Unusual—But Good—Things To Cook In A Slow Cooker

slow cooker pizzaFall means leaves crunching under your feet and something warm and hearty simmering away at home. Save time and money by putting your slow cooker to work this season.


Skip takeout and make restaurant-quality pizza at home! Start with a preheated and greased slow cooker insert. Shape pizza dough to fit the bottom and cook it uncovered for an hour on high. Next, add a thin layer of pizza sauce and your toppings of choice, and liberally cover the dough with cheese. Cook for another hour uncovered and enjoy!

Hot tip for slow cooking:
Unlike most slow cooker recipes, pizza can’t be left to cook for a very long time. To prevent it from burning, remove the pizza from the slow cooker as soon as it’s done.


Fill your home with the aroma of freshly baked bread on a chilly fall day. Make and shape a batch of your favorite bread dough recipe. Line a slow cooker with parchment paper and place the loaf inside. Then, place the lid on the slow cooker. Cook on high for two and a half hours or until the internal temperature reads 200°F.

Hot tip for slow cooking:
To get a crisp crust, pop the loaf under the broiler for a few minutes after it comes out of the slow cooker.

Baked Potatoes

The weeknight dinner crunch just got a little less stressful. Start by pricking potatoes all over with a fork. Place each potato on a square of aluminum foil, drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt and spices. Wrap the potatoes, place them in the slow cooker and cover. Cooked on low, baked potatoes are ready in eight to 10 hours. Prep and place the potatoes in the slow cooker the night before and switch it on before you leave in the morning.

Hot tip for slow cooking:
To ensure all the potatoes cook evenly, don’t fill the slow cooker all the way to the top. Leave the top quarter of the slow cooker empty.


You’ll be hard-pressed to make brownies in the oven after enjoying the rich, moist slow cooker version. Grease the ceramic insert, then line the bottom with parchment paper. Whip up your favorite brownie recipe and pour the batter into the slow cooker. With the lid on, let cook for three and a half hours on low. Remove the lid and cook for another 30 minutes. Take out the insert and cool brownies for two hours.

Hot tip for slow cooking:
To easily remove brownies from the slow cooker insert, run a non-marking knife around the edge of the brownies. Then, place a plate or cutting board on top of the insert and invert.

Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce

Cooking weekend brunch for a crowd has never been easier. The night before, add homemade tomato sauce or a jar of ready-made sauce to the slow cooker and heat on low for eight hours. In the morning, gently add the eggs—one at a time—to the sauce. Cover and cook on high for 25 minutes.

Hot tip for slow cooking:
Crack each egg into a small dish before adding it to the tomato sauce. This will allow you to pick out any shell fragments and prevent them from making it into the sauce.

What’s your favorite unusual slow cooker dish? Let us know in the comments below!

Looking for more great recipes? Check out 5 Things To Do With Fresh Tomatoes.

By Alexandra Ward

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