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 with 40 cloves of garlic is a timeless recipe, and for good reason: It’s absolutely delicious. That probably sounds like a lot of garlic (and admittedly, it is!), but the garlic mellows considerably after cooking for a long time, becoming sweet and creamy. Eat bites of the garlic with bites of the chicken, and spread the soft cloves over crusty bread for a real treat. By the way, this is one time when you might want to spring for prepeeled garlic cloves from the supermarket. If you don’t have cognac on hand, you can substitute brandy, bourbon, or dry sherry.