Slow Cooker Week, Day 7: Top 7 Slow Cooker Recipes for the Holidays

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Welcome to Day 7 of Slow Cooker Week! Visit our blog every day during our 7-day Slow Cooker Week to get great winter and holiday slow cooker recipes, and for a chance to win a Hamilton Beach 6 Quart Programmable Stovetop Slow Cooker. Find the contest rules and enter below. A comment on this post will grant you an extra entry to win the Hamilton Beach slow cooker. To find all of our posts during Slow Cooker Week click here.

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This guest post comes to us from Featured Foodie Hope Comerford. Hope is the blogger behind A Busy Mom’s Slow Cooker Adventures. Thanks, Hope, for your great slow cooker recipe ideas for the holidays.

Top 7 Slow Cooker Recipes for the Holidays

Many of us are completely overwhelmed at the thought of planning a menu for the holidays.   What am I going to make?  How am I going to fit it all in the oven? How is the timing of everything going to work out? Sure, it can be an extremely daunting task, but the rewards are so much greater.  By utilizing your slow cookers, you’ll be able to put these worries to rest!  I’ve gathered my top 7 slow cooker holiday recipes for you, from main dishes, to side dishes and desserts!  Don’t worry!  This holiday will be a breeze!

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1. Traditional Turkey Breast
Most large slow cookers can handle up to a 7-pound turkey breast.  If you’re expecting a smaller crowd, this is the perfect turkey for you!  Save your oven for those pies!

2. Brown Sugar and Honey Ham
Did you know you can cook a delicious ham in the slow cooker?  It’s incredibly easy!  You only need 4 ingredients!

3.  Green Bean Casserole
I know my family holiday gatherings are not complete without the green bean casserole!  This one is delicious and won’t take up that precious oven space.

4. Creamy Chive and Onion Mashed Potatoes
I’ve always overcooked my potatoes, or the water has boiled over on my stove because I have too many things going on the day of my holiday celebration.  You won’t have to worry about that when you use your slow cooker.  Find out just how easy it is!

5. Decadent Sweet Potato Casserole
This is my favorite side dish for the holidays.  It’s decadent, just like it’s namesake.  It’s a must-have!

6. Hope’s Sweet and Savory Stuffing
The holidays just are not complete without stuffing.  This one mixes a bit of the sweet with a little bit of the savory.  Best of all, it has incredible flavors!

7. Irish Cream Brownies with Heath
End you holiday meal with these delicious brownies infused with Irish cream liqueur and crunchy Heath bars.  Everyone will ask for the recipe!

Free up that oven space and get those slow cookers plugged in and ready!  Make things easier on yourself and assemble all your recipes the night before.  Stick your crocks in the fridge and pull them out the day of, and put them into the slow cooker base.  Set timers for yourself, or keep a list of when you start things and when you should turn each slow cooker to warm.  Organization is the key to a successful slow-cooked holiday!  Now, sit back and relax!  You’ve got this!

 

What holiday dish might you try preparing in your slow cooker this year?

 

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  • There is a maximum of one entry per person per day on AllFreeSlowCookerRecipes.com via our web site entry form.
  • Earn a bonus entry each day by commenting on each daily blog post during Slow Cooker Week (1 per day).
  • Winner will be selected at random from the comments on the seven daily Slow Cooker Week blog posts and site entries.
  • You have until December 14th, 2013 at 11:59p EST to leave your comment on this post and/or enter our contest via AllFreeSlowCookerRecipes.com.
  • Contest open to anyone 18+ in US and/or Canada.

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Comments

  1. Creamy chive and onion mashed potatoes sounds good.

  2. I would make the Decadent Sweet Potato casserole first, Creamy Chive and Onion Mashed Potatoes, and more

  3. I’m thinking of making the turkey breast in the slow cooker this year. I usually brine and bake, but this seems a whole lot simpler and still comes out nice and moist. Thanks. :)

    Merry Christmas!

  4. I had no idea you could do so much in a slow cooker, what a space saver not to mention an all in one appliance!

  5. Shannon Hopkins says:

    Love using the slow cooker… However, mine died this week and I’m so bummed! Missing it tons! Can’t wait to get a new one to try out soooo many of these yummy sounding recipes!

  6. Slow cookers make mealtimes so much easier. I love the smell my dinner cooking when I come in from being away all day. It’s such a treat to be able to enjoy a hot meal quicker.

  7. Sara Sullivan says:

    Mac and cheese!

  8. Lynn Skinner says:

    Anytime you can put brownies and heath together you end up with a small slice of heaven! These sound like brownies that will be gone in minutes. Trying them out today!!

  9. Love using the slow cooker for dinner especially when it is warm here in Florida

    Merry Christmas!!!

  10. Jennifer Reynolds says:

    Never thought of doing turkey in the slow cooker

  11. Shirley Conley says:

    Decadent Sweet Potato Casserole looks sooo good I am sure we will be having it this year. They all look good really but my family loves sweet potatoes so will be using several of them but for Christmas Dinner the sweet potato casserole

  12. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I like the sound of the Brown Sugar and Honey Ham, never knew that could be done in a slow cooker! I’m also looking forward to trying the Creamy Chive and Onion Mashed Potatoes, they sound really yummy.

  13. Margie Tomlin says:

    I will try the Turkey Breast this year. We usually cook a whole turkey but I think the breast will do this time.

  14. Anita Jones says:

    I think I’m gonna try the Creamy Chive and Onion Mashed Potatoes first.

  15. I did a turkey breast this Thanksgiving in my slow cooker and I will never roast in the oven again.Very moist and easy.

  16. Thanks for the great crock pot recipes, I love to use it as much as I possibly can.

  17. h rodrigues says:

    If i win these slow cooker I’ll try all these recipes:-)

  18. Absolutely LOVE using my slow cooker, especially during the holidays. Used it for the first time to do mashed potatoes (the Creamy Chive and Onion Mashed Potatoes sound heavenly) for my Thanksgiving crowd. Worked superbly and made last minutes MUCH easier to get everything to the table in a timely fashion.

  19. Sharon Flasche says:

    right now I am making slow cooker beef tips from your newsletter

  20. JEANNE M WEINBERGER says:

    I love the holidays and I love making overnight breakfast in my slow cooker

  21. Diane Waltz says:

    This year for the first time, I think I will make the candied yams in my slow cooker. :)

  22. Cindy Sherwood says:

    I’d love to do the ham, but my slow cooker is too small for the hams I find locally

  23. Would have to try the ham

  24. Favorites plus new ideas — all good!

  25. Don McKiernan says:

    Going to serve up that sweet potato casserole with Christmas dinner, it really sounds good.

  26. These all sound delicious.

  27. Joyce Phaneuf says:

    I read all these wonderful reipies for slow cookers and I don’t own one! Maybe I’ll get lucky and be able to try some of these.

  28. Trisha Kurta says:

    Slow cookers are great! They are a good time saving appliance. ????

  29. Cathy Larson says:

    Would love to have that slow cooker amazing =•)!

  30. These recipes sound good

  31. Pity that these kind of contests are only for US and Canada fans and not for the others!!!!

  32. Neva Beaver says:

    I need a bunch of slow cookers. All of these recipes sound good.

  33. so many fantastic meals – can start em’ and go about getting the rest of the day in order – fantastic….

  34. I think that the ability to take the insert from the stove to the cooker will save a whole lot of hassle.

  35. Gerry Woodberry says:

    I want to win this so bad so my food can be mmmmm so good!

  36. Just wanted to say thank you for all the great slow cooker recipes…..have all ready tried several of them & looking forward to more…..

  37. Diana Smith Stenner says:

    I think it would be fun to cook a ham in the slow cooker. I’ve done beef roast and chicken and some other meat dishes, but not ham. It sounds very easy!

  38. Terry Hernandez says:

    The Turkey sounds good will have try it

  39. I have a slow cooker that I use almost every day. I have had it for many years now. Therefore
    it is getting old and slowing down itself. As much as I use one, I would like to have a new one.
    I do all the cooking and my wife does all the gardening. We can a lot of what we eat and that is
    why I use a slow cooker as much as I do. Most of my recipes come from Mr. Food.com.
    Thank you.
    Rich Meyer

  40. Richard Eiche says:

    Will try some of these recipes.

  41. Nothing goes better with all the Holiday preparations than an easy meal in a Hamilton Beach slow cooker. What better way to enjoy this Christmas Season?? Less time cooking!!!
    Merry Christmas Everyone!!

  42. Leslie Smith says:

    Thanks for sharing these recipes. I have made several of them.

  43. I like green bean casserole anytime of the year.

  44. I love using the slow cooker to help with Holiday meals….I put the ham in one, potatoes in another. One of mine died though and I need to replace it. I love having dinner cook all day and just put it together when I get home in the evening. The recipes here are great!

  45. Live alone, did not cook for thanksgiving. Have turkey breast in freezer. Would love to try the turkey in the slow cooker. This slow cooker must be fantastic and would help me cook with my oxygen and pulmanory fibrosis and COPD. Get exhausted cooking on stove or in oven.

  46. Carolyn Hutchinson says:

    Stovetop slow cooker is the answer to browning the roasts before putting in slow cooker since I so dislike doing that extra pan.

  47. I think I might try a standing rib roast.

  48. They all sound yummy Green Bean Casserole is one of my favorites. Brownies come next. Thanks for doing this.

  49. Cheryl Bomar says:

    I am going to be making the brown sugar and honey ham for our Christmas dinner!!

  50. sharon bugar says:

    I think I might want to try a hearty stew.

  51. Marcy Shuler says:

    The Green Bean Casserole in the slow cooker sounds great!

  52. gene Brewster says:

    A slow cooker with a stove top pot is a wonderful idea, would love to have one like that !

  53. love the slow cooker!

  54. Amalia LaFollette says:

    I’d like to try the slow cooker Irish Cream Brownies with Heath. It sounds decadent but easy!

  55. Rebecca Wilson says:

    Decadent Sweet Potato Casserole – sounds great!

  56. Cool! I love slow cooker food, especially slow cooked ziti!

  57. Cynthia Neeley says:

    Love the slow cooker! I love slow cooked dishes, especially ziti!

  58. Hope’s Sweet and Savory Stuffing sounds awesome & would free up my oven!

  59. I want to make the brown sugar ham in a slow cooker.

  60. Pat Kolkman says:

    Making the ham for a family Christmas party would save so much time and effort. The slow cooker I use now isn’t large enough, but a bigger one would allow me to feed more family members!

  61. OMG…Love using slow cookers but mine is very outdated, woulod love to have a newer model.

  62. I really need a new slow cooker. As a single parent it is a lifesaver

  63. Marguerite Lohrenz says:

    I think I’ll try the sweet potato casserole first. Would like to win the larger slow cooker in order to do the ham or turkey breast. Thanks for the recipes.

  64. Would love to have a slow cooker make a good beef pot roast

  65. The ham sounds awesome.

  66. Cream cheese and mashed potatoes—Love it.

  67. Never tried making a ham in Slow Cooker before. Will be do so This Christmas using this Brown Sugar and Honey Ham recipe. :)

  68. Irish cream brownies heath ?

  69. Teresa Knittingdancer says:

    Brown Sugar and Honey Ham

  70. Suzette McCaig says:

    Every recipe I have tried from your website has been delicious. Keep the recipes coming,
    my family loves it.

  71. Thinking of trying dessert this time!

  72. William Algie says:

    Can;t wait to make these recipes with my new Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker.

  73. I’ve tried the Brown Sugar and Honey Ham slow-cooker recipe before and it’s REALLY GOOD!!!

  74. steve patterson says:

    My cousin has one of the stove top cookers and I’ve had the chance to sample some of her cooking in it. Absolutely the best.

  75. Christine Partin says:

    My favorite is green bean casserole. My husband and I love green beans and onions so this is our favorite dish!

  76. Sher Garfield says:

    Hello. Would love to win a slow cooker.. and I will be trying some of these recipes. Thanks.

  77. Linda Krier says:

    Would love the slow cooker. Mine decided to quit. Love making chili in slow cooker.

  78. Donna Slate says:

    Brown sugar and honey ham sounds really good!

  79. I’m wanting to try making a cake in a slow cooker. Of course, I’d have to win this cooker first!!!

  80. My family loves sweet potatoes so I’ll be making the Decadent recipe for Christmas, and maybe Santa will surprise me with a new crockpot.

  81. Turkey!

  82. I’d love to try the ham, but my slow cooker is a bit on the small side.

  83. might try the sweet potatoes

  84. Love these slow cooker ideas.

  85. I love slow cookers. I need to get more adventurous, though. LOOK at the recipes you have above. Sounds very interesting.

  86. What a great list of recipes! I can see at least a few that might very well make it onto my must-make list. Thank you.

  87. Janet Dixon says:

    Would really enjoy having and using this cooker.

  88. Definitely a pork roast with dressing!

  89. I didn’t know you could cook a holiday ham in the slow cooker!

  90. I would love this for crock pot meals!!!

  91. Terri Hughes says:

    Love the slow cooker, I would make a roast. Thanks!

  92. I would love to win this Crockpot, thank you for the chance. I would probably make my Chicken Chow Mein Casserole and I would love to try those Creamy Chives and Onion Mashed Potatoes.

  93. Genie Sawyer says:

    Love using Crock Pots They are a lifesaver

  94. Victoria Fisher says:

    Mm mm – - – ham!

  95. need a new one

  96. Susan gibbs says:

    Pork roast

  97. Can’t wait to try the BRown Sugar Honey ham this Christmas

  98. My favorite thing to make in the slow cooker is venison stew. It’s would be nice to be able to brown my meat first.

  99. Love the idea of saving time and oven space by using a slow cooker for big family meals. The recipes for mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and stuffing look fantastic!

  100. Ham in a slow cooker is so easy and tastes great.

  101. I am going to slow cook my ham in the slow cooker. It was wonderful for Thanksgiving!!

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