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.
Smoked Sausage Cassoulet
Here’s a satisfying stew that’s perfect for meat lovers. A trifecta of pork—bacon, pork loin, and smoked sausage—loads in tons of hearty flavor, while mild Great Northern beans lend a creamy consistency to the pot. You can use any white bean in place of Great Northern beans, such as navy or cannellini beans. While we like lean pork loin here, you can also swap in fattier pork shoulder (Boston butt roast) for a richer stew. All you need to complete the meal is a hunk of crusty whole-grain bread, a crisp green salad, and an even crisper wine.