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.
Curried Beef Short Ribs
Beef short ribs take well to the Southeast Asian flavors here—notably pungent red curry paste, silky coconut milk, and savory fish sauce. Look for small jars of curry paste and bottles of fish sauce in the Asian foods aisle; they're available now at almost every grocery store. That's also where you'll find canned light coconut milk, which is much richer than the refrigerated coconut milk you'll find in the dairy milk case. Be sure to add the sugar to the cooking liquid; it's a crucial ingredient that rounds out and balances all the flavors. In place of granulated sugar, you can also use brown sugar, coconut sugar, or palm sugar.