5 Holiday Mains You Can Cook in a Slow Cooker

Ovens were made for batches of sugar cookies, not spiraled ham — at least that's what we like to believe. So this season, we suggest turning to your slow cooker for hearty meals that will go down in holiday history. 

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You slow-cook your weeknight dinners, why not slow-cook your holiday mains too? These low-and-slow masterpieces will make hosting hassle-free — the way it should it be.

Spiral Ham

The perfect ham doesn't need to take a lot of energy. Focus your attention on your guests (or your kids, who are probably making snowball fights look way more fun than cooking dinner) and let the slow cooker do the heavy lifting. Get the recipe.

Swedish Meatballs

Meet your new favorite meatballs. They're light and fluffy, doused in gravy and super easy to make ahead of time in the slow cooker — which means they're perfect for the holiday dinner rush. Get the recipe. 

Sliced Cranberry Pork Roast

Pork roast can be finicky when your oven is involved. Not so with a slow cooker. The low-and-slow heat will help you turn out a dish that'll have guests asking for seconds and thirds (and fourths!). Be sure to make recipe cards — everyone will want to copy this slice of perfection. Get the recipe.

Beef Bourguignon

There is something so simple and inviting about soup during the cold season. Bring that same level of enchantment to your holiday dinner by cooking up a pot of this deceptively easy beef bourguignon. Get the recipe. 

Pumpkin Turkey Chili

All your favorite end-of-the-year flavors join together in this unbeatable chili. Make it even more fun for the little ones by setting out a toppings bar. New holiday tradition? You bet. Get the recipe.

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