20 Crock-Pot Christmas Dinner Ideas for a Stress-Free Holiday

Maressa Brown | Dec 5, 2018 Food & Party
20 Crock-Pot Christmas Dinner Ideas for a Stress-Free Holiday

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Hosting any dinner, let alone a holiday dinner, is a major undertaking. At the bare minimum, a host knows she or he is signing up for shopping for all the ingredients, finalizing a guest list, cleaning the house, prepping the main dishes, coordinating any other dishes with guests, setting the stage for a beautiful meal, cooking and presenting that beautiful meal, entertaining guests, then cleaning up and somehow juggling all of her or his other every day to-dos at the same time as all of the holiday dinner tasks. Whew! It's enough to make plenty of people seriously consider taking a hard pass on hosting responsibilities. Or at least think about catering options! 

Sure there's something to be said for spending time in the kitchen with loved ones, chatting over coffee or wine while chopping, sautéing, mixing, and pre-heating. But there are also undoubtedly a bevy of benefits to being able to set up a recipe in the trusty ol' slow cooker, or Crock-Pot, and then walking away for hours -- literally, hours --  to spend time on other activities, from wrapping gifts to baking cookies, trimming the tree or simply getting that well-deserved mani-pedi before the guests start arriving. 

When it comes to the Super Bowl or Sunday night dinners, busting out the Crock-Pot is a time-honored shortcut. So, why shouldn't the same be true on Christmas? It may be even more useful during the holiday season, which has the tendency to run to just about anyone -- especially harried moms -- ragged. Bonus: Traditional recipes like ham, as well as festive turkey and chicken, plus side dishes (think sweet potato casserole and green beans) come together beautifully in a slow cooker. Here are 20 Christmas dinner Crock-Pot recipes that will take the stress out of preparing the big holiday meal.

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