Slow Cooker Ham, German Red Cabbage, and Sweet Potato Casserole

For our December meal, I decided to try out a few items of traditional Christmas fare: ham, sweet potato casserole, and German red cabbage. And for dessert, I made chess cake. I wish it were the stuff of traditions for our little families, but we weren’t all that dazzled. It was a fine meal, just not our idea of Christmas indulgence. For a regular meal, however, it was rather good. And making ham in the slow cooker? Who knew ham could be so easy and tasty?


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Slow Cooker Ham

Slow Cooker Ham

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place ham in slow cooker and cut diagonal lines in the top to make a pretty pattern. The cuts will allow the syrup mixture to soak into the ham.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the maple syrup, brown sugar, mustard, and allspice.
  3. Pour mixture over ham, being sure to get the sides as well.
  4. Cook in slow cooker for either 2 hours on high or 4 hours on low (based on a 4-pound ham; vary your cooking times based on the size of the ham). Be sure to occasionally baste the ham with the syrup mixture as it's cooking.
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German Red Cabbage

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 apple, unpeeled and sliced
  • 1 medium red cabbage, shredded
  • 1/3 c sugar
  • 1/3 c white vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Directions:

  1. Coat a dutch oven with cooking spray.
  2. Saute onion and apple until tender.
  3. Mix in cabbage, sugar, vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  4. Cover and cook for about an hour, until tender.




Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients for Casserole:

  • 3 c mashed sweet potatoes, cooledSweet Potatoes
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1/2 c melted butter

Ingredients for Topping:

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 350° F. Grease a 2-quart baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the sweet potatoes with 1 cup of brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, milk, and 1/2 cup of melted butter; mix well.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  4. In another bowl, combine the 1/2 cup of brown sugar, flour, 1/3 cup of melted butter, and the chopped pecans; mix well.
  5. Sprinkle the pecan mixture over the top of the sweet potato mixture.
  6. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the topping has browned.

Sources: Slow Cooker Ham recipe found at The Frugal Girls. German Red Cabbage recipe found at Taste of Home. Sweet Potato Casserole recipe found at About.com.