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Keep It Simple: Holiday Feasts with 5 Ingredients or Less

Instead of spending the bulk of your holiday in the kitchen preparing a lavish feast this season, consider how you can use your slow cooker to create equally tasty yet significantly less time-consuming dishes. 

If you're searching for a simple and savory main dish to serve during the holidays, opt for one of the following meats - not only can you set and forget them, but they only require five ingredients or less.  

Slow Cooker Meatloaf
Meatloaf is a great choice for any holiday feast - not only can the dish be tailored to your guests' tastes, but it pairs well with a variety of vegetables, including green beans, potatoes and carrots. Begin by coating your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, mash together 2 pounds of ground meat - depending on your preference, you can use beef, turkey or chicken, or a combination of the three. Chop 1 large onion and add it to the bowl, then stir in 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 cup ketchup and 2 large eggs. You can either place the meatloaf in a bread pan and place that in your slow cooker, or just directly put the mixture in your slow cooker. Garnish with a dash of salt, pepper and garlic salt. 

Cover the slow cooker and allow the meatloaf to cook for about 6-8 hours on low, or 3-4 hours on high. Serve with a variety of veggies to make the most of your holiday dish.  

Brown Sugar Ham
If you're a fan of more traditional holiday fare, try this delicious take on honey baked ham. Prep this dish in your slow cooker instead of your oven - this frees up space for you to prep dishes, desserts or sides in the oven while your ham heats in the slow cooker. Start by spraying the inside of your appliance with nonstick spray, then placing a ham directly in the stoneware. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup maple syrup, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup pineapple juice and 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard. When you have whisked the ingredients together, gently coat your ham in the mixture. 

Cover your slow cooker and allow the ham to cook for 3-4 hours on low, or 1-2 hours on high. This meat is best paired with potatoes, greens and breads.

Due to the slow ramp up, and even heating of a slow cooker, recipes featured on this site can be cooked in a range of slow cooker sizes. Recipes can be increased or decreased by one quart size per the cooking instructions. For smaller sauces and dips that calls for 3 quarts or less, it is not recommended to alter the unit size. Crock-Pot® is a registered trademark and should not be used generically when referring to a 'slow cooker' within the recipes.
Sunbeam Products, Inc. d/b/a Jarden Consumer Solutions has not tested these recipes and is not responsible for the outcome of any recipe. You may not achieve the results desired due to variations in ingredients, cooking temperatures, cooking times, typos, errors, omissions, or individual cooking abilities. Please always use your best judgment when cooking with raw ingredients such as eggs, chicken or fish.


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