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.
Moroccan Meatballs in Spicy Tomato Sauce
Seasoned meatballs simmer in an aromatic tomato sauce for a Mediterranean-style dinner. Moroccan flavors are warm, floral, and fragrant, not very spicy or pungent. Orange zest, cumin, fennel, and cinnamon round out the tomato sauce and give the meatballs extra flavor. The slow cooker mimics a traditional Moroccan cooking vessel, the tagine, in which meats and sauce stew together at a low temperature for several hours until incredibly tender. You can shape meatballs in advance and store them in the freezer to save time. The rest of the recipe is best prepared and cooked in the same day.