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Southern Living Slow Cooker

Southern Living Slow Cooker

Southern Living Slow Cooker

There’s no kitchen appliance we love more than a slow cooker, which is a busy cook’s best friend. The test kitchen pros at Southern Living will show you how to turn out easy and delicious meals with their favorite slow-cooker recipes, including soups, stews, barbecue, tacos, pot roast, and more. Plus, you’ll also get our best multi-cooker recipes so you can make home-cooked meals in even less time.

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5 min.
cooking school

SOUTHERN CLASSIC EASY Dessert Slow cookers can turn out sweet treats too. The slow-simmered flavor of apples and pears can’t be beat in winter Apple-and-Pear Crisp ACTIVE 30 MIN. TOTAL 3 HOURS, 30 MIN. SERVES 6 Cooking spray4 cups peeled and sliced apples (Granny Smith and McIntosh)2 semi-firm pears, cored and cut into eighths1 cup granulated sugar1 tsp. ground cinnamon½ tsp. ground ginger½ tsp. kosher salt2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice1 cup regular uncooked oats2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour1 cup sliced almonds, toasted¼ cup packed light brown sugar¼ tsp. ground ginger½ cup melted butter 1. Lightly grease a 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Place fruit in bottom of slow cooker. Toss with granulated sugar, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and fresh lemon juice. 2. Stir together oats and next 5 ingredients. Spoon over apple mixture. Cover and cook on HIGH 3 to…

6 min.
ciao down

Italian Turkey Ragù ACTIVE 20 MIN. - TOTAL 8 HOURS, 20 MIN. SERVES 6 TO 8 A meat sauce recipe that benefits from a long cooking time is the perfect application for the slow cooker. 2 cups chopped onion¾ cup finely chopped carrot1 Tbsp. olive oil3 garlic cloves, minced1 lb. ground turkey1 lb. Italian ground turkey sausage, casings removed¼ cup dry red wine¾ tsp. kosher salt½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper2 (14.5-oz.) cans diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano1 (6-oz.) can tomato paste1 bay leafHot cooked spaghettiFreshly grated Parmesan cheeseGarnish: chopped fresh basil 1. Sauté onion and carrot in hot oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until onion is translucent. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Transfer to a 5-quart slow cooker. 2. Add turkey and turkey sausage to pan;…

7 min.
pot roasts

Home-Style Pot Roast ACTIVE 15 MIN. - TOTAL 9 HOURS SERVES 6 Tip: Cut the vegetables into large, uniform pieces so they will hold up during the long cook time. 1 (2 ½- to 3-lb.) boneless chuck roast3 tsp. kosher salt, divided1 ½ tsp. black pepper, divided2 lb. large red potatoes, quartered4 medium carrots, peeled and cut diagonally into2-inch pieces (about 1 lb.)3 celery stalks, cut diagonally into 2-inch pieces (about 4 oz.)1 large yellow onion, cut into¾-inch-thick wedges1 Tbsp. minced garlic (about 2 large garlic cloves)2 cups beef broth5 Tbsp. instant-blending flour (such as Wondra)1 Tbsp. tomato paste6 thyme sprigs¼ cup Worcestershire sauce3 Tbsp. ketchup2 tsp. hot sauceFresh herb sprigs (optional) 1. Sprinkle roast with 2 teaspoons of the salt and 1 teaspoon of the pepper. Combine potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, and garlic in…

9 min.
asian influences

Shrimp Stir-fry ACTIVE 10 MIN. - TOTAL 1 HOUR, 45 MIN. SERVES 6 1 lb. carrots (about 4 large carrots), peeled and cut diagonally into½-inch slices1 medium-size red bell pepper, seeded and cut into ½-inch slices¾ cup lower-sodium chicken broth¼ cup low-sodium teriyaki sauce2 Tbsp. cornstarch1 Tbsp. oyster sauce2 tsp. sugar1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined8 oz. snow peas, trimmed1 (8-oz.) can bamboo shootsSliced scallions (optional)3 cups cooked brown rice 1. Place carrots and red pepper slices in a 6-quart slow cooker. In a bowl, blend broth and next 4 ingredients. Pour into slow cooker, and cook on HIGH for 1 ¾ hours. 2. Stir shrimp, snow peas, and bamboo shoots (drained) into the slow cooker for the final 20 minutes. Sprinkle with scallions, and serve with brown rice. Sesame Chicken ACTIVE 15 MIN. - TOTAL 2…

1 min.
the every night dinner

Salsa Chicken ACTIVE 15 MIN. - TOTAL 2 HOURS, 25 MIN. SERVES 4 TO 6 2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs1 tsp. kosher salt½ tsp. black pepper2 (16-oz.) containers refrigerated medium salsa¼ cup chopped fresh oregano Place chicken in a 6-quart slow cooker; sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper. Add salsa and oregano. Cover and cook on HIGH until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of thighs registers 165°F, about 2 hours. Turn off slow cooker. Transfer chicken to a large heatproof bowl; let cool 10 minutes. Shred meat into bite-size pieces. Add liquid in slow cooker to chicken; toss to coat.…

5 min.
taco night

Barbecue Pork Tacos ACTIVE 5 MIN. - TOTAL 8 TO 10 HOURS SERVES 6 Cooking spray1 (4- to 5-lb.) boneless pork shoulder roast (Boston butt), trimmed1 (18-oz.) bottle barbecue sauce1 (12-oz.) can cola soft drink10 to 12 (8-inch) flour tortillas, warmedToppings: chopped tomatoes, sliced jalapeños, shredded Cheddar cheese, chopped fresh cilantro 1. Lightly grease a 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Place roast in slow cooker; pour barbecue sauce and cola over roast. Cover and cook on LOW 8 to 10 hours or until meat shreds easily with a fork. 2. Transfer pork to a cutting board; shred with two forks, removing any large pieces of fat. Skim fat from sauce, and stir in shredded pork. 3. Spoon pork over warm tortillas, and serve with desired toppings. Turkey Fajitas ACTIVE 15 MIN. - TOTAL 4 HOURS, 15 MIN. SERVES…