For those who have a busy life, the crockpot can be a great way to make some home-cooked meals that the entire family will enjoy. However, cooking in a slow cooker is a bit different than simply just making a meal. You cannot just take one of your regular recipes and dump it in the crockpot and expect it to turn out. There are some wonderful recipes out there that are designed specifically to be made in a slow cooker. Perhaps one of the best things about the slow cooker is that you can make just about any type of meal in it as long as you follow some simple directions.
Experiencing different flavors from around the world becomes quite easy with the right slow cooker recipes. Here are
14 of the best slow cooker recipes from around the world to help get you started.
1. Asparagus Barley Risotto
Risotto can be time-consuming to make as it requires a lot of stirring and attention. Here is an easy way to make it in the slow cooker.
For Asparagus Barley Risotto you will need:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1 and a half cups pearled barley
Fresh thyme, 2 sprigs
3 cups vegetable broth
1 pound asparagus cut into one inch pieces
⅔ cup parmesan
Zest of a lemon
¼ cup chopped parsley
¼ cup chopped fresh mint
Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add in the onions, salt, and pepper. Cook until onions are slightly browned. Add in the thyme and barely. Cook until the barley is golden. Add the mixture to the slow cooker. Pour in the broth, a cup and a half of water, and a pinch of salt. Cook on high for around 3 hours. Remove the thyme and add it to the asparagus. Cook for about thirty more minutes, or until the asparagus is tender. Add in the lemon zest, parmesan, and salt and pepper to taste. Fold in the mint and parsley. Add water if necessary to thin it out.