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.
Mediterranean Roast Turkey
It's a shame that turkey appears on our tables so infrequently—in some homes, only on Thanksgiving. It's a lean, inexpensive, and versatile meat that’s perfect for everyday cooking. And it turns out that a boneless breast (much larger than a boneless chicken breast, FYI) works great in a slow cooker. Here, the bird simmers with flavor-packed ingredients inspired by the Mediterranean: kalamata olives, oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, fresh lemon juice, and Greek seasoning. If you can't find a large boneless turkey breast, you can swap in bone-in chicken breasts; just check for doneness starting at 5 hours so the chicken doesn't overcook and dry out. Serve with mashed potatoes or polenta to catch all the yummy sauce.