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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A Crock Pot Christmas!

Worried about fitting a turkey, dressing and sweet potatoes in your oven at the same time for Christmas dinner? Wondering how to baste that turkey with the Littles running around on their annual Christmas high? Or maybe you have bad luck with meat thermometers...I sure do (maybe it's because I'm so hot-blooded) or want more free time to spend with your guests? How about a Crock Pot Christmas?

Here's what's on our menu:
  • Cranberry Roast Pork (recipe follows)
  • 2 pans of homemade stuffing (one with mushrooms and walnuts, one without)---this can be made ahead, refrigerated and baked for about 30 minutes before serving
  • homemade cranberry sauce
  • mashed potatoes
  • steamed veggies
  • dessert---this will all be made during the week before---cookies, chocolate muffins, chocolate oatmeal pie and ?
  • coffee, tea, iced tea, and water
We'll also have some snacks to hold the kiddos over till dinner, like a homemade cheese ball and crackers and raw veggies for dipping. I think you'll agree that this is a high class meal, but notice the make ahead quality of most of the dishes---I will not be sweatin' in the kitchen while everyone else has fun.

Cranberry Pork Roast (from Mable Hoffman's Crockery Cooking 1995)
1 (3-4 lb.) boneless or loin pork roast
salt and pepper to taste
1 c ground or finely chopped cranberries (my blender does a fabulous job)
1/4 c honey
1 tsp. freshly grated orange peel
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/8 freshly grated nutmeg

Sprinkle roast with salt and pepper. Place in a slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients; pour over roast. Cover and cook on LOW 8-10 hours or until roast is tender. Slice and serve hot.

Notes: The original recipe puts this at 6-8 servings...that's 1/2 lb of meat per person! You could serve many more especially with all your sides (my dressing is a meal in itself!). The last time I made this I did not have grated orange peel or the nutmeg...I skipped them and it came out fabulous anyway! Experiment with the seasoning. It also works well with pork chops. And lastly...this makes an incredible gravy!
  • When the roast is done, take it out and put it under a foil tent to stay hot.
  • Raise your crock temp to HIGH.
  • In a small bowl, mix a couple of heaping tbs. of cornstarch with an equal amount of water (or used liquid from the pot).
  • Carefully whisk the cornstarch mixture into the liquid in the crock.
  • Heat and stir occasionally until it thickens, about 10 mins. (If it's not as thick as you like, repeat).
Have a wonderful holiday, but in the meantime, be sure to check out this week's WFMW at We are THAT Family for more great works for me ideas.

You might also like:
Oven Roasted Veggies
Creamy, Cheesy Potato Casserole and Sour-Cream Biscuits
Easy Caramel Chocolate Chip Dreams

7 comments:

  1. I love my crockpot! This recipe sounds great - I may try it with my in-laws for our early Christmas in a couple of weeks. Thanks!

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  2. I love my crockpot too. It's so nice to see someone's whole plan. With just one crockpot recipe, it's hard to figure out how to make it into a whole meal, but seeing your whole menu plan makes it all come together. Thank you.

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  3. Glad to help! My goal was to keep it as traditional as possible...my hubby will NOT go without my homemade stuffing;-) If I get around to it, I'll post some more recipes.

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  4. sounds yummy - we definitely try! thanks!

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  5. Sounds delicious! Must try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Love all of your ideas. I use my crock pot ALL of the time. I would love for you to come post these to Crock Pot Wednesday, my weekly blog event. Come check it out.

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