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?
- Fully cooked ham (boneless and of a size that will fit in your slow cooker)
- 1 c pure maple syrup
- 1/2 c brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp dijon honey mustard
- 1 tsp allspice
- 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.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the maple syrup, brown sugar, mustard, and allspice.
- Pour mixture over ham, being sure to get the sides as well.
- 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.
German Red Cabbage
- 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
- Coat a dutch oven with cooking spray.
- Saute onion and apple until tender.
- Mix in cabbage, sugar, vinegar, salt, and pepper.
- Cover and cook for about an hour, until tender.
Sweet Potato Casserole
Ingredients for Casserole:
- 3 c mashed sweet potatoes, cooled
- 1 c brown sugar
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 c milk
- 1/2 c melted butter
Ingredients for Topping:
- Heat the oven to 350° F. Grease a 2-quart baking dish.
- 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.
- Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
- In another bowl, combine the 1/2 cup of brown sugar, flour, 1/3 cup of melted butter, and the chopped pecans; mix well.
- Sprinkle the pecan mixture over the top of the sweet potato mixture.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the topping has browned.