There's a reason why slow cooker recipes are wildly popular. We want convenience, and we want—and need—it now. The slow cooker delivers just that, working hard for us while we're hard at work, welcoming us home to a fragrant dinner that's just waiting to be enjoyed. This simple appliance works miracles with tough, inexpensive cuts of meat, coaxing out incredible flavor and turning out meltingly tender results. Through its low, slow cooking, it melds and marries flavors; it brings ingredients together in delicious harmony. And it offers up a few surprises: appetizers, sides, and drinks that simmer to perfection—hands-free.
Beef Pot Roast with Turnip Greens
This is a flavor-packed twist on classic pot roast, with sweet parsnips standing in for the usual carrots while turnip greens lend a pleasantly bitter edge. We love the flavor and look of flat, squat cipollini onions, but you can substitute easier-to-find pearl onions. Though some slow cooker recipes might skip the step of browning the meat, we find that this adds incomparable flavor to the finished dish. The browned bits contribute a beefy, savory flavor; without them, the dish would taste a little ho-hum. If you don't have red wine on hand, you can add an additional cup of broth—but stir in a teaspoon or two of red or white wine vinegar to replicate the acidity of the wine.