Your Crock-Pot is probably one of your favorite go-to kitchen tools. It's so easy -- just toss in some ingredients and come home from a long day to a tasty, warm dinner in a snap! But your Crock-Pot can do so much more than just knock great entrees right out of the park.
Sure, you know it can handle desserts (Crock-Pot brownies anyone?), but did you know that when it comes to sides, the Crock-Pot can take your meal from a one-pot wonder to a veritable three-course culinary tour? I've made myself hungry just thinking about it. Though admittedly, it is lunchtime.
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We've rounded up 10 of our favorite side dishes for the Crock-Pot. They are savory, splendid accompaniments to every meal, and they are good year 'round. Just because it gets a little warmer outside, that's no reason to leave your Crock-Pot on lock-down until the chilly months return. Stay away from the oven with these 10 great sides.
What do you use your Crock-Pot for the most?
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Bacon plus a little bit of booze make this dish a perfect complement to practically every meal!
Make great mashed potatoes without all that work!
Some succulent slow-cooked stuffing? Don't mind if I do.
Buttery deliciousness in cream corn form will truly make your meal.
It might seem strange, but trust us -- your slow cooker will whip up some killer baked potatoes every time.
Is there ever anything better than loads of mac and cheese? We think not.
This flavorful combination of squash and apples pairs brilliantly with stir-fry chicken!
Creamed spinach isn't just for dinner. Wake up to a simmering Crock-Pot full of the stuff and spoon over a fried egg for a balanced, filling, yummy breakfast.
Winter may be leaving us behind, but that doesn't mean we have to ditch potatoes full stop. Crock-Pot scalloped potatoes are a delicious way to transition to lighter sides.
Classic collard greens are totally under-appreciated. Have everyone drooling for more with this recipe.