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.
Overnight Apple Butter
There's something deeply satisfying about a dish that effortlessly cooks itself while you sleep. With Overnight Apple Butter, large chunks of apple cook with brown sugar, honey, a hint of apple cider, and sweet spices until they're buttery soft and all-around wonderful. You may not have mace in your spice rack—if that's the case, no worries. You can use ground nutmeg in its place. Slather this apple butter on toasted English muffins, swirl it into oatmeal or yogurt, or use it as a sauce on pan-grilled pork chops. It also makes a lovely gift; just spoon into a cute Mason jar and tie on a pretty ribbon.