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.
Company Pot Roast
Though this delicious meal takes some planning ahead (it requires an overnight marinade), you'll be glad when you can spend the time before dinner chatting with family and friends instead of busily running around the kitchen. The recipe calls for dried morels, but you can substitute dried shiitakes (with an almost smoky taste) or dried porcini mushrooms (with a truffle-like intensity). Just opt for a dried and not fresh mushroom here, as it will have a more concentrated flavor. Use leftover meat and gravy to make roast beef sandwiches the next day, or spoon onto baked potatoes with a sprinkling of provolone cheese.