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You already know that your slow cooker is your kitchen’s most valuable appliance. But did you know it’s your secret weapon for holiday entertaining? Here, 20 amazing recipes you can make in this miracle appliance--from Christmas ham to curried almonds.

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HAM WITH BROWN SUGAR GLAZE

Let your roast cook for three hours, remove it one hour before dinner and voilà: Christmas dinner is served.

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Whole Chicken with Potatoes

A true one-pot wonder. 

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CURRIED CASHEWS AND ALMONDS

Snack on these between courses. 

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Oreo Cheesecake

Never thought we’d make cheesecake in a crockpot, but now we can’t imagine it any other way.

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herbed chicken and rice pilaf

Bring on the wild rice.

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Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

No seasonal table is complete without a little bit of green.

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Spiked Cinnamon Lattes

Best enjoyed in front of a roaring fire. 

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Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Meatballs

Fact: Party apps taste better on toothpicks.

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Spinach Artichoke Dip

…or as a vessel for dunking warm pita bread.

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Garlic-Herb Mashed Cauliflower

Set it, forget it, then smother it in gravy.

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Lasagna

A Christmas Eve favorite.

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braised red wine short ribs with cheddar potato perogies

Perfect for sweater weather.

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Hot Chocolate

The best way to stay warm. 

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Cranberry Sauce

It’s not just for Thanksgiving, people. 

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Pasta e Fagioli

Just say no to stove-top soup.

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Turkey Breast with Orange and Herbs

The key to a turkey that’s moist on the inside and crispy on the outside: your slow cooker, of course.

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Stuffed Shells

Can’t you just feel the Christmas spirit?

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Salted-Caramel Rice Pudding

Dessert is served…and you didn’t do any baking.

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Monkey Bread

Forget the milk and cookies; Santa is climbing down the chimney for this.

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Hot Toddy

Your slow cooker can get you drunk, too.

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