My slow cooker is a kitchen workhorse that's most often put to work on busy weeknights and during weekend meal prep. It's also very handy when prepping a holiday meal, and this weekend it will make cooking your Easter meal a lot easier.
Whether you're hosting brunch, need an easy way to cook your ham, or want help with the sides, here are 10 Easter essentials to make in the slow cooker.
Let your slow cooker do all the heavy lifting with the ham this Easter. Since most holiday hams come fully baked, all you have to do is load it into the slow cooker in the morning to have ham in time for lunch. And your slow cooker can be set to warm, so the ham stays moist while you wait for everyone to arrive.
Salmon is a favorite main course when I want something a little different for Easter dinner. The slow cooker makes for hands-off cooking, and essentially poaches the fish for a result that is tender, succulent, and absolutely delicious.
While cooking a whole chicken in the slow cooker doesn't deliver the crackly skin you get from the oven, it does give you juicy and tender meat. Here, the chicken is infused with fresh aromas of citrus, garlic, and herbs.
Mashed potatoes are a classic crowd-pleaser versatile enough to partner with anything you're serving for dinner. And the slow cooker makes this big-batch side a mostly hands-off affair and frees up the stovetop.
The slow cooker is a natural fit for braising collards into tender submission. This is a side that's bound to be a hit with everyone around the table.
If you want an easy side to pair with Easter dinner, look no further than this family favorite. It's a dump-and-stir recipe that doesn't require too much attention, and can go right from the kitchen to the dinner table.
Fresh-baked is always a treat, and one of my favorite touches in any holiday spread. Making it in the slow cooker means I can keep my attention focused on the main course.
When the oven is tied up and your focus is on dinner, let your slow cooker help with dessert. The low, steady heat from the slow cooker is a boon to cheesecake, leaving this sweet treat with a perfectly creamy, silky, almost custard-like texture.
Slow cooker breakfast casseroles are always a good idea for Easter brunch. It's an easy way to serve a crowd that works with your schedule.
If your family expects ham at Easter brunch, but you need a lighter main dish, this casserole is my favorite way to dish it up.