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.
Plum Pork Tenderloin
Pork and peaches is the classic combo that gets all the attention, but pork with other stone fruit like plums is every bit as delightful. Plums offer a deeper, more musky flavor than bright peaches, lending complexity to the dish. Use only ripe, juicy plums here for the best results. The plum sauce helps keep the very lean pork tenderloin moist as it cooks. Serve with jasmine rice to help soak up some of the sauce. Snow peas make a great side dish for rounding out your meal. Allspice and cinnamon are perfect spices for this savory dish, lending warmth and complementing the natural sweetness of the sauce.