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.
Rosemary Pork Sliders with Horseradish Aioli
Make these popular pork sliders into appetizers by putting them on dinner rolls. Assemble the sliders before dinner. Or, consider showcasing a slider assembly station for your family or friends to make their own. Pork loin is an extremely lean cut of pork prone to drying out. This makes it a good candidate for a slow cooker, because the moist heat keeps it from getting overly dry. If you want to substitute pork shoulder, just be aware that it has a higher fat content. But it's easy to remove and discard extra fat from cooked pork shoulder. If you don't like rosemary or don't have it on hand, thyme would also work well in this dish.