Slow Cooker Greek Baker’s Pot

Slow Cooked Chickpea, Baker's Pot recipe

One of my goals for Jumpstart January is to eat two meat-free meals each week.   Slow Cooker Greek Baker’s Pot is one of the dishes I’ve made to help me achieve my goal, it’s based on an old Greek country dish eaten during Lent when meat was not permitted.  Many families didn’t have an oven so they sent their casserole to the local baker to be cooked overnight in the heat remaining in the baker’s oven.

The traditional Greek Baker’s Pot would have slices of potato baked as a ‘lid’ on top of the chickpeas and vegetables, but I decided to chop the potatoes into chunks and cook them along with the other veg, as I think that works better in the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Greek Baker's Pot

Other than soaking the chickpeas overnight, you only need to saute the onions, all the other ingredients can go straight into the pot where they will bubble away all day while you go and do other things.  Serving food in bowls is trend for 2017, and this dish is made to be served in a bowl.  It’s the perfect comfort food hug!

Vegetarian Greek Baker's Pot
A traditional Greek casserole made with chickpeas adapted for the slow cooker.
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  1. 350 g chickpeas
  2. 1 tbsp olive oil
  3. 2 onions, peeled and sliced
  4. 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  5. 4 celery sticks, sliced
  6. 1 red pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
  7. 1 tsp mixed herbs (oregano, thyme, basil)
  8. 1 can of tomatoes
  9. 225 g potatoes, chopped into 2 cm chunks
  10. 1 tsp sugar
  11. 70 ml vegetable stock
  12. salt & pepper
  13. 100 g mixed olives and Greek feta
  1. Soak the chickpeas in water overnight
  2. In the morning, heat the oil in a saute pan, large frying pan or if you have a Sear and Stew Slow Cooker with a metal bowl, you can use it direct on the heat.
  3. Fry the onions over a medium heat for a few minutes, add the garlic, celery and red pepper and cook for a few minutes more.
  4. Put the vegetables into the slow cooker and add the chickpeas, tomatoes, stock, potatoes and herbs.
  5. Season with salt & pepper
  6. Cook on Low for 8 hours or on High for 6 hours
  7. Add the olives and feta cheese before serving
  1. I had a few sun dried tomatoes left over in the fridge so added those too.
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Vegetarian Slow Cooker Greek Baker's Pot with chickpeas and vegetables

The Vegetarian Greek Baker’s Pot is my entry for the Slow Cooked Challenge, which is hosted this month by Lucy at BakingQueen74 if you’d like to join in here are the rules:

  • Make your recipe in your Slow Cooker or other slow cooking method and post a photograph and the recipe, or a link to a recipe, on your blog
  • Link to Farmersgirl Kitchen and Baking Queen 74
  • Use the Slow Cooked Challenge logo in your post
  • If you use twitter, tweet your post with @FarmersgirlCook @BakingQueen74 and use #SlowCookedChallenge and we  will re-tweet it to our followers AND post your picture on the dedicated Pinterest Board. 
  • A round up of all the entries will be posted on the host’s blog.


  • Please do not publish recipes from cookbooks on your blog without permission, they are copyright.
  • If you are using recipes from another website, please link to the recipe on the website rather than publishing the recipe.
  • One entry per blog.
  • Recipes must be added to the linky by the 28th of each month and a round up will be posted on the host blog.

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You can add any bits and pieces you have in the fridge to the Greek Baker’s Pot,  I had a few olives, feta and sun-dried tomatoes, which definitely add to the flavour, but they are not essential and the dish will stand on it’s own.  What would you add to the basic dish to make it your own? 

Slow Cooker Greek Baker's Pot

Here are some other chickpea casserole dishes you might like to try created by top U.K. Bloggers:

Harissa Lamb Stew with chickpeas and kale from Gingey Bites

Moroccan Chickpea and Aubergine Casserole from Planet Veggie

Spicy Lemon Chickpea Casserole from Fuss Free Flavours

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Cathy @ Planet Veggie

I’d never have thought about putting feta in a casserole but I can totally see how that would work!

Keep Calm and Fanny On

Love the look of this – minus the Olives for me, for some reason they give me the heebeegeebees!

Lucy @ BakingQueen74

What a delicious meal Janice, I think the addition of the feta, olives and sundried tomatoes makes it really special. Love the flavours in the dish and the pots baking in the bakers oven in the evening is a lovely tradition.

Katie Bryson

I love finding new vegetarian recipes for the slow cooker and this looks like a cracking supper idea for a cold and miserable month! I love the fact about people cooking their dinners in the baker’s oven 🙂


I love all the traditions in which the community bakery also served as an oven for families nearby. This adaptation for the slow cooker looks delicious.

Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet

This is a lovely looking meat free meal. And I love the Greek foods. Looks like a very handy food for this January.


This looks really wonderful. But I’m not meat-driven. This is my kind of meal!


I am at mum’s house for January, but I will try to join in Janice! And, I LOVE the look of this meat free Kleftico too!

Sarah James @ Tales From The Kitchen Shed

What a delicious recipe Janice, I love the sound of the feta with the tomatoes and olives. I like to eat meat free meals a couple of times a week too so this is going on my to try list.


great recipe thanks for sharing .

Jan Bennett

Oooh now this looks good! I love the addition of feta.