Forget about juggling bake times and wedging casseroles around a 20-pound turkey in a tiny oven. Using your slow cooker is the secret to an easy Thanksgiving dinner.
For some people, Thanksgiving dinner is all about the side dishes: stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, everything delicious that can pile your plate high when you go back for seconds. Here are several delicious slow-cooker side dishes that help make planning Thanksgiving meals simple. These are new twists on classic side dish recipes, including Cornbread Dressing, Slow-Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Bacon, and Green Bean Casserole and Cranberry Sauce. We’ve even updated one of our favorite Southern side dish recipes, Candied Yams, so this Thanksgiving delight can be made in a slow cooker. So settle in with your family for a meal, and plan your Thanksgiving around these mouthwatering slow-cooker side dishes.
Slow-Cooker Green Beans
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Green Beans
Free up stove-top space with this easy green beans recipe.
Slow-Cooker Collard Greens with Ham Hocks
Using prewashed and chopped greens help to make this dish convenient and ideal for cooking during the holidays
Slow-Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Bacon
Sweet potatoes are often a part of Thanksgiving, and this recipe gives you a new twist on that classic flavor. Orange juice gives this dish a little sweetness, while pieces of crumbled bacon will give you something to savor, and rosemary will give it an aroma all its own. Delicious together, this sweet-and-salty side could not be easier to prep on Thanksgiving morning. Best part? It's made in the slow cooker, so you're saving valuable stovetop space. When you’re ready to serve it, sprinkle a mixture of parsley, orange zest, and garlic over the top: you’ll get just the right amount of herbs, spice, and bite in every mouthful.
Balsamic Root Vegetables
Recipe: Balsamic Root Vegetables
For a delicious twist, top with a sprinkling of cooked and crumbled bacon just before serving.
Recipe: Cornbread Dressing
Enjoying a fantastic cornbread dressing doesn’t have to mean checking your oven to see if your dish is ready. If you want to walk into your kitchen and enjoy the aroma of freshly made cornbread dressing without the fuss, you will love our slow-cooker countertop recipe. This recipe cooks slow and low, letting all the savory flavors combine. The cornbread dressing is sweet with onions and rich with butter. We are sure you will love the scent of freshly chopped sage. For a finishing touch, spoon this deliciously warm dressing into pretty bowls, and you can delight in every mouthwatering bite.
Green Bean Casserole and Cranberry Sauce
Wild Rice Pilaf
Recipe: Wild Rice Pilaf
Wild rice has a bold, earthy, nutty taste, and a rich, fragrant aroma. Combining it with brown rice creates a delicious combination that is simmered to perfection gently in a slow cooker. Lightly coating the rice with butter or oil before adding the chicken broth prevents the grains from sticking together. Less liquid is used during slow cooking because it doesn’t evaporate as quickly as when cooking rice on the stovetop. The chicken broth will add a delicious flavor to the rice as it cooks, sweetened by the onion and the dried cherries. You will love the added texture and flavor of the lightly toasted pecans. Enjoy!
Uncle Jack's Mac-and-Cheese
Recipe: Uncle Jack's Mac-and-Cheese
Your Thanksgiving meal won't be complete without a warm pot of homemade mac-and-cheese.
Easy-Does-It Mashed Sweet Potatoes
You can use the same procedure for your favorite mashed potato recipe with white potatoes.
Take Your Slow-Cooker
If you’re taking a slow-cooker dish to grandmother’s house, you may want to invest in a model that features a lock top and insulated carrying case. Or you can attach heavy-duty rubber bands around the handles and lid and then wrap the slow cooker in towels or newspaper.
Still looking for a recipe to take to Thanksgiving dinner? Check out Simply Spectacular Thanksgiving Sides for more ideas.