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.
Sweet and Spicy Satsuma Turkey
This fragrant, slightly sweet and just a little bit spicy dish combines ingredients that don't seem to blend on their own, but transform and unite magically in the slow cooker. Tamarind counters the sweet orange marmalade with a touch of tartness; dry Riesling loses its effervesce and helps keep the lean turkey tender. Five-spice powder adds exotic, warm flavors while crushed red pepper adds just the right amount of kick. Serve with hot steamed rice as an accompaniment to soak up the delicious sauce. If you don't care to use the wine, substitute with 1/2 cup chicken broth and 1/4 cup additional orange juice.