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.
Meatballs with Chutney Sauce
Tender, juicy meatballs simmer in a lusciously sweet and mildly spicy sauce made from mango chutney and pickled jalapeño juice. Though we call to serve over fluffy couscous, the meatballs have more versatility than that. You can pour the meatballs and sauce into a crock, set out toothpicks for guests to spear them with, and serve as an appetizer. Or tuck the meatballs into hoagie rolls with sliced bell peppers, or into warmed whole-wheat pita with a smear of tahini. Either way, you'll have an awesome take on sandwich night. The recipe calls for ground lamb, but you can substitute ground beef instead; grass-fed ground beef would taste particularly rich and come closer to the original intent of the recipe.