Perfect slow cooker pairings to make everyone in your family happy

A slow cooker is the perfect addition to busy households. You can throw in your ingredients and leave them to cook all day. Hours later, you'll enjoy a delicious meal with hardly any effort. Here are some fun experiments to try with your slow cooker.

Perfect slow cooker pairings to make everyone in your family happy

Classic slow cooker combinations

Try these combinations that pair perfectly with any type of meat.

With pork

  • Whether you're cooking gammon, ham or a pork joint, think beverages for a perfect flavour pairing.
  • Apple juice or cider both make a great base for a pork slow cooker dish, and you can even use cola for a really aromatic piece of meat.

Try it tonight: Add chopped onions and carrots to the bottom of your slow cooker, and place a joint of gammon on top. Spread mustard over the top of the gammon and pour in 500 millilitres of cider or apple juice.

With beef

  • Less expensive beef joints work perfectly in a slow cooker, as the long, slow cooking time means they end up mouth-wateringly tender.
  • Red wine and ginger are both great pairings for beef, although don't use them at the same time!

Try it tonight: Braise beef brisket in your slow cooker with ginger, garlic, spring onions, soy sauce and beef stock for a Chinese style supper dish.

With lamb

Slow cooked lamb with white beans is a classic, and is really easy in a slow cooker, but lamb also works well with North African spices and fruits, like apricots and lemons.

Try it tonight: Give your lamb joint a Moroccan flavour by using dried apricots, olives, cinnamon, cumin, lemon zest and a splash of water for a fragrant feast of the senses. Serve with couscous and rice.

With chicken

  • A whole chicken is tasty and tender when cooked in a slow cooker, but you can also use individual chicken joints or thighs.
  • Perfect slow cooker pairings for chicken include wine, tomatoes and balsamic vinegar.

Try it tonight: Go for the classic French coq au vin by adding browned chicken pieces, bacon, baby onions, baby mushrooms and red wine to your slow cooker.

Your family will enjoy delicious and convenient meals when you try these classic slow cooker pairings. Add your favourite flavours and come up with your own perfect slow cooker dish.

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