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

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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!

Slow Cooker Ham

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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  1. Jackie says

    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!

  2. 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!

  3. Ebbie37 says

    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.

  4. 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!!

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Cheryl says

    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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. says

    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.
    Thank you.
    Rich Meyer

  12. Faith says

    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!!

  13. Barbara L says

    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!

  14. says

    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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. Addy says

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

  19. Suzette McCaig says

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

  20. 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.

  21. Christine Partin says

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

  22. Mal B. says

    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.

  23. Gail says

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

  24. Anne says

    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.

  25. Vicki says

    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.

  26. Ricci says

    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.

  27. Felicia says

    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!

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