Slow-cookers, also known as crock-pots, make meals simple and easy. With some quick prep work in the morning, this handy cooking appliance simmers ingredients throughout the day, leaving you with a warm, home cooked meal when you get home.
From soups and stews to tender pieces of meat, crock-pots deliver hearty and flavorful meals without much work or fuss. But there are also several things that you probably didn’t know you could make in your crock-pot. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite (and unusual) dishes that can be made in a crock-pot.
Desserts like cheesecake, chocolate lava cake, and bananas foster seem daunting to make, but we’ve found crock-pot recipes that make them simple and easy to prepare. These recipes might seem unusual to make in a crock-pot, but it’s actually possible and a delicious way to prepare these desserts. It’s not just desserts that will surprise you either. There are other items like dips and warm fruit salads that can also be made in a crock-pot.
So, check out our list of things that you didn’t know you could make in a crock-pot — and some of the items will surprise you. The slow-cooker is the ultimate set- it-and-forget-it kitchen appliance, and the things you can make in it go beyond the obvious.
Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes.