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.

More Slow-Cooked Recipes from Family + Friends:
Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Slow Cooker Cassoulet
The Cultural Dish: Slow-Cooker Beef Stew
Taste with the Eyes: Elegant Braised Leeks
Keep Reading

Next Up

Which Wines to Serve at Your Thanksgiving Meal

When you're choosing wines for your Thanksgiving table, it seems simple: What goes best with turkey? While that's one way of going about it, it probably makes more sense to figure out what else is happening on the table.

Hump Day Snack: Last-Minute Thanksgiving Cocktails

Thanksgiving is only a day a way, but don't fret! This Apple-Pumpkin Beer Cocktail is easy to throw together at the last minute and will ease your tensions at the dinner table.

Feeding Guests During the Thanksgiving Holiday

Some smart preparation makes feeding your Thanksgiving houseguests a cinch — even if they're staying the whole holiday weekend.

Give Thanks for Cheese

Get Thanksgiving cheese platter ideas from Cooking Channel, including the best cheeses to serve on Turkey Day and how to present them.

Super Food Nerds: Make Hard Apple Cider from Scratch (Sort Of)

Cooking Channel's Super Food Nerds learn how to make hard apple cider from store-bought apple cider with a few ingredients and some patience. Find out how.

Meatless Monday: Squash Soup

This simple butternut squash soup recipe makes an ideal Meatless Monday supper and Thanksgiving appetizer.

Thanksgiving Countdown: Schedule & Calendar

Count down to Thanksgiving with a checklist that will help you get your shopping and preparation in order.

This Guy Will Be Your Horrible Thanksgiving Boyfriend

A weird guy offers his services to be a fake boyfriend at a Thanksgiving dinner. His price? Just one awesome meal.

Thirsty Thursday: Apple Toddy

Cooking Channel's Apple Toddy is the perfect accompaniment to chilly winter nights and serves as a delicious reminder of seasonal pleasures.

On TV

Cheap Eats

10am | 9c

Cheap Eats

10:30am | 9:30c

Cheap Eats

11am | 10c

Cheap Eats

11:30am | 10:30c

Unique Eats

12pm | 11c

Unique Eats

12:30pm | 11:30c

Unique Eats

1pm | 12c

Unique Eats

1:30pm | 12:30c

Good Eats

2pm | 1c

Good Eats

2:30pm | 1:30c

Carnival Eats

6:30pm | 5:30c

Carnival Eats

7:30pm | 6:30c

Carnival Eats

8:30pm | 7:30c

Carnival Eats

9:30pm | 8:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Carnival Eats

10pm | 9c

Carnival Eats

10:30pm | 9:30c

Good Eats

11pm | 10c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c

Carnival Eats

12am | 11c

Carnival Eats

12:30am | 11:30c

Carnival Eats

1am | 12c

Carnival Eats

1:30am | 12:30c

Carnival Eats

2:30am | 1:30c

Good Eats

3am | 2c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c
What's Hot
What's Hot

The Best Thing I Ever Ate

New Episodes Mondays 9|8c

So Much Pretty Food Here