This is such a great idea, Sandra over at http://familycorner.blogspot.com has started a crockpot recipe exchange – an opportunity to share slow cooker recipes that work. I only got my crockpot last spring – when I suggested buying one to my husband he actually waved his arms in the air and shouted “Praise the Lord!” He loves stews and soups, I’m not such a fan of them but am definitely a fan of cheap and easy cooking. I now use our slow cooker at least a couple of times each week.
Today I’m cooking leek and potato soup (serves 4):
chop and put in cooker on high for 3 hours:
2 large leeks, 1lb potatoes (about 3 medium ones), 2 or 3 cloves of garlic
add 2 pints (1.25litres) hot vegetable stock, a little lemon juice (a dessert spoonful max.) and you’re done! Add a little freshly ground pepper when serving.
A much classier version is leek, potato and fish soup:
follow the same recipe and method as above but also adding a pound (450g approx) white fish fillet, and substitute fish stock for the vegetable stock (or just use plain water for a more delicate flavour).
With either recipe a small glass of white wine added at the beginning of cooking will deepen all the flavours. (the alcohol evaporates anyway). The lemon juice takes the place of extra salt.