5 Easy + Tasty Ways Your Slow Cooker Can Earn Its Keep This Winter

It's so far from a unitasker. Here are 5 of our favorite slow cooker recipes.
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If I could keep only one thing from my kitchen, it would be my slow cooker. Mainly because it’s hard to mess up a slow cooker recipe, but I’m also too lazy to cook sometimes. And, as if you needed another reason to use it, the recipes are virtually limitless, including dessert and drink options galore. I came up with a list of my favorite Food Network slow cooker recipes I think is perfect for cold weather.

Sausage, Bean and Pasta Stew

Photo by: Tara Donne

Tara Donne

Placing a parmesan rind in the slow cooker while the rest of the ingredients cook gives this stew a bold flavor. To tone down the spiciness, use sweet Italian sausage instead of hot.

Chicken Chili

The secret ingredient in this flavorful chili is lager-style beer. Top it with jalapeños, sour cream and extra chili powder to boost the flavor even more.

Apple Butter

Photo by: Brian Kennedy

Brian Kennedy

Recipe courtesy of the Henderson family

What's better than a homemade apple butter recipe? A slow-cooked one! Serve on biscuits, scones or eat it plain.

Chocolate Fondue

Photo by: Marshall Troy

Marshall Troy

There are a number of desserts you can try in a slow cooker, but chocolate fondue is my favorite. It’s even better than an actual fondue set because it keeps the chocolate at the perfect dipping temperature for hours. 

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Toasted Crostini With Herbed Cream Cheese Spread

Baked Brie With Raspberry Preserves

Mini Quiche Florentine

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Caramel-Covered Brie

Creamy Lump Crab and Corn Dip

Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits With Honey Ham

Beer Cheese Dip

Smoked Gouda and Herb Puffs

Homemade Pub-Style Pretzels

Chile and Lime Roasted Cashews

Homemade Pimento Cheese

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Blackberry Farm and Beall + Thomas Photography

Southern Fried Stuffing Balls

Photo By: Photography: Kat Teutsch; prop styling: Elizabeth MacLennan; food styling: Jamie Kimm

Pepperoni Pizza Hand Pies

Nacho-Stuffed Potato Skins

Maple Chili Popcorn

Photo By: Courtesy Kelsey Nixon ©2012 CookingChannelTV.com

Spicy Cheese Straws

Goat Cheese Quesadillas

Braised Pork Belly on Homemade Biscuits

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Blackberry Farm

Blackened Tuna Bites

Ropa Vieja Mini Tacos

Classic Cheese Fondue

Savory Focaccia

Photo By: Stefano Gargiulo

Crudites With Herbed Cream Cheese

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Fried Camembert

Bruschetta With Caramelized Dates, Walnuts and Goat Cheese

Carrot-Ginger Soup

Tofu Edamame Falafel With Tofu Tahini

Photo By: Courtesy Lee Anne Wong ©2012 CookingChannelTV.com

Nut-Crusted Brie With Cherry Chutney

Artichoke and Black Truffle Dip

Taleggio Crostini With Apple, Thyme and Honey

Photo By: Courtesy Andrea Albin ©2012 CookingChannelTV.com

Slow-Cooker Sangria 

Is there anything better than warm, spiced wine on a cold night? Yes: Prepping it in the slow cooker. While the spices and citrus peels infuse into the wine, it will double as an air freshener. It's a win-win. 

Make This: Slow-Cooker Sangria

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