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20 Slow Cooker Dinner Party Recipes (To Impress Your Friends!)

In this round-up, we’re looking at the best slow cooker dinner party recipes. From easy set-and-forget dinners through to meals that’ll take a little more effort, everything you’ll find here is guaranteed to impress your guests!

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As any fan will know, the slow cooker is an extremely versatile kitchen appliance! Whether you’re cooking slow cooker recipes for a midweek meal, or a slow cooker dessert to pair with a Sunday roast, you know your slow cooker has you covered.

Why Use A Slow Cooker For A Dinner Party?

If you’re entertaining guests, the last thing you want to do is spend your entire time in the kitchen preparing food. By using a slow cooker recipe for a dinner party, you can do all of the hard preparation work up front!

When it’s time for dinner, all you need to concentrate on is serving food and enjoying the evening with your guests.

Top Tips For A Dinner Party

  • Keep Stress To a Minimum. You’ve invited people to visit because you want to see them. Do the hard work up front so you don’t spend the entire time in the kitchen!
  • Get Guests Involved. Take away the stress of preparing numerous perfect looking plates by serving up one in the middle of the table and asking guests to serve themselves.
  • Keep Guests Entertained. You’ll be a lot less stressed if your guests are happy. Ensure they have a drink, get some music on, and don’t spend too long hiding away in the kitchen.

Best Slow Cooker Recipes For A Dinner Party

British Recipes

British food is perfect for gatherings. Whether you’re after a classic roast or slow cooker desserts, you can guarantee that your guests will leave will full bellies and smiles on their faces!

Slow Cooker Lamb Shoulder
The perfect way to cook a lamb shoulder is in the slow cooker, beautifully flavoursome and succulent!
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Slow Cooker Whole Chicken
A tender and flavourful slow cooked whole chicken
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Slow Cooker Chicken Pie
A classic creamy chicken pot pie with a puff pastry top
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Two bowls of slow cooker rice pudding with mint garnish and strawberries
Slow Cooker Rice Pudding
Slow Cooker Rice Pudding is a creamy and indulgent classic British pudding. A simple recipe that tastes delicious!
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Slow Cooker Syrup Sponge
Slow Cooker Treacle Sponge
A delicious and light syrup sponge pudding steamed in the slow cooker.
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Indian Recipes

Indian food is always a real crowd-pleaser when entertaining guests. Cook one or more of these dishes, maybe along with some homemade naans, and not a takeaway in sight. What’s not to love?

Slow Cooker Beef Madras
Slow cooker beef madras is dark and flavoursome beef curry. Tender chunks of meat are slow cooked in a hot and sour sauce with a deliciously spicy finsh.
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Overhead view of Chicken bhuna with naan bread.
Slow Cooker Chicken Bhuna
Slow Cooker Chicken Bhuna is a medium heat curry with a thick and tasty green chilli, tomato and onion sauce
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Slow Cooker Chicken Korma
A creamy and fruity chicken curry with a mild heat. Easy to make and delicious!
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Italian Recipes

Italian food and dinner parties are a match made in heaven! Whether you’re after a traditional Spaghetti Bolognese, or a classic Lasagne, you know you’ll have even the fussiest of eaters singing your praises with these slow cooker dinner party recipes.

Overhead view of Slow Cooker Bolognese with spaghetti, basil and parmesan.
Slow Cooker Bolognese
Slow Cooker Bolognese is a rich and comforting meat and tomato sauce. Full of flavour from beef, pancetta, red wine and herbs it's just perfect with pasta!
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Slow Cooker Lasagne
A rich beef ragu and creamy bechamel sauce are layered between sheets of pasta and cheese then slow cooked to create the classic Italian dish.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Marinara
A classic Italian tomato and herb sauce slow cooked with chicken and olives.
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Asian Recipes

“Asian Cuisine” casts a very wide net, but also contains some of the most flavoursome food you’ll find anywhere! Whether you’re a fan of spice, hot, sour, or something in between, there’s a recipe here for you.

Overhead view Slow Cooker Korean Beef with Jasmine rice topped with sliced spring onion and sesame seeds.
Slow Cooker Korean Beef
Slow cooker Korean Beef is a mouth wateringly aromatic dish. Tender chunks of beef are slowly cooked in a sweetly spiced dark and sticky sauce. Serve with plump jasmine rice, this one is not to be missed!
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Close up image of Slow Cooker Chicken Satay curry and rice.
Slow Cooker Chicken Satay Curry
Slow Cooker Chicken Satay Curry is deliciously rich and fragrant with tender pieces of chicken in a lightly spiced thick and nutty sauce.
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Overhead view of Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken in a bowl with spring onion garnish.
Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken
Tender chunks of chicken coated in a crispy batter covered in a sweet and tangy sauce with pineapples and fresh peppers. A take-away classic made easily in the slow cooker.
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Mexican Recipes

Mexican food never fails to impress. It’s easy to cook, but always has an amazing depth of flavour and is great for feeding a crowd.

Slow Cooker Chilli con Carne
Slow Cooker Chilli con Carne, a delicious spicy beef stew packed full of flavour.
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Slow Cooker Chilli Beef Brisket
Beef brisket, chilli, and tonnes of flavour are the perfect alternative slow cooker chilli recipe!
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Other Recipe Ideas

If none of the other dinner party recipes have caught your interest, why not try one of these?

Slow Cooker Doner Kebab in a flatbread with salad.
Slow Cooker Doner Kebab
Slow Cooker Doner Kebab is a delicious homemade version of the classic Turkish kebab. Perfectly seasoned lamb is cooked until tender, then served in a flatbread.
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Slow cooker pulled pork with BBQ sauce in a bun.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is a true American classic! Tender marinated meat is cooked slowly and coated in a delicious sweet and sticky BBQ glaze.
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Slices of slow cooker meatloaf on a bed of mash and green beans
Slow Cooker Meatloaf
Slow Cooker Meatloaf is a succulent and hearty blend of minced pork and beef with fragrant herbs and a rich and tangy glaze.
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Slow Cokker BBQ Pulled Chicken bun on a board
Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken
Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken is an awesome lighter alternative to other shredded meats. The rich and smokey BBQ flavours are quite literally mouth watering!
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Slow Cooker Turkey Curry in a bowl with a naan bread.
Slow Cooker Turkey Curry
Overhead view of Slow Cooker Tomato Soup in a bowl with bread.
Slow Cooker Tomato Soup