Holiday entertaining is hectic to say the least! Getting multiple dishes on the table at the right temperature can feel as complicated as plate-spinning! So to free up some oven space and some much needed time, we’re calling in the help of our trusty Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker all December long.

From entrees, sides, desserts and even cocktails, I rounded up 15 delicious dishes that are made using a Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker. Hopefully you’ll find some new recipes to try in your Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker, and if you don’t have one, you’re in luck! As a thank you to our readers, and an early Christmas present, we’re giving away a FREE Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker to 1 lucky participant. For giveaway details, see the bottom of this post. Happy Cooking!


Balsamic Pot Roast is perfection when it first comes out of the Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker, but that’s not where the deliciousness ends. Rachel tells us that the leftovers are easily used for taco meat, pasta or steak and eggs.

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Oh my… Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke dip. Given that this dip is a million times more delicious when hot, a slow cooker version is ideal! Check out the full recipe on Some The Wiser.


This Crock Pot Cranberry-Orange Mulled Wine by Kitchen Treaty  sounds like each sip is like drinking the holiday spirit!! This brandy based drink will be warm and ready when your guests arrive without taking up any stove room.


This Slow Cooker Honey Soy Chicken by Chris Cockren of Shared Appetite sounds satisfying and refreshing. They use braised chicken thighs coated in pineapple juice, honey, soy sauce, and sriracha.


Have breakfast ready for you in the morning with this Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pecan Steal Cut Oatmeal by Kitchen Treaty. Getting out of bed just got a whole lot easier!


Ms. Maryanne calls this recipe Taco Chili because she adds taco seasoning to the recipe. This familiar and festive flavor along with the warm, hearty chili is sure to be a crowd pleaser… especially for the guys.

Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes

For Reals Life shows us their “favorite way to cook sweet potatoes” is a slow cooker version. This Slow Cooker Sweet Potato recipe also makes the skins more tender to eat.


This Slow Cooker Curry Chicken with Peach Chutney by Creme De La Crumb is a light protein-packed entree. I love the combo of curry and peach chutney… yum!


I’m thinking this Slow Cooker Fondue by Wanderlust Kitchen is a fuss-free appetizer option for a holiday party. Let’s face it… fondue is only delicious when it’s hot, so spooning some out of a slow cooker throughout the party is a fix for otherwise (disgusting) luke-warm cheese dip.


How about trying a Loaded Baked Potato Soup. That’s right, a soup that takes all the hearty and creamy ingredients of a baked potato, and whips it into a smooth, light soup.


Fresh homemade applesauce is definitely made simpler with a Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker. See how Neighbor Food Blog makes their version of Slow Cooker Applesauce.


These Slow Cooker Meatballs can cook away while you prepare the rest of your pasta dinner. These meatballs are sure to become a family favorite!


I hope you’re not “pumpkined-out” already because this Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cobbler by the Gunny Sack looks mouth-wateringly scrumptious! Add some vanilla ice cream to the top, and it’s a dessert party!


A classic comfort food made by scratch in a simple ways. This Slow Cooker Creamed Corn by Damn Delicious only uses 5 ingredients, and is so much better than the canned version!


This Chicken and Dumplings recipe is perfect for a cozy night in or even when you have the sniffles. Velvety soup, savory dumplings and juicy chicken all mixed together for this warm, soothing meal.

Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker Giveaway Guidelines:

Enter to win a Crock-Pot® Programmable Slow Cooker with iStir™ Stirring SystemHere’s how to enter:

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Leave a comment below with which of the 15 slow cooker recipes above you’re likely to make.

b) Follow @msrachelhollis on Twitter HERE then Tweet (public message) about this promotion; using hashtag #TheChic; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

Enter to win by Dec. 20th, 2013


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