When cooking regular meals at home, I tend to just make it up as I go along...rarely following a recipe! So for this recipe, I have given the ingredients I used, but not the quantities, you can adjust to your family's needs :)
Slow Cooker Autumn Ham Casserole
- joint of gammon ham (I use smoked)
- potatoes, peeled and chopped
- carrots, peeled and chopped
- onions, peeled and sliced
- stock cubes (ham or chicken)
- garlic, peeled
- sweetcorn (or any other veg you like!)
- cooking apples, sliced into wedges
- bay leaves
- freshly ground black pepper
I used new potatoes in this casserole, so didn't need to peel them. I just halved or quartered, depending on their size, and threw them into the slow cooker pot, along with the carrots, onions, a few bay leaves and whole garlic cloves. I then twisted over some black pepper. At this point I added a splash of water and turned up the slow-cooker to 'high'.
Sometimes I brown my meat first, before adding it to the slow cooker - I tend to do that mainly with beef, but since I was cooking with gammon on this occasion, I just placed the joint straight on top of the vegetables. I then added the stock - about half a pint or so. I used chicken stock as I had run out of ham. You could just use water - it's up to you :)
On with the lid, and after an hour at high, I turn my slow-cooker down to low and leave to cook for 6 hours - at the very least - longer if I can. A couple of hours before I'm going to serve, I throw in some frozen veggies. In this case it was sweetcorn. I also added wedges of apple to give a fruity sweetness to the dish, and because we (us Brits) often eat pork with apple sauce :) You could thicken up the gravy with some cornflour/water or some gravy granules, but I didn't on this occasion.
I served my Slow Cooker Autumn Ham Casserole with [freezer] Yorkshire puddings (I needed to use them up!)...everything else was already in the pot and ready to eat! Enjoy!
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