Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Recipes

Caramelized Onion-and-Cranberry Cheese Toasts
Slow cooker Thanksgiving recipes are here to save oven space and sanity on Thanksgiving day! You may think of your slow cooker for family meals, but with slow cooker stuffing, slow cooker stews, slow cooker vegetables, slow cooker breads, and even slow cooker pumpkin desserts, you can pull together a brilliant holiday meal for a houseful of guests with this collection of Thanksgiving slow cooker recipes.

Slow Cooker Swiss Chard and Sausage Stuffing

Get a load of this slow cooker Thanksgiving stuffing! Salty sausage, bitter chard, and the usual stuffing recipe ingredients will fill your house with a mouthwatering aroma.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie

We’re grateful for homemade Thanksgiving desserts that don’t take space in the oven—like this slow cooker pumpkin pie. The traditional pastry combines mouthwatering flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon, and ginger for a beloved family dessert.

Slow Cooker Corn on the Cob

If you want pilgrim-perfect Thanksgiving corn on the cob, rely on the slow cooker. This harvest vegetable is a flavorful side dish when served with a pat of butter and lightly topped with herbs.

Three-Cheese Scalloped Potatoes

Count on slow cooker 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. These may just be our favorite slow cooker vegetable ever.

 

Dilly Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls

Make these dilly rolls as a slow cooker Thanksgiving complement to your meal, and prove to everyone that yes—you can make rolls in the slow cooker!

Pumpkin-Pomegranate Cheesecake

When it comes to slow cooker desserts, dish up one the entire family can agree on with a cheesecake-pumpkin pie hybrid. Tart pomegranate juice and seeds give the slow cooker sweet a colorful finish.

 

Brown Sugar-Pecan Mashed Sweet Potatoes

If there are no sweet potatoes, is it even a Thanksgiving meal? We don't think so. We converted classic sweet potatoes to a slow cooker Thanksgiving recipe to make life easier and ensure that sweet potatoes are on the table.

Corn Chowder

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.

 

Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes

You can't beat the classics. Cook potatoes in your slow cooker with chicken broth, garlic, and a bay leaf for flavor, then blend with whole milk for the quintessential Thanksgiving comfort food.

Nutty Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Combine yellow cake mix, canned pumpkin, and evaporated milk for this rich fall slow cooker dessert. Top with a spoonful of whipped topping and a dash of cinnamon for a pretty presentation.

Orange-Glazed Carrots and Parsnips

Serve guests a double dose of delicious root vegetables with slow-cooked parsnips and carrots. Quick-cooking tapioca thickens the orange-infused sauce that coats the holiday side dish.

 

Aztec Hot Chocolate

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 and one of our top slow cooker drinks.

Sourdough Peasant Bread

Just place this simple dough in your slow cooker, then 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.

 

Slow Cooker Chestnut-Bacon Stuffing

Put away that old stuffing recipe! Here's the slow cooker stuffing you'll want to make this Thanksgiving. Mushrooms, leeks, bacon, chestnuts—and did we mention bacon?—combine for a recipe that will become your new go-to.

Cinnamon-Pumpkin Toddy

Slow cooker drinks are perfect for large gatherings. 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.

 

Acorn Squash with Bacon-Chive Crumbs

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 is topped with crumbly bacon and crisp bread crumbs.

Thanksgiving Slow Cooker Tip: Prepare the squash slices ahead of time to save time on your busy holiday.

 

Pumpernickel-Cherry Stuffing

Keep stuffing moist, fluffy, and flavorful with low, slow heat from your slow cooker. This slow cooker stuffing uses two types of bread cubes plus three types of fall fruit for an irresistible harvest side dish.

 

 

Cider-Maple Brussels Sprouts

Counter the bitterness of Brussels sprouts with a buttery sweet maple reduction to create slow cooker vegetables everyone will love. Fresh thyme and red onion give the winter veggie extra oomph.

 

Buttermilk White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Say hello to one of the easiest slow cooker vegetables (and most-loved Thanksgiving side dishes) you'll meet. Classic mashed potatoes get jazzed up with buttermilk and white cheddar cheese in the slow cooker to make an irresistible dish.

Wild Rice with Pecans and Cherries

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.

 

Pumpkin-Kale Calico Bean Stew

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.

 

Orange-Sage Sweet Potatoes with Bacon

Orange juice concentrate infuses tender sweet potatoes with extra sauce. Brown sugar adds a hint of sweetness, while crunchy bacon brings a touch of saltiness.

Post-Thanksgiving Pot Pie

Show some leftover love to your Thanksgiving turkey, green beans, and corn. The lean poultry and veggies make a cozy post-Thanksgiving pot pie when combined with yesterday's dinner rolls and turkey gravy.

 

Pumpkin-Cranberry Bread

Canned pumpkin isn't just for pie. Use the holiday favorite in this slow cooker pumpkin bread recipe that's studded with fresh cranberries and toasted pecans.

 

Fruited Multigrain Pilaf

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.

 

Crock-Roasted New Potatoes

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.

 

Mulled Cranberry Punch

A spice bag filled with cinnamon, cloves, and allspice steeps in simple cocktail juices for a delicious Thanksgiving drink. Use a vegetable peeler to easily remove orange peel for the drink.

Caramelized Onion and Cranberry Cheese Toasts

Prep for guests the night before with this simple slow cooker appetizer. Sweet onions, apples, and cranberries infuse the tiny toasts with rich fall flavor.

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