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.
You may not think of using your slow cooker for breakfast, but it’s a great helper when it comes to the morning meal. Think of serving your family a warm bowl of fruity, cinnamon-spiced steel-cut oats—on your busiest weekday morning. That’s right: Just load your ingredients in, and start the cooker right before you go to bed. When you wake up, breakfast is ready and waiting. You can double the recipe for times when you have weekend guests. Be sure to use traditional steel-cut oats; quick-cooking steel-cut oats and rolled old-fashioned oats won’t hold up after the long cook time.