Feeling the Christmas crunch? Does Santa have you running around town for the perfect gift? Too many holiday parties to keep track of? Skip the formalities and do yourself a favor by cooking this year’s Christmas dinner in a Crock-Pot! From decadent pot roasts to slow-cooked salmon, the Crock-Pot is here to save your holiday sanity. Read on for recipes to slow cook your main dish this December.

Crock-Pot Bacon-Wrapped Beef Tenderloin and Balsamic Glaze

A Spicy Perspective

Everything’s better wrapped in bacon! This beef tenderloin gets the star-of-the-dinner-table treatment with a wrap in the salty pork and a coating of balsamic glaze. The impressive cut of beef is always a holiday winner, especially when it’s been cooking all day in the low maintenance slow cooker. Get the recipe.

Tamales

Plains Joy

It wouldn’t be a complete Christmas in the Southwest without tamales on the table. While the hard work happens during the assembly of the tamales, this recipe uses the slow cooker to steam the tamales easily and keep them warm throughout dinner. Get the recipe.

Crock-Pot Cornish Game Hens with Orange Sauce

The Creative Bite

Some Christmas traditions call for a quintessential game hen or two on the table. These cornish hens are prepared slow and low in the Crock-Pot and garnished with a savory orange sauce for an elegant meal. Get the recipe.

Slow Cooker Ham with Maple Brown Sugar Glaze

The No. 2 Pencil

Christmas in the South feels incomplete without ham making an appearance. This incredibly easy recipe starts with a bone-in ham and slow cooks it to perfection. The maple-brown sugar glaze dresses up the pork and is caramelized under the broiler for a few minutes for more classic flavors and textures. Get the recipe.

Slow Cooker Whole Roast Chicken

Tori Avey

Skip the whole turkey thing—you made a giant meal just a few weeks ago! Give yourself a break and go for a whole roast chicke. It has the same flavor profile without the hassle of the giant bird. Get the recipe.

Crock-Pot Turkey Breast

Chelsea’s Messy Apron

If you’re set on turkey for Christmas, consider opting for a turkey breast instead. Skip the whole bird—turkey breasts are less work (no carving!) and cook more evenly for juicier, more succulent results. Don’t forget the gravy! Get the recipe.

Slow Cooker Bacon Pork Roast

Damn Delicious

Pork loin is always an impressive Christmas dinner, especially when it’s been filling the house with the delicious smell of roasted meat all day. The best part about this roast is the fig jam and mustard glaze—sweet, tangy, and perfectly paired with pork’s brine. Get the recipe.

Portobello Pot Roast

Gimme Some Oven

Is your family not into meat? Your Christmas table can be full of vegetables and just as delicious. This mushroom pot roast is glistening with a delicious red wine glaze and brimming with in-season root vegetables. Get the recipe.

Slow Cooked Salmon with Citrus

Clean Cuisine

You don’t have to do the whole feast of the seven fishes to enjoy fish for Christmas dinner! Serve an impressive side of salmon, slow cooked in the crockpot with citrus and fresh herbs. To keep it even more low maintenance, serve alongside steam-in-bag green beans tossed in a lemon vinaigrette or a side of simple roasted potatoes. Get the recipe.

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Rachel Johnson is a millennial food person; she writes about food, all she Instagrams is food, and she just can't stop talking about it. Her first cookbook, "Stupid Good: A Shut Up and Cook Book" was published in 2014, encouraging the merits of fresh, vibrant food and cooking for yourself as a twentysomething. Today, Rachel works as a freelance food writer and photographer specializing in online food media and manages her brand, Stupid Good Food. She lives in Austin with her boyfriend, dog, and full pantry.
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