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.
Osso Buco with Gremolata
We love it when classic dishes like osso buco become easier with the help of the slow cooker. With a low, slow, all-day simmer, veal shanks become amazingly fork-tender and perfect for serving over silky pappardelle noodles. If veal shanks are too pricey at your market, you can use lamb, beef, or pork shanks instead. Don't be tempted to leave out the anchovy paste; it adds richness and deeply savory notes to the sauce. And osso buco just wouldn't be osso buco without its signature gremolata topping—a simple combination of parsley, lemon rind, and garlic that adds fresh pop to the whole dish.