Slow-Cooked for Comfort

Nine surefire recipes your family will love and that will fit your budget to a tee.

Charla Draper
Slow-Cooked for Comfort
Beth Dreiling Hontzas / Styling: Rose Nguyen / Food Styling: Angela Sellers


Slow cookers are countertop appliances with plenty of bonuses. Their moist, gentle cooking helps turn money-saving value meat cuts into fork-tender bites of flavor, leaving you with plenty of hands-off time too.

You don’t have to head outside to cook mouthwatering ribs. Sweet-and-Spicy Baby Back Ribs will satisfy your cravings. Slow-simmered Harvest Lamb Stew and Braised Oxtails and Vegetables finish with tender meat and rich gravies that are just right for sopping. Turkey Breast and Herb-Cornbread Stuffing, along with an irresistible Southern side such as Candied Yams, makes an easy Sunday dinner. Don’t forget dessert: Warm, gooey Rocky Road Chocolate Cake is studded with toasted pecans, marshmallows, and chocolate morsels. It’s almost a s’more in a bowl.

The creativity of Test Kitchens professional Angela Sellers inspired these recipes that turn simple ingredients into full-flavored dishes. They’ll surely bring the family back for seconds.

Slow cookers are great for cooking value meats that need slow, moist cooking over several hours. This method helps tenderize as it develops robust flavor and frees up the family chef for other activities. The countertop cooker saves energy because it doesn’t heat up the entire kitchen or need both the oven and range-top burners. We used the following slow cookers for testing the recipes in this article.