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15 Thanksgiving Crock-Pot Recipes to Save the Oven for the Bird


The turkey takes up a lot of room in the oven, which leaves very little space in there for all the sides. Even with a double oven, it can be challenging to get everything on the table hot at the same time. With a little help from a slow cooker (or two?), Thanksgiving becomes much more manageable. We're in awe of all the delicious dishes one can make in there, and all with tons of flavor.

Crock-pots really are the best helpers in the kitchen. They are not just for stews and soups, either. And don't think for one second that a Crock-Pot means everything will turn out mushy and with one-note of taste. These recipes yield some of the most incredible flavors and textures, making them all the perfect accompaniment to the turkey. They are also great for the non-turkey eaters, delivering a lot of veggies. 

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From brussels sprouts and acorn squash to pumpkin, potatoes, and cranberries, all these different slow cooked ideas will give the table variety and seasonal flair. There are also two desserts included too! And when the holidays are this hectic, it is so important to remember to free up time where ever possible -- so hopefully these 15 recipes will help ease the holiday chaos. 

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1No Boil Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

This kid-friendly dish isn't just for a weekday dinner -- it's a Thanksgiving fave for so many. Try the No Boil Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese from Cookies and Cups for a creamy deliciousness the whole family will enjoy. Add peas for a pop of color.


2Slow Cooker Rosemary Acorn Squash

What may seem like an overwhelming side to cook, making Slow Cooker Rosemary Acorn Squash with this recipe from Jenna Braddock's Make Healthy Easy is -- well -- easy! With the addition of rosemary and balsamic vinegar, this acorn squash dish is perfect alongside the turkey.

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3Slow Cooker Collard Greens and Ham Hocks

Add a Southern classic to the Thanksgiving feast with this recipe for Slow-Cooker Collard Greens and Ham Hocks by Southern Living. This flavorful side takes nine hours and can be made ahead and stored in the fridge.


4Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cobbler

Dessert in a crock pot might be the most brilliant thing yet -- and the flavors! Take this incredible Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cobbler recipe from The Gunny Sack. No pie crust to deal with but there's a crunchy top thanks to the brown sugar. Add whipped cream, of course, or drizzle on some caramel sauce.


5Slow Cooker Glazed Root Vegetables

Root veggies are all the rage this season, and this Slow-Cooker Glazed Root Vegetables from Betty Crocker has parsnips, onions, carrots, and sweet potatoes, with thyme and honey. Sweetness, crunchiness, and total goodness in one pot.

6Traditional Crock-Pot Stuffing Recipe

Call it stuffing or dressing, but you can't call it Thanksgiving without this amazing side dish. This Crock-Pot Stuffing recipe is as easy as it is delicious.

7Crock-Pot Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

The brown sugar, the pecans, and all of that warm buttery sweetness can be cooked up perfectly in your slow cooker with this awesome Sweet Potato Casserole recipe.

9Crock-Pot Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Mock it if you will, but this dish is delish. I love this Green Bean Casserole recipe that uses Alfredo sauce instead of the canned soup.

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10Crock-Pot Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Cranberry sauce adds the perfect pop of color and sweetness to the meal. This Crock-Pot Cranberry Sauce recipe is almost as simple as opening a can ... and so much better.

11Slow-Cooker Cheesy Cauliflower

Veggies are a must on your Thanksgiving table -- as long as they aren't boring. And this Slow-Cooker Cheesy Cauliflower does the trick, thanks to its flavorful cheddar topping. No need to worry about under- or overcooking your cauliflower since it comes out perfectly from your Crock-Pot each time.

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13Slow-Cooker Candied Yams

Whoever came up with the brilliant idea of adding brown sugar and vanilla (and, for some of us, marshmallows) to the already-sweet yam deserves a great big hug. And the person who made it even easier to make by giving us this recipe for Slow-Cooker Candied Yams should receive an award right this minute.

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15Slow-Cooker Apple Crumble

Last, but not least: Prepare to dazzle everyone with this amazing Slow-Cooker Apple Crumble. With fresh apples, rich caramel, cinnamon and -- of course -- a dollop of vanilla ice cream on the side, your guests will leave satisfied and dazzled by your baking abilities. Don't you dare tell them you painted your nails while this baby cooked in your Crock-Pot.

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