Work smarter, not harder, this Thanksgiving by relying on one of our favorite kitchen gadgets: the slow cooker! Your corn pudding or mashed potatoes bubble away inside, freeing up the stove top and oven! Plus, your food stays warm inside until the meal is over. Find a few of our favorite recipes, plus our top slow cooker picks below!
This indulgent sweet potato casserole from Show Me the Yummy is dangerously delicious. It’s the perfect dish to keep warm in the slow cooker throughout the entire evening. The pecan topping adds some nice sweetness and crunch.
The slow cooker cornbread from Fuss Free Flavours is a unique alternative to rolls on your Thanksgiving table. It’s easy to make ahead of time so you can free up your slow cooker for the next side dish!
Properly cooked collard greens can be time consuming and labor intensive (who has time for all of that stirring?!). These collard greens from Southern Living are cooked with ham hocks in your slow cooker while you focus on something else. Because perfection takes time, be sure to start the collard greens in the morning or we suggest making them the day before!
It’s always easy to grab a couple cans of cranberry sauce and call it a day. However, this slow cooker method from New York Times is much more deserving of a spot on your Thanksgiving table. Just 5 ingredients, this cranberry sauce is bursting with fresh orange zest and a splash of good port. Even better, it’s great on all those T-day leftovers, so you can enjoy the entire week.
You’ll definitely want to try this incredibly easy corn from Damn Delicious! Toss everything in the slow cooker and you don’t have to think about it until it’s time to enjoy. This is the epitome of comfort food without the mess.
In this Goodtaste original recipe, the potatoes cook low and slow in the milk, cream and aromatics until the potatoes are super tender and have absorbed the flavor of the cooking liquid. Mash them right in the slow cooker or use a potato ricer for a smoother texture.
Change up your Thanksgiving stuffing this year and try this sweet and savory stuffing from The Creative Bite that brings an extra element to the Thanksgiving table. Stuffing is that dish that you typically only have at Thanksgiving so why not make it extra flavorful? We love the mix of leeks, cranberries and pecans.
This low maintenance approach to pecan pie is a new holiday must! This recipe from Spicy Southern Kitchen has the complex sweetness and nutty bite that we love about pecan pie, while ditching the mess. When serving, it is easiest to allow the pie to cool completely for an easier cut. Serve with vanilla ice cream or hot coffee to round out the evening—it’s so good you might need to have a slice for breakfast as well.
Our slow cooker is one of our most-used pieces of equipment! Here are our picks for every budget: