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.
Buffalo-Style Drummettes with Blue Cheese Dip
We gave this game-day favorite a slow cooker spin for saucy, tender drummettes without the mess. A quick turn in a hot oven or on the stovetop gets the chicken browned, followed by a three-hour simmer in the slow cooker with all the makings of a finger-licking sauce: hot sauce, apple cider vinegar, garlic, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. Get the blue cheese dip and other vegetables ready while the drummettes cook, then serve straight from the slow cooker or piled on a platter, with lots of extra napkins, of course.