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.
Vegetable Pot Pie with Parmesan-Black Pepper Biscuits
This recipe offers a couple of fun twists. It’s a completely vegetarian take on the usual chicken pot pie, one that’s just as good as the traditional poultry version. And it all happens in the slow cooker, including the cooking of the fluffy biscuit topping. Fresh chives, lots of black pepper, and Parmesan cheese contribute tremendous flavor to the topping; you can use chopped green onions in place of chives if that’s what you have on hand. And do grind the pepper fresh from a pepper mill; it will have a much fresher and sharper flavor than preground black pepper.