I have had my Morphy Richards Partition Slow Cooker for almost 2 weeks now and with the exception of 1 meal at the inlaws and one left-over meal from the slow cooker, I have cooked our dinners in it every night. We have had lovely, nutritious, filling but not fatty meals which have made me pretty darn proud. I might even be a teeny bit smug. But it’s all thanks to Felicity. I named her Felicity you know?
Do you know what Felicity made us today? Lasagne! Or lasagna! Whichever way you like it spelled, Felicity rocked the lasagne today. I didn’t expect it to turn out to be perfectly honest. I imagined that the gluten free pasta sheets would either turn to glue or be rock hard bits of cardboard. I should have had faith because you know what? Felicity delivered.
I layered in tomato sauce, GF pasta sheets, ricotta cheese, mushrooms and grated mozzarella, put the lid on Felicity and switched her on. This was around 1pm which is later than I usually get Felicity fired up. By 6pm Ella and Sam and I were sitting down to some rather gorgeous lasagne. It wasn’t going to win any awards for presentation but it was the nicest gluten free lasagne that I have had in 2 years!
My inspiration for trying lasagne in the Morphy Richards Partition Slow Cooker is my new role model, Stephanie O’Dea, who blogs at A Year of Slow Cooking. I’ll wait for you to click on that link to check out the lasagne recipe. Go on then…
Simple eh? You want to run out right now and buy the ingredients and the slow cooker don’t you? Well do it. Because this lasagne rocks. I used Tesco’s Gluten Free Pasta Sheets and they cooked up magnificently which is a miracle in and of itself. Now in my lasagne I used Ricotta but was slightly challenged with spreading it out nicely. It didn’t matter in the end, however. I also only added a layer of mushrooms to our creation as Ella isn’t a fan of “crunchy bits” but with my Morphy Richards Slow Cooker I could have made one side with more “crunchy bits” and the other side with less for the kids. Genius idea eh?
I will try a few things differently next time. I will be sure to slather a teeny bit of oil or spread around the sides of Felicity as there was a fair bit of stickage. I will try 2 varieties in the partitions and will remember that cooking on High isn’t necessarily the best but rather Medium for 6 hours or so. Also, I did top off my layers with a final proper layer of passatta in addition to the 1/4 cup of water that Stephanie suggests in her recipe.
What recipe have you tried in your slow cooker that you never would have? Did the end result exceed expectations? Have you ever made a right proper flop in the slow cooker? I’m going to go polish Felicity now. She’s making us a lovely beef brisket tomorrow.