This long-cooking Southern stew seemed a natural for the slow cooker. Instead, we got an alarming mush. The right timing—and a trick—helped us fix it.
By definition, chili equals heat and liveliness. The slow cooker sure put a damper on things.
Despite its French name, this hearty stew is built on the familiar flavors of pork, chicken, and beans. Traditional cassoulet takes days of cooking, but we streamlined the recipe for the slow-cooker.
Most chicken noodle soups from the slow cooker are watery graves for tough, stringy chicken. Making rich, meaty chicken noodle soup in the slow cooker requires handling the light and dark meat differently.
This Georgia chicken stew is traditionally garnished with toasted nuts, shredded coconut, and diced fresh fruit-and always served with rice. It should be tender and spicy, but a slow cooker can make the meat stringy and the sauce bland.