Save oven space and overall sanity on Thanksgiving day with these easy slow cooker recipes. Our collection of slow cooker side dishes, drinks, appetizers, and desserts takes little preparation and will help you pull together a brilliant holiday meal for a houseful of guests.
Count on slow-cooked scalloped potatoes to please your holiday crowd and free up the oven for other Thanksgiving goodies. Cooked with cream of potato soup and three cheeses, the potatoes skip the bread crumbs and go straight for gooey goodness.
Warm up with a thick and creamy corn chowder straight from your slow cooker. This hands-off soup incorporates reduced-sodium chicken broth, milk, and white wine instead of heavy cream so you don't have to feel guilty indulging in the rest of Thanksgiving's offerings.
Nutty acorn squash gets the sweet-and-savory treatment in this flavorful slow cooker side. After simmering in brown sugar and an apple cider broth, the squash joins a topping of crumbly bacon and crisp bread crumbs.
Thanksgiving Slow Cooker Tip: Prepare the squash slices in this recipe ahead of time to save time on your busy holiday.
Serve guests a double dose of delicious root vegetables with slow-cooked parsnips and carrots. Quick-cooking tapioca helps to thicken the orange-infused sauce that coats the holiday side dish.
Depart from the usual after-dinner drink with a rich, creamy hot chocolate -- with a bit of a kick! The strong flavors of espresso powder, cinnamon, and chipotle chile pepper make this a memorable beverage.
Just place this simple dough in your slow cooker and let it do its thing -- no maintenance required! Add dill, fennel, or dried onion to the sourdough bread for an easy flavor change.
Thanksgiving Recipe Tip: Don't peek! Lifting the lid off the slow cooker while the bread cooks can release heat, increase condensation, and cause uneven baking.
Keep these steamy bourbon sippers bubbling away in your slow cooker so guests can grab a glass on their way to the appetizer table. Add fall flair to the pumpkin drink with a cinnamon swizzle stick and whipped cream topping.
Counter the slight bitterness of Brussels sprouts with a buttery sweet maple reduction. Fresh thyme and red onion give the winter veggie extra oomph.
Bring something new to the table this Thanksgiving with our healthy take on slow cooker stuffing. The wild rice incorporates tart dried cherries and toasted nuts for a simple side that pairs well with any main-dish meat.
Take advantage of in-season apples by pairing the fruit with the convenience of your slow cooker. The bubbly autumn crisp gets its crunch from walnuts and cooks hands-free while you enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.
For a hot 'n' spicy harvest take on stick-to-your-bones chili, ditch the ground beef and reach for canned pumpkin. The fall produce thickens this vegetarian slow cooker stew, which is loaded with four types of beans and in-season kale.
The combined benefits of wheat berries, barley, and wild rice -- three nutritious whole grains -- result in a healthy slow cooker pilaf that pairs well with traditional Thanksgiving turkey. The recipe's red apples, dried cranberries, and sweet potatoes showcase some of the season's most delicious produce.
Tiny new potatoes have a creamy texture with a thin skin, so there's no need to peel them. Give the beloved root vegetable delicate flavor with fresh rosemary and garlic.