Almost this entire menu cooks in your crockpot, so not only do you get perfect results for your dinner party, but the time you have to spend in the kitchen is greatly reduced. You will need a couple of larger slow cookers, plus one small one for the dessert, so unless you have multiple crockpots you might want to start asking to borrow a few.
The centerpiece of this menu is Rouladen, a tender and flavorful beef recipe full of wonderful stuffing that is smoky, spicy, and slightly sweet.
Baby carrots cook right along with the meat so they absorb that flavor and are creamy and tender. Scalloped crockpot potatoes are the perfect mild side dish for this German entree, complementing each other perfectly. And fresh strawberry spinach salad is the perfect cool complement to the rich main dish and side dish. Two desserts are always a nice idea for a holiday meal—your guests can nibble on the cookies, or dip into the chocolate fondue from time to time while they are drinking an after-dinner coffee or cocktail.
This classic German dish is perfect for the holidays. Imagine coming home to the aroma! Pieces of round steak are flattened, then filled with a mixture of bacon, onions, and dill pickles. The bundle is rolled up, tied, and cooked in the crockpot for six to seven hours until meltingly tender. Baby carrots cook right along with the meat, adding another vegetable to your menu without adding any more work.
Potatoes, along with butter, flour, milk, and cheese, make this side dish super easy—and it's got fabulous flavor and texture too. Scalloped potatoes are considered somewhat of a fancy side dish—no one will believe you made them in your slow cooker!
No, this salad isn't made in the crockpot (are there any?), but it's quick and easy and delicious, too.
You can usually find really good strawberries at the market this time of year, and baby spinach is available year round. The salad's freshness is complemented by the sweet and tangy dressing (which includes a bit of cinnamon). Plus, the red and green color combination is perfect for the Christmas table.
This delicious chocolate sauce can cook in your crockpot while you're eating dinner. Then dive in, using fruits, cookies, and cubes of cake for dipping. This recipe calls for three different kinds of chocolate but you can use just one if you like. Serve the fondue right in the crockpot, or you can transfer it to a fondue pot.
What is the perfect Christmas dinner dessert? Christmas cookies, of course! These sugar cookies can be decorated for the holidays or left plain (to dip into the fondue!). Make a big batch of dough ahead of time and freeze the extra to use throughout the holiday season. Set aside a day before Christmas dinner to have the kids help decorate the cookies.