Holiday Slow-Cooker Recipes

We think the holidays should be centered around family and friends, not your kitchen stove. Try one of these holiday-worthy slow-cooker recipes this season.

Beef Pot Roast with Turnip Greens Recipe

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Beef Pot Roast with Turnip Greens

We pulled together a collection of mouthwatering slow-cooker dishes to feed your holiday guests this season. From bold appetizers to juicy meats and decadent desserts, we have your holiday menu covered.

With a warming broth, creamy potatoes, and the lemony flavor of thyme, this pot roast is a cozy and comforting meal during the holiday season.

View Recipe: Beef Pot Roast with Turnip Greens

Walnut-Stuffed Apples

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Walnut-Stuffed Apples

Nothing says "autumn" like the fragrance and flavor of cooked apples, especially when they're filled with a mixture of sweetened currants and walnuts and spiced with cinnamon. Serve these apples warm from the crockpot with low-fat frozen yogurt.

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Hearty Oats and Grains

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Hearty Oats and Grains

When you have a house full of holiday guests who'd enjoy a wholesome, hearty breakfast at their own pace, the slow cooker can come to your rescue. Get it going first thing, and let folks serve themselves when they're ready to eat.

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Mediterranean Roast Turkey

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Mediterranean Roast Turkey

This turkey is so tender and moist you could cut it with a fork. Mashed potatoes pair well with the Greek flavors of olive and oregano. Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs, if desired.

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Overnight Apple Butter Recipes

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Overnight Apple Butter

This rich and complex apple butter adds a new dimension to pork chops or chicken for your holiday recipes. Save leftovers to spread atop a warm slice of toast in the morning.

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Cheesy Spinach-Artichoke Dip Recipes

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Cheesy Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Guests will be delighted to find this restaurant favorite on your buffet table. Get this appetizer started in the slow cooker a couple of hours ahead, and then make your final party preparations. The dip will be ready just as partygoers begin to arrive.

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Ginger-Lemon Hot Toddies

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Ginger-Lemon Hot Toddies

Ginger infuses this lemony hot toddy with spiciness–the perfect antidote to chilly winter weather. After you add the alcohol, turn the slow cooker to low and allow guests to help themselves.

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Spiced Apple Pork Chops

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Spiced Apple Pork Chops

With spiced apples and caramelized onions, these tender pork chops create a beautiful and flavorful dish for your holiday table. Essential to the recipe, the thickness of the pork chops ensures that the chops stay tender and juicy throughout the long cook time. Mashed sweet potatoes and sautéed Brussels sprouts complete the comforting meal.

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Sweet Potato Gratin

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Sweet Potato Gratin

A sprinkle of Parmesan and thyme adds a unique twist to this savory Sweet Potato Gratin.

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Angel Food Cake with Mixed Berry Compote

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Angel Food Cake with Mixed Berry Compote

Slow-cooked sauce made from three types of berries dresses up any store-bought cake or adds a finishing touch to your homemade holiday cake.

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Tarragon Lamb Shanks with Cannellini Beans

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Tarragon Lamb Shanks with Cannellini Beans

Drench tender lamb shanks in perfectly seasoned veggies and savory cannellini beans. You'll be surprised at the remarkable taste!

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Butternut Squash-Parsnip Soup

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Butternut Squash-Parsnip Soup

This soup is simple, savory, and extremely soothing on a cold winter night. To serve twelve to sixteen, make two batches of soup instead of doubling the recipe.

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Company Pot Roast Recipes

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Company Pot Roast

Though this delicious meal takes some planning ahead, you'll be glad when you can spend the time before dinner chatting with family and friends instead of busily running around the kitchen. Use leftover meat and gravy to make roast beef sandwiches the next day.

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Mocha Hot Chocolate

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Mocha Hot Chocolate

Warm up with a glass of steamy and sweet hot chocolate. Serve this coffee-flavored cocoa with a batch of your favorite biscotti. 

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Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes

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Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes

For a main dish, split the potatoes from the top, and open slightly; pile on more toppings, and enjoy the entire potato.

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Salsa Cheesecake

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Salsa Cheesecake

Served with baked tortilla chips, this festive appetizer will be a hit at your next party.

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Maple-Hazelnut Oatmeal

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Maple-Hazelnut Oatmeal

The soothing aroma of fresh oatmeal makes this dish the ultimate comfort food. Savor happiness in a bowl with the flavors of brown sugar, cinnamon, and maple syrup topped with chopped hazelnuts and apples.

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Braised Pork Loin with Port and Dried Plums

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Braised Pork Loin with Port and Dried Plums

Tender pork loin roast makes a textbook slow-cooker meal. Soaked in sweet and savory flavors, this dish is brilliant cold-weather comfort food.

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Sweet and Tangy Short Ribs

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Sweet and Tangy Short Ribs

This saucy dish is worthy of a dinner party; just serve with a side of brown rice or rice noodles. Cola is the secret ingredient, yielding a luscious sauce with great body.

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Spiced Poached Pears

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Spiced Poached Pears

This elegant but yummy sweet treat is a slow cooker sensation that is sure to be one of your all-time favorite desserts. Top with crème fraîche and cinnamon, if desired.

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Balsamic Collard Greens

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Balsamic Collard Greens

Serve these greens with pork tenderloin and garlic mashed potatoes.

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Chunky Peach-Ginger Chutney

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Chunky Peach-Ginger Chutney

If you use frozen peaches, there's no need to thaw them first. This chutney thickens as it stands, as well as when it chills. Serve the chutney warm or chilled with grilled or roasted pork, chicken, or lamb.

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Gruyere Bacon Dip

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Gruyère Bacon Dip

Serve this dip with assorted vegetable dippers for a great appetizer at your holiday party or your dinner spread. Spread it on a sandwich made of leftover meat the next day for a simple and delicious lunch.

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Double Apple Cake

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Double Apple Cake

If you’re an apple lover, look no further than this tasty cake recipe that boasts a double helping of applesauce and dried apples in its batter. With only 1 to 1-1/2 hours in the slow cooker, this apple cake is the perfect ending to a fall feast.

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Spiced Caramel Cider

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Spiced Caramel Cider

Snuggle up to a cozy fireplace with this warm, flavorful, and savory cider. If you'd prefer a beverage with less spice, try substituting apple juice for the apple cider. It's fantastic either way.

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Beef Brisket with Beer

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Beef Brisket with Beer

Beef brisket is at its best when you simmer it in a slow cooker and flavor it with beer and onions.

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Lamb Meatballs

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Lamb Meatballs

Lemon zest adds a nice bright lift to the spicy sauce and complements the Greek-inspired flavors of these meatballs.

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Orange-Fig Jam

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Orange-Fig Jam

Serve this honey-colored jam alongside goat cheese or 1/3-less-fat cream cheese with assorted crackers. The recipe makes a lot, so store in decorative jars in your refrigerator to serve to unexpected guests and at impromptu parties. Tie on a pretty ribbon to present as a hostess gift.

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Hoppin' John

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Hoppin' John

Hoppin' John is said to bring good luck all year when eaten on New Year's Day.

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Poblano Corn Pudding

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Poblano Corn Pudding

Guaranteed to heat up any meal, this corn pudding is a tasty menu item for a holiday buffet.

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Classic Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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Classic Slow Cooker Beef Stew

A nutty dark beer adds richness and depth to the stew. Be careful not to choose a beer that's super-hoppy; it will taste too bitter. To get 2 pounds of trimmed meat, you'll probably need to purchase a 2 1/2-pound roast.

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Amaretti Cheesecake

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Amaretti Cheesecake

Cheesecake in a slow cooker is a brilliant idea for a heavenly special-occasion dessert that will keep your oven free. Top with fresh raspberries to complete your sweet treat.

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Pork with Apricots, Dried Plums, and Sauerkraut

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Pork with Apricots, Dried Plums, and Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut balances the sweetness of the apricot preserves and orange juice. Slow cooking tenderizes the pork and dried fruit.

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Blue Cheese-Artichoke Dip

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Blue Cheese-Artichoke Dip

Blue cheese amps up the flavor for a little twist on the traditional artichoke appetizer. The dip holds up well for about two hours after the cook time. Serve with pita chips or toasted baguette slices.

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Spicy Black-Eyed Peas

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Spicy Black-Eyed Peas

Don't forget to eat your black-eyed peas for good luck this year on New Years. Reduce the amount of hot sauce and finely chopped jalapeño pepper to mellow out the spicy flavor, if you desire.

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Vegetable Pot Pie with Parmesan-Black Pepper Biscuits

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Vegetable Pot Pie with Parmesan-Black Pepper Biscuits

Leaving out the chicken doesn’t make this dish any less filling or tasty. The medley of vegetables topped with a fluffy and savory biscuit creates phenomenal flavor and will appease everyone in your family.

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Creamy White Bean Soup with Smoked Ham Hocks

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Creamy White Bean Soup with Smoked Ham Hocks

Creamy, starchy, and filling, this hearty, rustic soup is the epitome of comfort. And convenient: Beans go in dry—no need to soak.

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Vanilla Bean Baked Custard

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Vanilla Bean Baked Custard

This creamy custard is about as simply delicious as it gets. Using evaporated milk helps the custard stabilize and not curdle.

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Potato Soup

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Potato Soup

This classic soup gets a double hit of cheese—stirred into the soup and sprinkled over the top.

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Roasted Garlic-White Bean Dip

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Roasted Garlic-White Bean Dip

This white bean dip gets its flavor from a combination of roasted garlic, rosemary, and kalamata olives and its smooth texture from ricotta cheese. If time allows, pick up a baguette and make your own crostini at home, or just serve with crackers.

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Plum Pork Tenderloin

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Plum Pork Tenderloin

Serve with jasmine rice to help soak up some of the sauce. Snow peas make a great side dish for rounding out your meal.

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Lemon-Rosemary Beets

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Lemon-Rosemary Beets

A little lemon juice brings out the vivid color in these beets and keeps the flavors bright, too.

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Sweet Glazed Chicken Thighs

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Sweet Glazed Chicken Thighs

This simple chicken dish becomes a whole lot more savory when stuck in a slow cooker. The sweet juice mixture gives the chicken its undeniably delicious flavor. Serve over hot cooked rice.

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Cheesy-Spinach Crab Dip

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Cheesy-Spinach Crab Dip

This cheesy crab dip makes a savory party appetizer with minimal preparation time. Serve warm with pita chips or whole-grain crackers.

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Honey-Orange Carrots

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Honey-Orange Carrots

A healthy side dish loaded with vitamins, these gently-cooked carrots are a great sweet addition to your holiday meals without excessive calories.

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Chicken with Carrots and Potatoes

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Chicken with Carrots and Potatoes

Have a last minute holiday dinner to throw together? All you need is twenty minutes to get this dish in the slow cooker. You'll have a hearty chicken and veggie supper waiting for you when you get home.

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Tiramisu Bread Pudding

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Tiramisu Bread Pudding

Drizzled with a rich mascarpone sauce, this moist, coffee- and Kahlúa-infused bread pudding offers the flavors of a favorite Italian dessert.

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Rosemary Pork Sliders with Horseradish Aioli

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Rosemary Pork Sliders with Horseradish Aioli

Make these popular pork sliders into appetizers by putting them on dinner rolls.

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Berry Lemonade Tea

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Berry Lemonade Tea

Here's a refreshingly fruity mix of tea and lemonade that is delicious hot or cold. Serve it cold with dinner or hot for an after-dinner treat. You can even spike it and serve it during cocktail hour.

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Chunky Applesauce

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Chunky Applesauce

We left the skins on the McIntosh apples to provide texture and color to this favorite fruit dish. Use this delightful sauce to top off your holiday cake or even your chicken for a boost of flavor.

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