The slow cooker most often gets used for humble, everyday dishes like chicken soup, pot roast or chili. But it can also produce elegant dishes like this one. The recipe below takes beef short ribs and slow braises them in a rich gravy of wine and beef broth. And it gets even better with a surprising add-in — gnocchi cooked right in the slow cooker along with the meat.
This recipe turns the chunky beef ribs into a hearty ragu that would be right at home over tender noodles but is even better over plump potato gnocchi. And by cooking the gnocchi right in the slow cooker along with the stew, they soak up all that delicious flavor. This is one of those fantastic dishes that's easy enough for a weekday dinner but special enough for an elegant dinner party.