It’s time for another round-up of great slow cooker recipes, this time with a winter holidays theme. When the days get both shorter and busier, it’s great to be able to drop some meat and vegetables into the slow cooker and come home to a delicious home-cooked meal.
With that in mind, here are 9 great slow cooker recipes for your holiday season:
Wassail, wassail, all over the town—if you grew up singing that classic Christmas carol, you’ll be delighted to learn that there are several wassail recipes that you can make at home in your slow cooker. (If you’re not familiar with wassail: it’s a delicious, warm holiday cider.) A Spicy Perspective has a wassail recipe that includes apples, oranges, and juniper berries. Simmer the ingredients in your slow cooker, and then serve.
2. Figgy Pudding
If you’ve sung “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and wondered exactly what figgy pudding was, now’s your chance to give it a try. Get Crocked (great blog name!) has a slow cooker figgy pudding recipe designed to warm and delight. You mix apples, raisins, and pecans into a thick, hearty pudding batter and then let everything cook. Top with whipped cream!
3. Peppermint Fudge
What is more Christmasy than peppermint and fudge? Believe it or not, you can make perfect fudge in the slow cooker, and Sugar Free Mom has a slow cooker peppermint fudge recipe that is both gluten and dairy free.
4. Beef Brisket
What would Hanukkah be without brisket? Yummly has a slow cooker beef brisket recipe that includes carrots and potatoes; try out the basic brisket recipe, or dress it up with your own brisket ingredients and variations.
It’s a little difficult to make potato latkes in the slow cooker, but it is very easy to make a slow cooker applesauce! Patch has a recipe for latkes and slow cooker applesauce that you can use for your Hanukkah celebration.
6. Collard Greens
Celebrate Kwanzaa with soul food cooked up in the slow cooker. Food.com has a collard greens and ham recipe that you might even want to add to your dinner rotation year-round!
7. Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce
Bread pudding with bourbon sauce is another classic Kwanzaa recipe, and yes, it is perfectly designed for the slow cooker. Taste of Home has a bread pudding with bourbon sauce recipe to try out this holiday season. As a bonus, bread pudding also works as a delicious Christmas dessert.
You need a lot of snack food as you prepare to count in the New Year, so make your New Year’s Eve easy—and tasty—by serving slow cooker nachos. Yes, you can make nachos in the slow cooker! Read Betty Crocker’s recipe to learn how.
9. Black Eyed Peas
You’ve heard that eating black eyed peas on New Year’s Day brings good luck, right? Plus, it’s a great meal to slowly cook on a day when everyone might be a little tired or ready to relax. The Wanderlust Kitchen has a slow cooker black eyed peas recipe designed for your New Year’s Day festivities that includes bacon and hot sauce, because all of the best foods include bacon and hot sauce. May you eat it and make 2015 a very lucky year!
What are your favorite slow cooker holiday recipes? Let us know in the comments.
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