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.
This classic Hungarian stew gets its name from paprika and other warm spices stirred into the rich, often tomato-based broth. Rather than simmer on the stove for hours, the slow cooker does all the work, making this a hands-free, fuss-free, one-dish meal. While veal is traditional, you could also substitute beef chuck roast or pork shoulder, adding an hour or two to the cook time if needed. A bed of cooked egg noodles sops up the sauce. For a different starch, add quartered red potatoes to the slow cooker, or simply serve with a piece of whole-grain bread for a truly rustic meal.