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10 Slow-Cooker Recipes Made for Fall TV Binges

Food52 logo Food52 9/13/2018 Eric Kim
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There are a few things I do when I come home from work: I greet my pup Quentin "Q" Compson, kneeling down to her level and sticking my head out so she can lick the heck out of my face (which, I've read, helps raise her serotonin levels). I pour myself a glass of Chardonnay, put on an episode of whatever show I'm watching, and cook myself something to eat. In many ways the television is beside the point; it's just background noise to calm me into my weeknight ritual.

When the weekend hits, however, this quaint domesticity is magnified times a thousand. As an aggressively introverted hermit, I shut off socially, completely, for those three nights (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) and recharge my INTJXPQR batteries.

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A post shared by BoJack Horseman (@bojackhorseman) on Feb 27, 2018 at 12:11pm PST

Appropriately, we're in the thick of it: fall television premieres. As for me, I'm most excited about the new season of BoJack Horseman, which is returning to Netflix this Friday—and you bet your bottom dollar I'll be binging the entire season in one sitting without talking to a single soul.

Cantaloupe will not be getting a plus-one (bye, honeydew).

In times like these (when sitting on the couch with a bowl of something good to eat is all that matters in the world), it helps to have something slow-cooking away in the Crock-Pot so you can catch up on your favorite shows. To aid in this important era of "peak television" viewing, here are some of my favorite lazy, set-it-and-forget-it recipes. At the end of 6 to 8 hours (about the runtime of one season of BoJack), dinner will be waiting for you.

Our Best Slow-Cooker Recipes

a plate of food: Short Rib Ragu © Provided by Food52 Short Rib Ragu

Short Rib Ragu by Minimally Invasive

a plate of food with a slice of pizza: Martha Stewart's Slow-Cooker Persian Lamb Stew © Provided by Food52 Martha Stewart's Slow-Cooker Persian Lamb Stew

Martha Stewart's Slow-Cooker Persian Lamb Stew by Food52

a wooden cutting board: Crock-Pot Brown Sugar & Balsamic–Glazed Pork Tenderloin © Provided by Food52 Crock-Pot Brown Sugar & Balsamic–Glazed Pork Tenderloin Crock-Pot Brown Sugar & Balsamic–Glazed Pork Tenderloin by Melissa Bossler a bowl of food on a plate: Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup © Provided by Food52 Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup by foxeslovelemons

a plate of food: Betty Wason's Basic Pot Roast © Provided by Food52 Betty Wason's Basic Pot Roast

Betty Wason's Basic Pot Roast by Genius Recipes

a plate of food on a table: Mom's New Orleans Red Beans & Rice © Provided by Food52 Mom's New Orleans Red Beans & Rice

Mom's New Orleans Red Beans & Rice by Katie Macdonald

a bowl of salad: Martha Stewart's Slow-Cooker Tom Kha Gai © Provided by Food52 Martha Stewart's Slow-Cooker Tom Kha Gai Martha Stewart's Slow-Cooker Tom Kha Gai by Food52 a bowl of food on a plate: Southern Slow-Cooker Choucroute © Provided by Food52 Southern Slow-Cooker Choucroute Southern Slow-Cooker Choucroute by Nicholas Day

a bowl of food on a plate: Martha Stewart's Slow-Cooker Italian-Braised Pork © Provided by Food52 Martha Stewart's Slow-Cooker Italian-Braised Pork

Martha Stewart's Slow-Cooker Italian-Braised Pork by Food52

a white plate topped with meat and vegetables: Hugh Acheson's Slow-Cooker Pot Roast With Chickpea Salad © Provided by Food52 Hugh Acheson's Slow-Cooker Pot Roast With Chickpea Salad

Hugh Acheson's Slow-Cooker Pot Roast With Chickpea Salad by Food52

Martha Stewart recipes reprinted from Martha Stewart’s Slow Cooker. Copyright © 2017 by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Photographs copyright © 2017 by Stephen Kent Johnson. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

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