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.
Prep couldn't be simpler with this convenient dinner: Just load most of the ingredients in the cooker, and turn the dial to low. Stir in shrimp during the last few minutes so it cooks perfectly without getting overdone. Unlike classic jambalaya, this version keeps the rice separate, and you serve the highly seasoned sausage-shrimp mixture on top. (If you were to cook the rice the entire six hours in the slow cooker, you'd unfortunately end up with mush.) Round out this meal with a small green salad, a slice of toasted French baguette, and a crisp white wine or fizzy lager.