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.
Chicken Stew with Green Olives
Firm, briny green olives bring this dish to life, adding a salty, tangy lift. Be sure to stir them in toward the end of cooking; if they simmered with the chicken the entire four hours, much of their flavor would leach out. Ground turmeric colors the chicken and sauce a rich golden tone and adds subtle earthy notes; there really is no good substitute. For best flavor, don’t be tempted to skip the step of browning the chicken and deglazing the pan; this process creates and captures all the tasty browned bits that lend depth to the sauce.