At first glance this may seem an unlikely dish for the slow cooker, but just think— a good pho is all about good stock. Here you simmer brisket with shank and knuckle bones in the slow cooker for a layered beef broth and super- tender meat. Add your noodles, fresh herbs, and condiments and enjoy a popular dish from Vietnam.
Though this is traditional hunter's fare, here's a great recipe for domesticated rabbit. It's stewed with vegetables and garlic in red wine until mouth-wateringly tender and served with pasta. This also makes a wonderful do-ahead meal for guests since the sauce gets even better after sitting a day or two in the fridge.
This dish is a timeless classic, but the key to making this humble beef stew outstanding
is using both good- quality beef and good red wine. Use a drinkable wine rather than anything labeled “cooking” wine. Serve this dish with buttered noodles, rice, or a loaf of warm, crusty bread.