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.
Want an easy dish that'll impress guests? This intriguing combination of lamb, saffron, sweet spices, and dried plums is your ticket to success. If lamb isn't your favorite meat, try the recipe with cubed beef chuck roast or large chunks of chicken thighs. While pumpkin pie spice might seem a little out of place, it makes perfect sense for a rich tagine like this; it’s simply a combination of cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger, and nutmeg (in one handy bottle). If you don’t have dried plums—aka prunes—on hand, try swapping in dried apricots or raisins. You'll welcome the sweet, concentrated fruit flavor with the richness of the meat.