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Favorite Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Recipes

Whether you're celebrating a loved one's graduation or the start of summer, what better way to do that than with these amazing, mouth-watering slow-cooked recipes? Parties take a lot of energy and planning as it is, but when you use your Crock-Pot® 8-Quart Manual Slow Cooker, you'll have one less thing to worry about on the big day! Save yourself time, money and preparation by making these delicious meals in advance.

Italian Braised Chicken with Fennel and Cannellini
This hearty and flavorful main dish will satisfy the taste buds of each of your guests with its sweet peppers and soft tomato-wine sauce.


  • 4 pounds chicken drumsticks, or thighs (skinned).
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt.
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained.
  • 2 bulbs fennel, cored and cut into thin wedges.
  • 2 medium yellow sweet peppers, seeded and sliced.
  • 2 medium onions, cut into thin wedges.
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced.
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, snipped.
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano, snipped.
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper.
  • 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans diced tomatoes.
  • 1 cup dry white wine or reduced-sodium chicken broth.
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste.
  • 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan cheese.
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley.


  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper and place in the bottom of your 4-quart slow cooker.
  2. Top with cannellini beans, fennel, yellow sweet pepper, onion, garlic, rosemary, oregano and crushed red pepper.
  3. In a bowl, mix together diced tomatoes, white wine or broth, tomato paste and a dash of salt.
  4. Pour over chicken drumsticks.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  6. When cook time is finished, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley.
  7. Keep warm until serving.
This braised chicken dish is filled with zesty flavor.This braised chicken dish is filled with zesty flavor.

Creamy Aioli Potatoes
These hearty, slow-cooked potatoes dipped in a soft and creamy dilled aioli are the perfect side dish pairing for the main meal.


  • Nonstick cooking spray.
  • 4 pounds small potatoes.
  • 2 red onions, cut into thin wedges.
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth.
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced.
  • 1 teaspoon smoked or regular paprika.
  • 1/2 cup green onions, finely chopped.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper.
  • 2 (8 ounce) cartons light sour cream.
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish.
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion.
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh dill.
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced.
  • 1 teaspoon salt.


  1. Coat the inside of your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Halve or quarter any large potatoes and place them in the bottom of slow cook with onion wedges.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the broth, garlic and paprika. Pour over potatoes and onions.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours or on high heat for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
  5. When finished, place potatoes in serving bowl and toss with green onions, salt and pepper.
  6. In another small bowl for aioli, mix sour cream, horseradish, chopped onion, dill, 2 cloves garlic and dash of salt. Cover with plastic wrap and chill until serving.
  7. Serve potatoes warm with aioli.
Served with a side of homemade aioli, these roasted potatoes are the perfect appetizer or side dish.Served with a side of homemade aioli, these roasted potatoes are the perfect appetizer or side dish.

Key Lime Cake
A party just isn't complete without the cake! Instead of opting for the classic white and vanilla cake this time around, try this deliciously sweet key lime cake that's just as simple to make.

Cake Ingredients:

  • Slow cooker liner.
  • 2 boxes lemon cake mix.
  • 2 boxes lime jello.
  • 6 eggs.
  • 3 cups unsweetened apple juice.
  • 1 cup orange juice.
  • 12 tablespoons confectioners sugar.
  • 1 cup lime juice.

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened.
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened.
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar.
  • 6 tablespoons lime juice.


  1. Spray your liner with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl, combine the lemon cake mix, lime jello, eggs, apple juice and orange juice.
  3. Mix well and pour batter into your liner.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours.
  5. In a small bowl combine confectioners sugar and lime juice.
  6. Poke holes with toothpick over the cake and pour lime and sugar mixture over top while still warm in the slow cooker.
  7. Let cake cool.
  8. Combine all frosting ingredients and mix well.
  9. Turn your liner upside down on a serving platter to remove cake from the liner.
  10. Frost cake and enjoy!
Guests will love this sweet treat!Guests will love this sweet treat!
Due to the slow ramp up, and even heating of a slow cooker, recipes featured on this site can be cooked in a range of slow cooker sizes. Recipes can be increased or decreased by one quart size per the cooking instructions. For smaller sauces and dips that call for 3 quarts or less, it is not recommended to alter the unit size. Crock-Pot® is a registered trademark and should not be used generically when referring to a 'slow cooker' within the recipes.
Sunbeam Products, Inc. d/b/a Jarden Consumer Solutions has not tested these recipes and is not responsible for the outcome of any recipe. You may not achieve the results desired due to variations in ingredients, cooking temperatures, cooking times, typos, errors, omissions, or individual cooking abilities. Please always use your best judgment when cooking with raw ingredients such as eggs, chicken or fish.


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