Fall Fest: Slow-Cooked Meals from Breakfast through Dessert

By: Caitlin Heikkila

Dust off your slow cooker. It’s officially the season of low and slow, the kind you can set, forget and come home to after work just in time for dinner. It’s kind of like having a personal chef who specializes in your favorite comfort foods. Here are a few slow-cooker favorites it can help you with, from breakfast to dessert.

Breakfast

Waking up early is so much better when Kelsey’s Irish oatmeal is involved. Just combine oats, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and bananas before bed, then look forward to a sweet-and-spiced breakfast eight hours later.

Lunch

There’s a surprise inside these turkey meatballs: oozing melted mozzarella. The cheesy rounds, with a combination of pesto and Parmesan makes them irresistible, particularly inside a soft sub roll.

Side Dish

Roasting may hog the spotlight, but slow-cooking is a stellar way to cook seasonal Brussels sprouts with even less hassle. Quickly sauté the little guys with shallots and butter to add roasted flavor. Serve them as a side dish or savor as a snack.

Dave Lieberman - Slow Cooked Brussels Sprouts

Photo by: Adrian Mueller ©2012, Adrian Mueller / AMueller.com, Cooking Channel, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Adrian Mueller, 2012, Adrian Mueller / AMueller.com, Cooking Channel, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Dinner

Think slow-cookers are reserved only for soups and stews? Alton Brown proves that theory wrong with his pepper pork chops. Brine the meat overnight wiht peppercorns and brown sugar, then cook the lot with apples. It’s best enjoyed by a crackling fireplace.

Dessert

This slow-cooked pear dessert (pictured up top) is infused with all the best flavors of fall — cider, cinnamon and cloves. Pears hold up well in the slow cooker, leaving you with a festive and impressive autumn finale with little effort.

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Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Slow Cooker Cassoulet
The Cultural Dish: Slow-Cooker Beef Stew
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