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.
Roasted Garlic-White Bean Dip
Don’t just think of the slow cooker for all-day stews and braises. Here it offers you hands-off convenience by gently warming and melding the flavors of a white bean dip for a couple of hours—a great help for your next dinner party. While you’re tending to the rest of the meal, the appetizer can cook itself without needing your attention. Cannellini beans are the bulk of the dip, and their mild taste gets a flavor perk from toasted garlic, piney fresh rosemary, and meaty kalamata olives. You can also use navy beans or Great Northern beans if cannellini are hard to find.