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Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Sides

Thanksgiving sides, all made in a slow cooker! Time saving and delicious recipes for side dishes that will give you one more thing to be grateful for this Thanksgiving!

Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole \\

There’s a few things in life I am grateful for, and since this is the week of Thanksgiving, we should probably talk about them. I can think of three things in particular – my two small crock-pots and my one large one. There’s not much you can’t take on in a kitchen with three crock-pots running on high. So, when Pillsbury sent me an e-mail saying they could streamline some Thanksgiving sides by making them in the crock-pot, I rewrote this week’s menu of posts, and ran to the grocery store.

But does making any of the classic Thanksgiving sides in a slow cooker really cut down on any of the prep time, stress, or hassle?

At first I figured, keep it simple and go with those Pillsbury recipes. Lord knows, that little doughboy gets it right sometimes. But ultimately, I decided that if this is going to be true experiment to make your Thanksgiving better, I should stick with the experts. To America’s Test Kitchen, Slow Cooker Revolution it was. And darned if they didn’t have exactly the recipes I was looking for.

Keeping with the classics, I stuck with green bean casserole and mashed potatoes. What Thanksgiving spread is complete without them? I’ll be honest though… 30 min. of prep to get the crock-pot going, then to cook for another four hours, doesn’t seem like streamlining to me. And then there’s a footnote stating that the recipe for green bean casserole does not keep well on warm, so you can’t even make it ahead of time and let it sit until company arrives.

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Now as for the mashed potatoes, the prep work was pretty quick, but not unlike traditional mashed potatoes. Slice, cover with water, and let it hang out until mashable.

But hey, these Thanksgiving sides are still delicious!

Recipes for Thanksgiving Sides for a Slow Cooker \\

 Thanksgiving sides don’t get more classic than green bean casserole!

Both dishes turned out fantastically. I am not sure either streamlined or would make your Thanksgiving preparation any easier, but it certainly is a way to mix up the traditional this year.



Tuesday 5th of December 2017

These potatoes sound delicious! What are your thoughts on making this the night before, and heating them up before a potluck? Would chilling them in the fridge overnight change the flavor or consistency?


Tuesday 5th of December 2017

Hi Emily, I don't see why these couldn't be made ahead of time. I think you may need to add a bit of liquid (milk or more butter), if they start to dry out - but otherwise - go for it! I reheat mashed potatoes all the time.


Wednesday 23rd of November 2011

Kita, the potatoes are delicious! I did add some onion powder to them once mashed but that is a personal preference. I can't wait to serve them tomorrow. I've made slow cooker mashed potatoes before but never cooked the potatoes themselves in the slow-cooker. This is a brilliant idea. Thanks again and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Dionne Baldwin

Wednesday 23rd of November 2011

I don't use my slow cooker enough and I wish I knew why that is? The mashed potatoes especially! Who knows what I would end up with. When something is cooking in the slow cooker, people tend to add spices and suggestions so we always get an altered version of what was intended. :) It's always good though! Thank goodness for basic spice knowledge! Now would you turn around so I can sneak that butter off the top of your potatoes? :) YUM!

Foodness Gracious

Wednesday 23rd of November 2011

Oh yeah, mash with loads of butter is making me excited for Thursday! Good post :)

Kim Bee

Tuesday 22nd of November 2011

This is fantastic Kita. Love both the recipes. I love buttermilk in my mashed potatoes. Yours look so fluffy and moist. I'd just want to eat those and forget the turkey. The casserole is also delicious. The picture of it dripping down the side is killer.