Slow Cooker Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

Wild Rice with Pecans and Cherries
We know the Thanksgiving menu is really all about the sides! Keep your stove top and oven free for all the other holiday cooking and baking with these Thanksgiving slow cooker side dish recipes. These ideas for slow cooker potatoes, stuffing, soup, Brussels sprouts, and even bread will help make this your easiest Thanksgiving yet.

Green Bean Casserole with French Fried Onions

No list of slow cooker Thanksgiving sides would be complete without the classic green bean casserole you love. Everyone knows the crunchy onions are the best part, so we doubled the deliciousness by stirring some into the casserole and then topping with another whole can.

Acorn Squash with Bacon-Chive Crumbs

A flavorful blend takes boring acorn squash to a whole new level. Toss cut squash slices in a slow cooker with garlic, thyme, apple cider, broth, and brown sugar. Squash can be prepared up to 24 hours in advance then topped with crisp bacon, toasted bread crumbs, and chives the day of. 

Slow Cooker Pumpkin-Blueberry Bread

Pumpkin and blueberries? And bread in a slow cooker? These unusual combinations yield one delicious result. Whip up this moist quick bread and throw it in your slow cooker two to three hours before the big feast. 

Spicy Creamed Corn with Chiles

Green chiles and jalapeno-studded cream cheese kick up the flavor of classic creamed corn. Tone down the heat of this slow cooker corn by using plain cream cheese, or crank it up by serving with fresh jalapenos. Whatever floats your boat!

Buttermilk White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Slow cooker mashed potatoes get a nutritional boost from the addition of cauliflower and a flavor boost from white cheddar cheese, while buttermilk helps keep it all creamy.

Pumpkin-Kale Calico Bean Stew

If you have vegetarian guests coming to Thanksgiving, give them a side that's so filling they won't even notice the entree is turkey. This stew is packed with four types of beans, fiber-rich pumpkin, and tons of savory spices. Prep the dish in the morning, then transfer to a slow cooker so it can stew all day. 

Sage and Bacon Slow Cooker Stuffing

This slow cooker Thanksgiving stuffing recipe gets a sophisticated spin from leeks, chestnuts, and sage. Bacon keeps the recipe appealing to the masses.

Slow Cooker Spiced Pumpkin Butter

You'll want to slather this delicious pumpkin butter on everything in sight. It's made with canned pumpkin, maple syrup, fruit juices, and warm fall spices. Make it a whole week in advance, then keep it in the fridge until the big day. 

How to Make Dry Bread Cubes

The best slow cooker stuffing recipes start with dry bread cubes. Watch how to get "day-old" bread in mere minutes.

Bacon Corn Bread

This bacon-y corn bread recipe seriously satisfies with a sprinkling of whole kernel corn in addition to the cornmeal. And yes, it actually bakes in the slow cooker!

Curried Carrots with Pistachios

Thanksgiving side dishes don't get much easier than these slow cooker carrots. Simply let carrots cook with a bit of onion and stir together a flavorful sauce of chutney and curry powder. Top with a sprinkling of pistachios for contrasting crunch.

Vanilla-Butter Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Syrup

Gone are the boiled and bitter Brussels sprouts of your youth. These slow cooker Brussels sprouts are sweetly flavored with vanilla bean paste and pomegranate syrup, with a topping of bacon and toasted nuts for salty contrast.

Apple-Infused Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallow

We took everything you love about sweet potato casserole and put it in the slow cooker to create these marshmallow-topped mashed sweet potatoes. Oh, and we added some apple cider so there's even more to love.

Apple-Infused Carrots with Bacon

Seven simple ingredients are all you need for these slow cooker carrots brimming with fall flavors. Top with as much (or as little, if that's how you roll) bacon as you deem appropriate.

Slow-Cooked Sourdough Peasant Bread

See how to make this Sourdough Peasant Bread in your slow cooker and keep your oven available for all the other holiday baking. This yeast bread is extra-moist thanks to a bit of yogurt mixed into the dough.

Potato Chip-Topped Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole is all about the crunchy topper. In this slow cooker version, we opted for a topping of salty, crispy potato chips. Once you try it, you may never go back to fried onions.

Ancho-Butternut Squash Gratin

This fresh twist on potatoes au gratin adds butternut squash to the mix. Plus, we added chorizo and ancho chile powder to kick things up a notch.

Turkey and Ciabatta Slow Cooker Stuffing

Just a splash of pear nectar balances the savory flavors of this slow cooker stuffing recipe. Ciabatta also makes a unique twist on the typical bread stuffing.

Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Sometimes a classic is best, but we figured you'd be OK with making these potatoes in the slow cooker to save room on the stove for gravies, sauteed veggies, and more. Prepare this recipe before Thanksgiving guests arrive, then keep it warm on the low setting for up to two hours.

Mushroom Bisque with Dill and Lemon Gremolata

If you like mushrooms, THIS is your soup recipe. A pound and a half of cremini and shiitake mushrooms perfectly complemented by a splash of sherry and creamy creme fraiche make this a side-dish soup all mushroom lovers will devour.

Dilly Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls

Ample fresh dill pumps up the flavor of your usual Thanksgiving dinner rolls. A slather of butter and a brief stop under the broiler provide golden brown color.

Green Bean Casserole with Prosciutto and Almonds

Class up traditional green bean casserole with leeks and prosciutto. Don't worry, it's still a cinch to mix up thanks to canned soup and other pantry staples. Bonus: This version is made in the slow cooker for ultimate ease.

Whole Grain Slow Cooker Stuffing

Make this stuffing your own by choosing your desired ratio of veggies and, if you're feeling it, adding in the optional ham and macadamia nuts. No matter how you tweak it, this slow cooker Thanksgiving stuffing will be a hit.

Slow Cooker Pickled Beets

Make this slow cooker side dish even easier by using purchased beets that have already been trimmed and peeled. Look for them in the refrigerated section of the produce department.

Slow Cooker Corn Bisque

Slow down and savor your Thanksgiving meal one spoonful at a time with help from this slow cooker corn soup featuring corn, potatoes, and other favorite holiday ingredients.

Loaded Creamed Corn

This hearty recipe starts with frozen corn so you can make it any time of year. We adore this slow cooker dish at Thanksgiving, but the tomato and bacon topping makes it perfect for summer potlucks, too.

Orange-Cardamom Slow Cooker Carrots

Orange marmalade adds an unexpected bright, citrusy flavor to slow cooker carrots. Using whole baby carrots with their tops still on gives the side dish a holiday-worthy appearance.

Pistachio-Cranberry Brussels Sprouts Gratin

This Brussels sprouts side dish is an act of balance. Decadence from goat cheese and heavy cream is balanced by bright, tart dried cranberries and orange zest. The tender sprouts are balanced by a crunchy, nutty topper.

Warm Indian Potato Salad

If you're looking for a traditional potato salad, keep going. This potato salad relies on a smattering of Indian spices for loads of flavor and a cool, creamy yogurt-base sauce for irresistible texture.

Chipotle Butternut Squash with Crunchy Topper

We put all the best flavors of fall in one slow cooker to create a Thanksgiving side dish everyone will love. Oh, and we added some brown sugar-coated bacon and pumpkin seeds for good measure.

Indian-Style Roasted Beets and Carrots with Cream

Bet you've never roasted veggies like this. That's right, we put foil packs in the slow cooker to create fork-tender root veggies. A honey-lime dressing with lots of spices makes the veggie side dish even more unique.

Three-Cheese Scalloped Potatoes

A trifecta of cheeses loads this scalloped potato recipe with flavor and crave-worthy creaminess. Sprinkle with fresh parsley or chives for a more festive finish.

Wild Rice with Pecans and Cherries

Your ho-hum wild rice side dish gets a huge punch of flavor from dried tart cherries and crunchy toasted pecans for a new Thanksgiving favorite.

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