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.
Cheesy-Spinach Crab Dip
We love crab dip and we love creamy spinach dip, so naturally we had to combine the two. This is a mash-up that actually works: plump, sweet crabmeat counters the jalapeño heat and won't fall apart in the slow cooker. By the time the two hours are up, the cheeses have softened beautifully, the garlic has mellowed, and the shredded jalapeño cheese has melted into gloriously stretchy strands. Spoon into a bowl or keep warm in the slow cooker. Serve with whole-grain crackers or colorful vegetable dippers like red and yellow bell pepper strips, diagonally sliced cucumber, or halved radishes.