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10 yummy slow-cooker recipes for the holidays

Take the worry out of meals with these fun holiday slow-cooker recipes.

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Using your slow cooker to assist in your holiday cooking is a smart choice. Things are less likely to burn -- giving you peace of mind -- plus, you'll free up space in your oven or on your stove. Here are 10 holiday recipes to make this year.

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Slow-cooker cheesy sausage breakfast casserole

You know your family is going to be hungry on Christmas morning, but you also know you won't want to make breakfast since you'll have to start preparing dinner in a few hours. On Christmas Eve, pop these ingredients into your slow cooker and wake up to a cheesy breakfast casserole... and presents, of course.

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Chile hot chocolate

Each year I make homemade hot chocolate to drink while we look at Christmas lights. This spicy twist on hot chocolate is yummy -- and you don't need to worry about scorching the milk if you use your slow cooker.

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Slow-cooker peach crumble

Making desserts in your slow cooker frees up space in your oven. Not to mention that they stay moist and gooey. Here's a great recipe for slow-cooker peach crumble.

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Slow-cooker chocolate cake

You may have tried making cake in the microwave, but have you tried making it in your slow cooker? This chocolate cake is sure to please a crowd and it's super easy to make, even for non-bakers. The slow cooker holds in moisture so the cake doesn't get dry.

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Slow-cooker French onion dip

Skip the packaged dip and make a crowd pleaser with this slow-cooker French onion dip. It only takes seven ingredients and really brings out the flavor in the onions.

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Slow-cooker party mix

Party mix is always a welcomed addition at holiday parties and get-togethers. I have trouble with mine scorching in the oven, though. For me, this slow-cooker party mix recipe is a no-brainer.

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Slow-cooker collard greens

In the south, collard greens are a must-have side dish for the holidays. These slow-cooker collard greens use ham or turkey to add another level of flavor, so it would be a great day-after-Christmas dish to use up leftovers.

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German mulled wine (Glühwein)

German mulled wine will warm you up after dashing through the snow. It includes dry red wine, cloves and citrus. To make it in the slow cooker, follow step 1 of the recipe, but instead of step 2, put the sugar, water and cinnamon sticks in the slow cooker. 

Turn it on high and let it simmer while stirring occasionally. When the sugar is dissolved, set the heat to low and let it simmer about 20 minutes. Then go on to step 3.

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Slow-cooker spiked wassail

This drink will get you to wassailing, a-wassailing along. Slow-cooker spiked wassail is a boozy drink made with apples, spices and calvados, a French apple brandy. Think of it as hot cider with a punch.

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Slow-cooker butternut squash and red pepper soup

There's nothing more cozy than soup during the holidays. Using a seasonal vegetable and red pepper adds extra flavor to the dish. Here's how to make slow-cooker butternut squash and red pepper soup.

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