15+ Easy Slow-Cooker Recipes for New Year's Celebrations
Goodbye 2020, hello 2021! Celebrating the New Year is all about fresh beginnings and improving your quality of life--especially during a global pandemic. Start the year off right by using your slow cooker to keep the New Year's Eve and New Year's Day festivities fun-filled and relaxed.
Slow Cooker Beef-and-Sweet Potato Chili
Leaving the peels on the sweet potatoes has three benefits: Prep is faster, you add more fiber, and the potatoes hold their shape better after the 7-hour simmer. Besides, the peels get so tender that you barely notice they're there. If you'd like to change things up, try parsnips in place of the sweet potatoes; they have a similar sweetness and earthier flavor. For less sweetness, you can try small red potatoes or baby Yukon Golds. You don't need to fully cook the ground beef before it goes into the slow cooker; just cook it enough to "set" the shape of the crumbles.
Good Luck Greens and Peas with Ham
Southern tradition says that eating nutrient-rich greens and black-eyed peas will bring good luck in the new year. This hearty dish pairs fresh collards and cooked ham with black-eyed peas and calls for sweet onion, apple cider vinegar, crushed red pepper, brown sugar, and Dijon mustard to create deep, rich flavor.
Red Bean Chili
Chili is the perfect no-muss, no-fuss food for casual New Year's celebrations. Simply brown the beef with chopped onion and place in your slow cooker, then add the remaining four ingredients and cook at HIGH for 5 hours. Set out bowls of condiments so everyone can tailor their chili to their own tastes, and serve with a platter full of homemade garlic toast.
Rum-Raisin Arborio Pudding
Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos
Mulled Pomegranate and Red Wine Punch
Buffalo-Style Drummettes with Blue Cheese Dip
Make your own Buffalo wings in the slow cooker for a delicious appetizer that's well suited to New Year's celebrations.
Wassail is another holiday drink that just seems made for the slow cooker. The fruity spiced concoction features bottled ale, apple cider, port, lemonade, diced apple, brown sugar, and traditional holiday spices like allspice, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom. Garnish with lemon wedges and cinnamon sticks for a festive presentation.
Hot-and-Spicy Black-Eyed Peas
Slow Cooker Beef Daube
Here's a dinner that will cook itself to perfection as you go about your holiday errands. It's fine--in fact better--if you make it a day or two ahead, giving the herbs and wine time to meld with the meat and vegetables for rich, complex flavor. To end up with a 2-pound trimmed chuck roast, you should purchase 2 1/2 pounds. Serve over mashed potatoes or polenta.
Set up a simple BBQ sandwich bar so guests can create their own mini sandwiches with their favorite flavors. Serve fun and colorful toppings like coleslaw, pickles, Cheddar cheese, and pickled jalapeño peppers in small bowls alongside the slow cooker. To make an entrée-sized sandwich, feel free to substitute the dinner rolls with French sandwich rolls or buns.
Sausage and Tater Tot Brunch Casserole
After a late-night New Year's Eve, there's nothing like waking up to a delicious breakfast--that's already been cooked! This egg-based breakfast casserole mixed with potatoes, cheese and/or bread is made for the slow cooker. Simply brown the sausage and mix in the rest of the ingredients before you turn in for the night, then let it cook while you slumber your way into the new year.
Slow Cooker Chicken, Bacon, and Potato Soup
Not a chili fan? Although you can’t leave it unattended all day, this chicken potato soup still offers the benefit of hands-free, fuss-free cooking. Prep it mid-afternoon, and it'll be ready by dinnertime. Baby red, Yukon Gold, or fingerling potatoes will all work well here, as they'll maintain their shape nicely during cooking. Pair this easy chicken and potato soup with a slaw or kale side salad and crusty whole-grain bread for a healthy, satisfying dinner.
Brownie Pudding Cake
Dutch process cocoa and bittersweet chocolate give this dessert - part cake and part pudding - its rich and decadent character. Top with light vanilla ice cream, if desired.