Our escape on a chilly evening? The slow cooker. Come home to our favorite main dishes, sides, appetizers, and drinks that are sure to soothe your family with the simple joys of comfort food.
A Chinese version of barbecue, this moist, flavorful roast pairs well with rice and stir-fried vegetables such as snow peas,
baby corn, and water chestnuts. It's made with a Boston butt pork roast and a flavorful marinade that reduces into a rich
View Recipe: Slow Cooker Char Siu Pork Roast
We recommend you serve this slow-cooker roast with mashed potatoes. Also, garnish with fresh thyme sprigs, if desired.
View Recipe: Mediterranean Roast Turkey
Aromatic Indian spices infuse this vegetarian dish with an exotic blend of flavors while coconut milk creates a creamy finish.
View Recipe: Vegetable and Chickpea Curry
Mafaldine is a flat noodle with ruffled edges. You can substitute spaghetti if you prefer. Though it will take eight and a
half hours before this recipe is ready to be served, only 25 minutes will be hands-on. You can't beat that!
View Recipe: Slow-Simmered Meat Sauce
This rich and complex apple butter adds a new dimension to pork chops or chicken, and also works well simply spread atop a
warm slice of toast.
View Recipe: Overnight Apple Butter
If you can't find niçoise olives, use another meaty variety, such as kalamata or gaeta.
View Recipe: Provençal Beef Daube
A smoked ham hock, cooked with the chili and then discarded, adds just the right amount of smokiness with minimal effort.
View Recipe: Smoky Slow Cooker Chili
A little slow-cooker magic transforms affordable veal shanks into a decadent dinner. Stretch your penny further by using the
remaining broth in soups and stews.
View Recipe: Osso Buco with Gremolata
This rustic dish takes its cue from the typical fare served in Provence, a region in the southeastern part of France that
is known for dishes highlighting fresh local ingredients such as garlic, tomatoes, olive oil, olives, and sweet bell peppers.
Be sure to use bone-in chicken breasts for this recipe, or substitute bone in chicken thighs.
View Recipe: Provençale Chicken Supper
Lasagna in a slow cooker? You bet! Simply assemble the layers and walk away. No-boil lasagna noodles are perfect for this
recipe, as they absorb all the juices that accumulate in the crockpot.
View Recipe: Pesto Lasagna with Spinach and Mushrooms
Feijoada (pronounced fay-ZWAH-da) is a delicious stew of pork and black beans that's traditionally served over rice with fresh
orange slices. In Brazil, this dish is often served on special occasions, but preparing it in a slow cooker makes it possible
to serve this rich dish on the busiest weeknights.
View Recipe: Brazilian Feijoada
Tender, Asian-spiced beef served over rice is elegant enough for company.
View Recipe: Curried Beef Short Ribs
Get a jump start on dinner by making this meal the night before. Or, let it simmer in the slow cooker on low for six to eight
View Recipe: Barley-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls with Pine Nuts and Currants
Guests will be delighted to find this restaurant favorite on your buffet table. Get this appetizer started in the slow cooker
a couple of hours ahead, and then make your final party preparations. The dip will be ready just as partygoers begin to arrive.
View Recipe: Cheesy Spinach-Artichoke Dip
Though this delicious meal takes some planning ahead, you'll be glad when you can spend the time before dinner chatting with
family and friends instead of busily running around the kitchen. Use leftover meat and gravy to make roast beef sandwiches
the next day.
View Recipe: Company Pot Roast
Chickpeas give an unexpected twist to classic chili. On second thought, nearly all of the flavors in this recipe give an entirely
different flavor to the typical Tex-Mex staple but—we have to say—it will soon become a classic.
View Recipe: Chickpea Chili
The slow cooker helps make this classic dish a weeknight supper your family will love. You may have most of the ingredients
on hand in your pantry, and with minimal prep time, you can have this cooking before you leave for the day.
View Recipe: Beef Stroganoff
This traditional Louisiana Creole fare is the ultimate in thriftiness and convenience. The long cooking time coaxes the spiciness
from the sausage into the beans. Be sure to add the salt to the dish after it has cooked and just before serving. Adding salt
to dried beans too early will slow the cooking process and make the beans less tender.
View Recipe: Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice
Butter-tossed breadcrumbs that are stirred in just before serving give this meatless dish a robust stewlike consistency.
View Recipe: Thyme-Scented White Bean Cassoulet
Cipollini onions are small, flat Italian onions. If you can't find them, substitute pearl onions. Other large full-flavored
greens like mustard greens or kale will work, as well.
View Recipe: Beef Pot Roast with Turnip Greens
For a main dish, split the potatoes from the top, and open slightly; pile on more toppings, and enjoy the entire potato.
View Recipe: Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes
All you need is twenty minutes to get this dish in the slow cooker. You'll have a hearty chicken and veggie supper waiting
for you when you get home.
View Recipe: Chicken with Carrots and Potatoes
Serve this dip with assorted vegetable dippers. It's also tasty as a condiment spread on turkey burgers.
View Recipe: Gruyère Bacon Dip
Ginger infuses this lemony hot toddy with spiciness–the perfect antidote to chilly winter weather. After you add the alcohol,
turn the slow cooker to low and allow guests to help themselves.
View Recipe: Ginger-Lemon Hot Toddies
This Cajun-inspired recipe is a savory choice for a weeknight dish during wintertime. Round out this meal with a small green
salad and a slice of toasted French baguette.
View Recipe: Sausage Jambalaya
Serve these greens with pork tenderloin and garlic mashed potatoes.
View Recipe: Balsamic Collard Greens
This hearty soup is exploding with flavors. Meat lovers will crave this bacon-packed and sausage-enriched delight. For a thicker
consistency, let the cassoulet stand 30 minutes before serving.
View Recipe: Smoked Sausage Cassoulet
Jalapeño seeds add a slight kick to this Thai beef dish. If you want to decrease the heat, seed the jalapeño before mincing.
View Recipe: Thai Red Curry Beef
If you use frozen peaches, there's no need to thaw them first. This chutney thickens as it stands, as well as when it chills.
Serve the chutney warm or chilled with grilled or roasted pork, chicken, or lamb.
View Recipe: Chunky Peach-Ginger Chutney
The pulled pork sandwich is a classic, and cooking the roast in a slow cooker makes this dish incredibly easy. Use packaged
cabbage and carrot coleslaw to shave off prep time.
View Recipe: Pork and Slaw Sandwiches
Served with baked tortilla chips, this festive appetizer will be a hit at your next party.
View Recpe: Salsa Cheesecake
If you prefer milder foods, reduce or omit the crushed red pepper. Add warm naan on the side of this classic Indian dish.
View Recipe: Chicken Korma
The intriguing combination of lamb, saffron, sweet spices, and dried plums makes this slow-cooker meal suitable for supper
club and easy entertaining.
View Recipe: Lamb Tagine
Capturing the simplicity found in sun-drenched Mediterranean cuisine, these braised chicken thighs melt under the influence
of bright, vibrant lemon, briny olives and capers, and juicy plum tomatoes. Serve with rosemary mashed potatoes or over hot
View Recipe: Mediterranean Chicken
A sprinkle of Parmesan and thyme adds a unique twist to this savory Sweet Potato Gratin.
View Recipe: Sweet Potato Gratin
Sink your teeth into succulent, perfectly cooked meatballs from your slow cooker. Serve over hot couscous and top with a spicy-sweet
mango chutney sauce.
View Recipe: Meatballs with Chutney Sauce
Salsa and chili powder add spice to this chicken stew, but probably not too much for timid tasters or kids. If you want to
kick up the heat, use a hot salsa and a dash of hot sauce or ground red pepper.
View Recipe: Spicy Chicken Stew
Hoppin' John is said to bring good luck all year when eaten on New Year's Day.
View Recipe: Hoppin' John
Think outside the "dish." You can enjoy the flavor and texture of enchiladas in a slow cooker; just stack the tortillas instead
of rolling them. We suggest lining your slow cooker with a slow-cooker bag so you can easily remove the stack from the cooker.
View Recipe: Chicken Enchilada Stack
This slow cooker medley of Chinese flavors is a yummy and healthy alternative to take-out. Serve with lime wedges to add zesty
View Recipe: Chinese Pork Tenderloin with Garlic-Sauced Noodles
This soup is simple, savory, and extremely soothing on a cold winter night. To serve twelve to sixteen, make two batches of
soup instead of doubling the recipe.
View Recipe: Butternut Squash-Parsnip Soup
This simple chicken dish becomes a whole lot more savory when stuck in a slow cooker. The sweet juice mixture gives the chicken
its undeniably delicious flavor. Serve over hot cooked rice.
View Recipe: Sweet Glazed Chicken Thighs
Beef brisket is at its best when you simmer it in a slow cooker and flavor it with beer and onions.
View Recipe: Beef Brisket with Beer
This cheesy crab dip makes a savory party appetizer with minimal preparation time. Serve warm with pita chips or whole-grain
View Recipe: Cheesy-Spinach Crab Dip
Topped with fresh chives and parsley, this flavorful Hungarian dish will delight your taste buds. Serve over egg noodles to help soak up the sauce.
View Recipe: Veal Paprikash
There’s no doubt that this dish is a slow-cooker masterpiece. Pork, cabbage, sauerkraut, and rice blend perfectly together
to create a well-balanced entrée.
View Recipe: Cabbage Rolls
Fresh mandarin oranges, riesling, and orange marmalade provide the highlights for the sweet profile, while crushed red pepper
adds the spicy kick to this Asian-inspired turkey dish. Serve with hot steamed rice as an accompaniment to soak up the delicious
View Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Satsuma Turkey
Madras curry powder lends a little spice without being overpowering. Coconut milk stirred in at the end of the cooking time
counters the burn with sweet creaminess. Reminiscent of many Indian-inspired dishes, this recipe relies on slow cooking to
develop its richness.
View Recipe: Curried Pork over Basmati Rice
If it’s buried under bacon, then you know it’s got to be good. This is a yummy comfort food perfect for the winter months
and appropriate for all members of your family.
View Recipe: Curried Lentil-Tomato Soup
Serve over steamed rice to savor every bit of the sweet Asian glaze. This classic dish is a slow-cooker must-have on your
weeknight meal planner.
View Recipe: Sesame-Ginger Chicken
The spicy-sweet gingersnaps soften the tang of white vinegar. Serve the tender marinated beef and sauce over spaetzle (tiny
noodles or dumplings) for an authentic German feast.
View Recipe: Sauerbraten
Experiment with a variety of fresh vegetables in this vegetarian Madras curry. You can stir in spinach or Swiss chard during
the last 30 minutes of cooking, if you like.
View Recipe: Tofu and Chickpea Curry
Heating the chicken drummettes in the oven helps to brown them. You can also brown them in batches, in a skillet on the cooktop.
View Recipe: Buffalo-Style Drummettes with Blue Cheese Dip
Snuggle up to a cozy fireplace with this warm, flavorful, and savory cider. If you'd prefer a beverage with less spice, try
substituting apple juice for the apple cider. It's fantastic either way.
View Recipe: Spiced Caramel Cider
Before there were nachos, there were chilaquiles. Tomatoes and spices simmer with any kind of meat to make the ideal topping
for tortilla chips. Here, chipotle, chicken, and cilantro meld in this filling Mexican favorite.
View Recipe: Chilaquiles
Seasoned meatballs simmer in an aromatic tomato sauce for a Mediterranean-style dinner. Use kitchen shears to coarsely chop
the tomatoes while they are still in the can. You can shape meatballs in advance and store them in the freezer to save time.
The rest of the recipe is best prepared and cooked in the same day.
View Recipe: Moroccan-Meatballs in Spicy Tomato Sauce
With their crisp texture and sweet flavor, bell peppers are a nice complement to the pork in this dish. If you plan to use
peppers within a day or two, keep them at room temperature for better flavor.
View Recipe: Caribbean-Style Pork
Dried beans are inexpensive and a convenient choice for economical meals. They also lend themselves well to slow cooking because,
unlike on the cooktop, there is no risk of burning during the long simmering period. This meatless entrée reheats well the
next day for lunch. Store leftover bean mixture and rice in separate containers in the refrigerator.
View Recipe: Cuban Beans and Rice
Soft tortillas wrap savory pork, fresh tomatoes, garlic cloves, and citrus juices blending to make the perfect slow-cooker
delicacy. Serve with black beans and rice, if desired.
View Recipe: Pork Carnitas
With spiced apples and caramelized onions, these tender pork chops create a beautiful and flavorful dish for your holiday
table. Essential to the recipe, the thickness of the pork chops ensures that the chops stay tender and juicy throughout the
long cook time. Mashed sweet potatoes and sautéed Brussels sprouts complete the comforting meal.
View Recipe: Spiced Apple Pork Chops
Loaded with grains and vegetables, these burritos make a complete one-dish meal.
View Recipe: Barley, Black Bean, and Corn Burritos
For the red wine, try a Chianti or zinfandel. The beef mixture tastes even better after it's been refrigerated a day or two,
and then reheated.
View Recipe: Beef Burgundy with Egg Noodles
Get ready to serve a crowd! Baguette pieces continue the French-Cajun theme.
View Recipe: Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya
This soup has a mild chile flavor. If you want more heat, increase the amount of chili powder and don't seed the jalapeños.
View Recipe: Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili
Drench tender lamb shanks in perfectly seasoned veggies and savory cannellini beans. You'll be surprised at the remarkable
View Recipe: Tarragon Lamb Shanks with Cannellini Beans
You can set up this recipe in less than 15 minutes, turn on the slow cooker, and go. Come back in four hours, and your supper
will be ready.
View Recipe: Herb Sausage-Stuffed Peppers
Traditional Southern succotash is a combination of lima beans, corn, and tomatoes. in our version, Mediterranean vegetables
are the stars.
View Recipe: Mediterranean Succotash
There's no way you can ever go wrong with a glass of steamy, savory, and sweet hot chocolate. In addition, serve this coffee-flavored
beverage with a batch of your favorite biscotti.
View Recipe: Mocha Hot Chocolate
You'll love the aroma of cumin, oregano, and gently braised pork that will fill your home as the stew cooks.
View Recipe: Posole
Seasoned with ginger, garam masala, mustard seeds, and cumin, this fragrant Indian-spiced pork loin braises in a tomato-based
sauce. The low-and-slow cooking method renders the pork melt-in-your-mouth tender.
View Recipe: Pork Vindaloo
Spoon this savory Italian meat sauce over any pasta of your choice. We love the long, ribbon-style pappardelle. The beauty
of bolognese? It freezes well.
View Recipe: Bolognese
The soothing aroma of fresh oatmeal makes this dish the ultimate comfort food. Savor happiness in a bowl with the flavors
of brown sugar, cinnamon, and maple syrup topped with chopped hazelnuts and apples.
View Recipe: Maple-Hazelnut Oatmeal
This white bean dip gets its flavor from a combination of roasted garlic, rosemary, and kalamata olives and its smooth texture
from ricotta cheese. If time allows, pick up a baguette and make your own crostini at home, or just serve with crackers.
View Recipe: Roasted Garlic-White Bean Dip
The grated fresh ginger in this takeout favorite gives the chicken an extra kick. Substitute pork tenderloin in place of chicken
thighs, if desired.
View Recipe: Sweet and Sour Chicken
This high-flavor dish combines fresh vegetables with curry, cumin, cayenne, and chutney.
View Recipe: Curried Vegetables on Couscous
Tender pork loin roast makes a textbook slow-cooker meal. Soaked in sweet and savory flavors, this dish is brilliant cold-weather
View Recipe: Braised Pork Loin with Port and Dried Plums
Leaving out the chicken doesn’t make this dish any less filling or tasty. The medley of vegetables topped with a fluffy and
savory biscuit creates phenomenal flavor and will appease everyone in your family.
View Recipe: Vegetable Pot Pie with Parmesan-Black Pepper Biscuits
You already love pulled chicken, so why not try it in a slow cooker? Savor this tender, melt-in-your-mouth chicken sandwich
with ketchup-based sauce for lunch or dinner.
View Recipe: Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
A little of this spicy soup goes a long way, so it's best when served as an appetizer soup. If you want to decrease the heat,
seed the jalapeños.
View Recipe: Caribbean Black Bean Soup
Five-spice powder-dusted turkey thighs become tender and moist from slow cooking atop a medley of Asian vegetables. Wheat-flour
udon noodles are a perfect complement to the flavorful broth.
View Recipe: Braised Turkey and Asian Vegetables
The garlic becomes creamy and mellows as it cooks. Spread it on chunks of crusty French baguette and soak up the fabulous
sauce as you enjoy every morsel of this super-tender chicken. If you're tight on time, substitute 3 pounds of chicken pieces
rather than cut up the whole chicken. Also, look for garlic cloves that are already peeled.
View Recipe: Garlic Chicken
This slow cooker chicken dish is simple, but packed with rich flavors from the white wine, chopped tomatoes, and variant spices.
Serve over hot cooked rice.
View Recipe: Saucy Chicken over Rice
Here's a refreshingly fruity mix of tea and lemonade that is delicious hot or cold–depending on the season. You can even spike
View Recipe: Berry-Lemonade Tea
The secret is in the name of this recipe–it's so easy to make! Just combine all of the ingredients, set your slow cooker for
eight hours, and serve this stew with your favorite side of bread.
View Recipe: Easy Brunswick Stew
Brighten up any weeknight meal with this healthy side dish loaded with vitamins.
View Recipe: Honey-Orange Carrots
Give this stew a little crunch by lightly sprinkling almonds on top. The consistencies of the ingredients will mesh nicely
with the flavors.
View Recipe: Chicken Stew with Green Olives
A combo of tomato juice and flour creates a thick sauce. Serve with a piece of naan to sop up any extra.
View Recipe: Indian Lamb Curry
Lemon zest adds a nice bright lift to the spicy sauce and complements the Greek-inspired flavors of these meatballs.
View Recipe: Lamb Meatballs
Make these popular pork sliders into appetizers by putting them on dinner rolls.
View Recipe: Rosemary Pork Sliders with Horseradish Aioli
Make your friends "green" with envy at your slow cooker savvy by serving up this savory Southwestern-style entrée, loaded
with tomatillos, onion, and roasted poblano and jalapeño peppers. Corn tortillas and a simple green salad round out the menu.
View Recipe: Chicken Verde
This recipe uses many common pantry and refrigerator staples. All you have to pick up at the supermarket is fresh spinach
and chicken thighs.
View Recipe: Tuscan Chicken Soup
We left the skins on the McIntosh apples to provide texture and color to this favorite fruit dish.
View Recipe: Chunky Applesauce
Black beans are a staple side to any Mexican dish. Serve these beans warm and tender after 10 hours in the slow cooker.
View Recipe: Santa Fe Black Beans
The Italian word "cacciatore" translates to "hunter" in English, referring to a dish prepared with tomatoes, mushrooms, and
View Recipe: Chicken Cacciatore
A little lemon juice brings out the vivid color in these beets and keeps the flavors bright, too.
View Recipe: Lemon-Rosemary Beets
Serve with jasmine rice to help soak up some of the sauce. Snow peas make a great side dish for rounding out your meal.
View Recipe: Plum Pork Tenderloin
This recipe is easy to prepare and even easier to cook. Leave in the slow cooker for six to eight hours and then by the time
you come home from work, it will be perfectly primed and ready to eat.
View Recipe: Chickpeas in Curried Coconut Broth
After three to five hours in the slow cooker, this dish will be ready to enjoy over pasta and sprinkled with parsley. This
healthy dinner entrée is a great option for any night of the week.
View Recipe: Ragout of Veal
Blue cheese amps up the flavor for a little twist on the traditional artichoke appetizer. The dip holds up well for about
two hours after the cook time. Serve with pita chips or toasted baguette slices.
View Recipe: Blue Cheese-Artichoke Dip
Guaranteed to heat up any meal, this corn pudding is a tasty menu item for a Mexican-themed buffet.
View Recipe: Poblano Corn Pudding
Freeze your summer bounty of black-eyed peas for fresh flavor in the fall. Reduce the amount of hot sauce and finely chopped
jalapeño pepper to mellow out the spicy flavor, if you desire.
View Recipe: Spicy Black-Eyed Peas
Sauerkraut balances the sweetness of the apricot preserves and orange juice. Slow cooking tenderizes the pork and dried fruit.
View Recipe: Pork with Apricots, Dried Plums, and Sauerkraut
This classic soup gets a double hit of cheese–stirred into the soup and sprinkled over the top.
View Recipe: Potato Soup
Serve this classic Middle Eastern meal in bowls so you can scoop up every drop of the tasty sauce with warm pita bread. Offer
a salad of chopped lettuce, cucumber, and feta cheese.
View Recipe: Stuffed Squash
Serve this honey-colored jam alongside goat cheese or 1/3-less-fat cream cheese with assorted crackers. The recipe makes a
lot, so store in decorative jars in your refrigerator to serve to unexpected guests and at impromptu parties. Tie on a pretty
ribbon to present as a hostess gift.
View Recipe: Orange-Fig Jam