One-Pot Thanksgiving Dinner Recipe for Your Easiest Holiday Yet (PHOTOS)

Adriana Velez | Nov 5, 2014 Food & Party

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As much as we love the glorious smorgasbord of a traditional Thanksgiving feast, there are times when we need to scale back -- wayyy back! It's so much work and so much mess. What if you could cook the whole shebang in one pot, all at once? Well, you can! We're going to show you how to cook an entire Thanksgiving dinner in a Crock-Pot. This is the easiest feast you'll ever make.

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  • One-Pot Thanksgiving Dinner Ingredients


    Here's what you'll need:

    1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, cubed

    1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless turkey breast or loin

    3/4 cup chicken broth

    1 1/2 cups stuffing mix

    1/2 cup cranberries

    1/4 cup sugar

    Butter to taste

    Poultry herbs: Rosemary, thyme, sage

  • Layer 1: Sweet Potatoes


    Start by spreading the sweet potatoes at the bottom of the slow cooker. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place a few herbs on top.

  • Layer 2: Turkey


    Sprinkle turkey with salt and pepper and place over sweet potatoes. Cover with more herbs.

  • Add Chicken Broth & Cook


    Pour 3/4 cup chicken broth over ingredients and cook on high for about 1 1/2 hours.

  • Add Stuffing


    After 1 1/2 hours, remove turkey and set aside. Push sweet potatoes up to sides to create a well. Fill well with stuffing. Add a few pats of butter, if you like.

    Note: You can use store-bought stuffing. I made my own with breadcrumbs, butter, sage, and pecans.

  • Replace Turkey


    Place turkey back on top of sweet potatoes and stuffing. Pour just a tiny bit of stock over the turkey.

  • Top With Bag of Cranberries


    In a sandwich bag, combine cranberries with sugar and just a tablespoon or so of water. Close bag but leave a tiny bit unsealed to allow air to escape. Place on top of turkey.

  • Cook for Another Hour


    Return lid and cook on high for another hour.

  • Let Rest & Make Cranberry Sauce


    At this point your cranberries may have burst and dissolved into a jam. If not, pour the contents of the bag into a small saucepan and simmer on the stovetop for a couple minutes until you have a jammy sauce. Meanwhile, turn off the Crock-Pot and let the ingredients rest before serving.

  • Enjoy!


    Divide into servings and enjoy your easy Thanksgiving dinner!

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