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 Pork over Basmati Rice
Reminiscent of many Indian dishes, this recipe relies on slow cooking to develop its richness. The key to a saucy curry dish in the slow cooker is to actually start with very little liquid (just 1/4 cup chicken broth goes in at the beginning). The pork will produce more liquid as it cooks. Madras curry powder is mild, earthy, and fragrant, not to be confused Thai curry pastes, which have several components and are generally more bright and hot. The coconut milk would disappear if added to the slow cooker in the beginning; stirring in at the end rounds out and loosens the sauce.