21 Slow-Cooker Recipes to Simplify Your Christmas Menu

Cut out holiday cooking stress by dusting off your slow-cooker
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21 Slow-Cooker Recipes to Simplify Your Christmas Menu

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What is the saying? “Work smarter not harder.”

The holidays often spin quickly out of control. The added pressure of tending to work, friends, and family means that planning and cooking your Christmas menu can get pushed to the side, but this year don’t get bogged down in the details. Instead, rely on a lazy cook’s greatest asset — the slow-cooker — to get you through holiday cooking with ease.

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Appetizers, drinks, sides, entrées, and desserts can all be executed beautifully using only your slow-cooker or Dutch oven. To make this no-fuss dinner run smoothly, plan out what dishes you want to cook in your slow-cooker and Dutch oven. Then compile all the ingredients you will need in an organized grocery list.

While slow-cookers free up time by unchaining you from the stove, they do require more minutes cook, so head to grocery store early to beat the crowds and ensure that you have plenty of time to allow your slow-cooker recipes to develop plenty of delicious holiday flavor and spices.

Finally, holiday cooking is all about the finishing touches, so be sure to buy extra herbs, cranberries, and citrus to decorate your holiday platters to add just a touch of festivity to this delicious and no-fuss holiday meal.

For 21 holiday-ready slow-cooker recipes, check out our complete list that will take you from cocktail hour to the dessert table without so much as an extra pan.

Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.