25 Slow Cooker Recipes to Make Your Easter Dinner Easier
For holidays and feasts, the kitchen is a busy place. With the oven and all stove eyes busy, you can turn to the slow cooker for your Easter dinner. From appetizers to dessert, these slow cooker recipes for Easter fulfill a lot of menu needs. Pick the one that fits your menu, or plan your whole Easter feast around these slow cooker recipes. This countertop appliance will do a lot of work while you hunt for Easter eggs.
Slow Cooker Ham
The feature dish of any Easter feast is often a ham (though there are plenty of Easter main dishes that aren't ham). If the ham occupies your oven, however, you may not be able to finish sides or bake your Easter cakes. Let the slow cooker make this year's Easter ham. This recipe, with more than 1400 reviews, has 4.5 stars, so you know you can trust it for your important holiday dinner.
Easy Cheesy Crawfish Dip
Deviled eggs are classic Easter appetizers, but you can — and should — change things up this year with a slow-cooked cheesy dip. The recipe calls for a bit of cream of mushroom soup, but reviewer Soup Loving Nicole says you don't even need it. The cheese is so rich and creamy you'll never miss it.
Slow Cooker Roasted Leg of Lamb
Red wine and honey blunt the sharp edge of Dijon mustard and garlic cloves and form a thick paste that coats the outside of the bone-in leg of lamb. While the lamb cooks to tender and moist, the paste infuses the meat, which tends to have a bit of a gamey test compared to poultry or red meat, to create unforgettable flavor.
Corn Spoon Bread
Serve these tender, juicy mushrooms as an appetizer or a side dish. Either way, they'll be snatched up in a hurry. "These are absolutely fantastic and they freeze well too," writes reviewer bcbsr123.
Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Garlic lovers, this Easter side dish is for you. Use fresh minced garlic if you have it for a slightly more mellow, sweet flavor compared to the dried garlic powder.
Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole
Save oven space and make this necessary Easter side dish in the slow cooker. It only needs five hours of cooking time, so you can start this at breakfast for lunch, or at lunch for dinner. Just be sure to leave the top off the slow cooker once you add the French-fried onions so they don't turn sad and soggy.
Bread Pudding in the Slow Cooker
Keep your focus on the main dish and sides, and let the slow cooker handle dessert. This slow-cooked bread pudding captures all the creamy, luscious tenderness you expect from a bread pudding, but it's hands off for three hours so you can focus on setting the table and the finishing touches. Serve with a scoop of ice cream or homemade whipped cream for an extra special treat.
Sweet Slow Cooker Ham
Slow Cooker Cheesy Potatoes
This potato side dish is reminiscent of Cracker Barrel's famous version, but it's made easier with the slow cooker and just four ingredients. If you're serving a big crowd, you may want to double. This is going to be a hit. Reviewers suggest you can't go wrong with adding even more cheese.
Baked Slow Cooker Chicken
Golden brown chicken without the heat of an oven? It can be done, as this slow-cooked whole chicken proves. It requires 10 hours and a large slow cooker, but this juicy, moist, tender chicken will be a welcome addition to your Easter feast. And any leftovers can be used in these comforting dinners that use rotisserie chicken.
Slow Cooker Creamed Corn
Five ingredients (salt and pepper don't count) and a few hours in the slow cooker is all it takes for this family-favorite side dish. "I have to give credit where credit is due. I have tried many recipes from this sight and I will have to say that this one is [probably] my favorite so far," writes reviewer ADDICTEDTORECIPES.
Slow Cooker Lamb Chops
Red wine, honey, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, garlic, and a host of herbs cook low and slow to release flavors and infuse lamb chops. These stronger flavors might seem like they'd compete, but the lamb's natural gaminess can take the robust flavors.
Tangy Slow Cooker Pork Roast
This slow cooker pork roast recipe doesn't call for potatoes and carrots, but as ReadMyLips26 shows in their photo, you certainly can make a whole meal with this one appliance. In fact, reviewer _C_ explains just how they did that: "I put potatoes in the bottom covered by an onion the roast over that and filled in the sides of the slow cooker with baby carrots."
Whether you serve this chowder as an appetizer or the main dish, this is one impressive slow cooker meal. "It is one of the best chowders I've had, and my kids love it too! We top with bacon bits and a few shakes of hot sauce for a little spice," writes recipe creator AMYTHE.
Triple Coconut Cake
Coconut oil, coconut milk, and coconut flakes are the coconut trifecta for this slow cooker cake. The combination of the coconut oil and milk helps prevent the cake from drying out while it cooks through. Start checking your cake's doneness after the first hour. Give it a bit more time if it's not quite done at the 1.5-hour mark. Each slow cooker cooks differently.
Helen's Slow Cooker Potatoes
These slow-cooked potatoes are akin to scalloped potatoes, but just a bit different. Instead of creating a white sauce or bechamel sauce, this recipe uses American cheese, a can of condensed cream of celery soup, and milk to create a rich, ooey-gooey sauce for tender potatoes.
Slow Cooker Ham with Pineapple
"This ham was a big hit at an Easter party a few years back. I got the recipe and have been making it ever since," wrote recipe creator DeeAnn about this easy three-ingredient slow cooker ham recipe. You can slice up the ham before cooking, if you wish, but keeping the ham whole may prevent the meat from turning a darker shade because of the cola.
Honey-Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs
The combination of honey and garlic is a no-fail choice. Here, it's used to add layers of flavor to inexpensive chicken thighs. The crust of flavor is strong but not overwhelming. It would pair well with oven-roasted vegetables and a creamy green bean casserole.
Havana Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin
Your guests will be surprised just how much flavor a pork tenderloin can pick up during time in a slow cooker, but high-impact ingredients like orange juice, red wine vinegar, cumin, and lemon peel infuse the protein with a bit of Caribbean flair.
Spiced Slow Cooker Applesauce
Instead of a congealed salad or Jell-O fruit mold, turn to your slow cooker to make this fruit side for your Easter lunch or dinner. You only need three ingredients, plus water, and any leftovers will make great additions to lunchboxes throughout the week.
Slow Cooker Lamb Stew
Stew may not be the most iconic Easter dinner recipe, but there's nothing about this filling, comforting stew that wouldn't be welcome as the holiday table. Cubed lamb stew meat cooks until tender with potatoes, carrots, and peas. Serve with a chive-flecked roll for an incredibly cozy Easter meal.
Slow Cooker Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole
Instead of loaded potatoes, turn to this lower-carb alternative for Easter this year. A can of cream of chicken soup provides lots of creaminess and texture, and with toppings like bacon, cheddar cheese, and scallion, this is one side that will be sure to please everyone at the table.
Warm Berry Compote
The great part of this recipe is how special it feels without requiring a lot of work. Frozen berries combine with sugar and citrus zest and juice for a tart-sweet topping for frozen yogurt or ice cream. Got leftovers? Use them with oatmeal at breakfast.
Mediterranean Fish Soup
This tomato-based fish soup has both shrimp and cod, but it's not necessarily robust enough to be the main course. Use it as an appetizer, or add more fish to make it the centerpiece of your Easter dinner.