Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Favorites: Five Favorite CrockPot Meals to Cook While You're Busy Having Holiday Fun

By the time you read this post I'll be at my sister's house, taking the rest of the week off from the blog and looking forward to Christmas morning with the kids.  Before I sign off for a few days I thought I'd share one more set of favorite recipes.  I've given you ideas for Appetizers for Holiday Parties and Breakfasts for Christmas Morning, and this time I'm sharing five favorite CrockPot meals.  Food that cooks itself  in the slow cooker while you're out having fun is perfect for the holidays, so let's start with Chicken Fajitas in the Crockpot, one of the first crockpot recipes ever posted on Kalyn's Kitchen and still one of my favorites.

Or maybe you'd rather come home to Hungarian Pot Roast with Sour Cream and Paprika Gravy, another of my very favorite crockpot meals, and something that would make a great dinner after a busy day.

This crockpot Pulled Pork with Low-Sugar Barbecue Sauce would be great to have around during the holidays.  Serve this on buns for the kids, and with a side of Spicy Mexican Slaw for the adults.

Another crockpot meal that's great when the weather is cold is this Louisiana-Style Red Beans and Rice.  I make this with barely-spicy Green Tabasco, so if you use red Tabasco, be sure to use a lot less!

Finally, I think the crockpot is one of the best ways to cook pot roast, and this Southwestern Pot Roast is delicious and the recipe is about as easy as they come, with only five ingredients.  How do you use your crockpot or slow cooker during the holidays?  If you have some favorite crockpot recipes that you always make at Christmas, let us know in the comments.

Photo of Christmas Balls from All Things Christmas

Now I'm going to concentrate on seriously relaxing and just having fun for the next four days, but  first I want to send best wishes for a very  Happy Holidays for all my readers and blogging friends!    I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating the season with the people you love.  All of us who are prosperous enough to enjoy reading about food on the internet have a lot to be thankful for during these difficult times, so please pause to give thanks, and do what you can to help those among us who are less fortunate.
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  1. Crockpot recipes are a great idea for the holidays. I'm going to make a black bean soup in my crockpot Christmas Day so I can just relax. Served with a salad and some cornbread, that will make a meal. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  2. Merry Christmas, Kalyn! I hope you have a wonderful celebration with family! (PS - The Hungarian Pot Roast looks luscious!)

  3. your five days of appetizers, breakfasts and crockpot meals are a great idea. thanks

  4. Merry Christmas Kalyn! I hope you have a fun and relaxing holiday!

    I would love to have pulled pork on Christmas. Someday...

  5. I'm actually planning to make a side dish for Christmas day in the crockpot - sweet potatoes!

  6. Just checking in from my sister's house where I'm just about to try out Kodiak Cakes with the kids! I'm glad people are liking these suggestions for holiday recipes. Hope everyone is having a nice holiday so far!

  7. Have a safe, lovely Christmas with your family, Kalyn- and a bright, healthy and Happy New Year 2011! xox

  8. Wonderful List Kalyn! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  9. I don't use my crock pot near as much as I should. These dishes look delicious. Merry Christmas Kalyn!

  10. Enjoy your holiday and well-deserved blogging break. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes you've shared with us throughout the year.

  11. Thanks to all for the nice Christmas wishes. I am home now, getting ready for a huge Denny Family Christmas party tonight! Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

  12. I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas at your sister's house. These are perfect recipes for a relaxing holiday week.

  13. Kalyn, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!


  14. Merry Christmas!

    I love fajitas - never considered it with a crockpot. Everything looks great. I was thinking of trying a chicken cacciatore in a crock pot!

  15. Sorry I have been so neglectful at responding to all the nice holiday greetings. I've posted most of these comments from the iPhone, while I've been on the run. Hope everyone else is having a great holiday too!


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