Believe it or not, you can cook a whole turkey in your slow cooker. Just a couple of things to keep in mind: You will need a large machine. (The recipe’s author uses a 7-quart.) And, if you want crispy skin (uh, of course) you’ll need to pop it under the broiler for 4-5 minutes before serving. But that’s it. No basting, foiling, brining, or any of that complicated stuff.
Ham is perfect for the slow cooker because all of that low-and-slow baking makes the meat fall-apart tender. A homemade honey mustard glaze satisfies both salty and sweet cravings—the perfect turkey alternative.
If you’re oh-so-over the ham and turkey routine, use your slow cooker to make roast beef. Try this yummy version with a balsamic sauce flavored with brown sugar, soy sauce, and garlic. And yes, there’s plenty of gravy left over in the end for dipping and drizzling.
If you didn’t already know, you can use your slow cooker to make salmon, too. This simple recipe walks you through the entire process.
This recipe is great because you don’t have to worry about your potatoes getting cold before they hit the table. Once they’re tender, place the cooker on the ‘warm’ setting until you’re ready to eat.
If you think you don’t like carrots, you’ve never had these carrots. Literally swimming in brown butter and brown sugar, this is one side that will have everyone reaching for seconds.
Switch out an old standby for this twist made with cauliflower—which is just as creamy, but way lighter.
Everyone needs an amazing slow cooker mac and cheese recipe, and this is it. In only three hours and 15 minutes, your slow cooker can bake this amazing no-fuss dish that’s perfect for holiday meals, or any night of the week when comfort food is a must.
Butternut squash is a go-to this time of year, and if you need a hands-off way to serve this cold-weather staple, this soup is as easy as it gets. The squash itself is creamy, and a can of coconut milk sends the flavor over the top.
This six-ingredient wonder doesn’t disappoint. Just throw corn, cream cheese, milk, butter, sugar, and salt into your slow cooker, and heat until the mixture is melted and warmed through.
Canned pumpkin, cornmeal, maple syrup, butter, and a few other tasty ingredients bake themselves in your slow cooker while you focus on the rest of the meal … or enjoy a glass of wine
Never resort to canned cranberries again. Add real cranberries to your slow cooker (along with a few other aromatics), and enjoy the real stuff this year.
Polenta is a great alternative to rice or potatoes. And thanks to the slow cooker, it’s also fuss-free.
Is there any side dish more iconic than the classic green bean casserole? This year, let your slow cooker take over with this recipe that promises all of the flavor with none of the work.
Dips in the slow cooker are pure genius. They keep cheeses melty and warm until the last bite is scraped from the bowl. Everyone will want a bite of this yummy spinach and artichoke classic, and you’ll love how simple it is to make.
During the holidays, you can never have enough sweet treats around. Your slow cooker can bake up a batch of these irresistible cinnamon almonds that are perfect with drinks or dessert.
Just when you thought you’d seen everything, this recipe happens. Pie in the slow cooker? Surprise your guests with this spin on pecan pie.
The author promises this carrot cake will change our lives. You’ll never think of baking the same way again.
Not only is this dessert made simpler by your slow cooker, it also uses a boxed cake mix. Perfect for novice bakers and busy holiday hosts who need a delicious dessert minus the work.
A cake covered in peanut butter cups? That’s all we need to know.
If you’re looking for a healthy dessert option, this is it. Be sure to use a large slow cooker so you can squeeze in lots of delicious apples.
For some, it’s simply not dessert without chocolate. This recipe is for you.
Don’t forget the drinks. Keep a pot of this apple cider bubbling away during dinner.
If you’re a fan of sweet drinks that double as dessert, this decadent white hot chocolate is the perfect after-dinner treat.
Because once the temperature drops, you can never have enough pumpkin. And homemade PSLs are better in a slow cooker.