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.
Spiced Caramel Cider
Cuddle up in front of the fireplace with a mug of warm spiced cider. The slow cooker is the perfect vessel for this winter drink: Whole spices like cinnamon sticks, cloves, and allspice steep in the liquid at a low, even heat so they don't overpower the finished drink. We take the beverage one step further by adding a simple homemade caramel (made with a touch of butter and heavy cream) for a little sweetness that’s not at all cloying, as ciders often are. Fresh orange and lemon juice cuts through the sweetness and brightens the brew.