What is a more comforting food when winter draws in than a hearty casserole or a meaty stew? I don't know what we love more - the fact that they are war and satisfying or that we throw them into one pot or dish for a convenient meal. Casseroles and stews are economical dishes as the long, slow cooking means cheaper cuts of meat are perfect to use. The addition of winter vegetables adds flavour and important nutrients; serve with seasonal vegetables and mashed potatoes for a complete meal. Slow cookers or crockpots produce wonderful stews and are also equally effective for winter desserts like our gooey baked apples.
There are many recipes from around the world for stews and we have posted a few here.
Baked Apples for Slow Cooker
- 6-8 baking apples, cored
- 1⁄2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
- 1⁄4 cup raisins
- 1⁄2 cup chopped pecans
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Put cored apples into slow cooker. Mix brown sugar, raisins, cinnamon and pecans, fill apple centres. Add water to slow cooker. Place several marshmallows on top of apples. Cover and cook on Low 3-4 hours. Serve with thickened cream or custard.