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.
Tarragon Lamb Shanks with Cannellini Beans
A surprisingly simple list of ingredients yields incredible depth and one heck of an elegant dinner. Meaty lamb shanks are perfect for the slow cooker; over the long, low cooking period, all of the connective tissues melt so that the meat is tender and incredibly moist. White beans come along for the ride, soaking up all the meaty goodness from the lamb and the aromatics that flavor the pot. Tarragon—an anise-flavored herb popular in French cooking—lends the dish its distinctive taste. The recipe calls for dried tarragon, but if you prefer to use fresh, just toss in two sprigs (and sprinkle some chopped leaves on the finished dish).