Foodies: The best time of the year is upon us! With the abundance of recipes and family crowding your kitchen there is also a fight over oven and stove space. One easy way to make room is letting your slow cooker get in on the action. And luckily, you can make just about all the traditional staples in a crock pot with seriously crowd-pleasing flavor—yes, even the turkey! We've rounded up the best seasonal recipes below, so you can get in on this holiday hack.
Cranberry Sauce: A serious upgrade from the canned version if we ever saw one. The orange marmalade will give it a nice, zesty sweetness too.
Whole Chicken: Not a fan of Turkey? This fowl simmers in spiced juices for a tender, finger-lickin' meal.
Apple Cider: It's not truly Thanksgiving without a glass of this classic libation, spiked or not. A trio of apples simmered in warm, sweet spices makes this one particularly lip-smackin' good.
Cinnnamon-Spiced Nuts: Forget a holiday candle, this recipe will make your home smell like the holidays better than any flame. Plus, they're perfect to package in festive goodie bags.
Fudge: It's time to take over this tradition from Grandma, no? Except you won't be labouring over the stove with this recipe.
Apple Sauce: *THIS* is why we go apple picking! Loved by everyone at every age, this is the kind of sauce to get hooked on.
Stuffing: This one's less traditional than the usual T-day staple, but oh-so-healthy thanks to mushrooms and brown rice. No guilt for having seconds!
Honey-Glazed Ham: That's right, we're going HAM this year. With a crock pot, you can skip the basting and focus on all those yummy sides you have planned.
Sweet Potato Casserole: Sweet potatoes normally take for-ev-er to soften, and if you're anti-can, that's a huge time suck. Not this time! In a crock pot, it only takes 8 minutes. Then, add the rest of your fave toppings and this dish is dunzo.
Turkey Breast: Just because this bird is pretty much the main event, doesn't mean you have to slave over it all day long. This version adds honey and soy sauce for one tantalizing turkey.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes: Here's one you can re-make all year on repeat. Filled with garlicky goodness, these taters are easier than, well, pie.