Ropa vieja, the classic Cuban dish of shredded stewed beef flavored with a vinegary tomato and pepper sauce, is a natural choice for the slow cooker, stewed all day and served with rice and beans.
Skirt steak, with its coarse texture and hearty grain is a great cut for marinating, particularly when the marinade is a garlicky mix of lime and orange juice. As it chars over a hot flame, the interior ends up buttery and rich.
This ham, rubbed with brown sugar, Dijon mustard, and balsamic vinegar, cooks alongside sweet and savory cipollini onions.
In this land of beef-eaters, pork stews don't get enough love. This one is an adaptation of a Greek pork and wine stew that I read in Vefa's Kitchen. Chunks of pork shoulder are slow-simmered in wine until meltingly tender and packed with flavor.
Creamed corn, made in the slow cooker, is gussied up with cream cheese, American cheese, and crème fraîche.
Pot roast braised in beer and mustard is warmed with spicy peppers and offset by sweet carrots and potatoes.
These pork chops are seared on the stovetop, finished in the oven and served with a warm, briny, muffuletta-inspired relish.
Tangy, spicy and sweet, eat this soy-glazed chicken straight up, tucked into roti or as the basis for Chinese chicken salad.
Hearty and lively at once, harissa-flavored beef stew helps ease the transition from winter to spring.
Spicy, welcoming, and undeniably in-your-face, Portuguese baked eggs are an equally pleasing main whether it's day or night.
Traditional red lentil soup is prepared in the slow cooker before it's garnished with cilantro, red onion, and lemon juice.
Colorful citrus is finished with turns of black pepper and a shower of salty feta and fresh mint.
Rubbed, steamed in beer, and rubbed again, these burnished baby back ribs are a great option when it's too cold to grill.
Blasted with lime, this red curry soup contains a commingling of chicken, kale, potatoes and mushrooms.
Short ribs braise in a red wine, balsamic vinegar, and brown sugar sauce before they're served atop garlic mashed potatoes.
Your slow cooker is the perfect vessel for long-simmered pasta sauce, bolstered here by big, hearty Italian sausage meatballs that are bound by an egg and old-fashioned oats. The sauce gains depth from dry red wine and balsamic vinegar, not to mention the meat itself.
Invitingly spicy enchiladas are stuffed with a rich chicken thigh filling and topped with bubbly cheese.
Roasted green beans transition easily to this room temperature salad, maintaining their crunch beneath a balsamic vinaigrette. Finished with blue cheese and hazelnuts, it's a simple dish with showy results.
This one-pot dish does double-duty. Slow-cooked chicken thighs simmer in a white wine broth with potatoes that are ultimately served as a side. The meat, when pulled, is tucked into warm pita bread that's finished with salty feta and a shower of parsley, cilantro and mint—just the right kind of restorative for dreary winter days.
Oven-roasted tomatoes get sweetness and depth from maple syrup and balsamic vinegar in this winter-friendly twist on traditional caprese salad.
Beef stroganoff is prepared in the slow cooker, yielding tender, tangy results.
Caramelized oven-charred carrots are finished with tangy feta for a refreshing change of pace.
Brats mingle with bacon, apples and onions in a bold mustard pan sauce, accompanied by parsley spaetzle.
Traditional chicken with 40 cloves of garlic is easily adapted for the slow cooker.
A hefty roast chicken, butternut squash, arugula, grape, and crouton salad fends off winter chills.
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