Are you an avid cook who loves making a home cooked meal on Thanksgiving but, for the first time, you’re so absolutely swamped this year that you just can’t sacrifice the time to stay home and prepare the whole meal the traditional way like you normally would? We’ve run into that problem ourselves, so we’re option to take care of a few dishes using our crock pots and slow cookers instead of just our singular oven and stove! This way, we can have more things cooking at once in order to make better use of our limited time. That’s why we’ve been on the lookout for all kinds of awesome crock pot recipe options these last few weeks!
If you’re feeling just as intrigued as we are, if not more, about the idea of making a few simple crock pot dishes this Thanksgiving, then check out these 15 delicious and easy recipes, flavour combinations, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance.
1. Crockpot turkey breast
Being the centre of most people’s family meal, the turkey is a pretty important part of Thanksgiving! It’s also quite possibly the thing that takes the longest to cook, meaning everything else that would use the oven has to be planned around it. That’s why we thought this recipe from Together As Family for cooking the turkey in a slow cooker so your oven can be used for other things was such a good idea! The meat turns out just as delicious and tender as the more traditional way.
2. Crockpot green bean casserole
If there’s anything we love to get creative with around Thanksgiving, it’s a casserole. They just made such fantastic side dishes and we also find that they’re a great way to get people trying new things that they might not otherwise choose to eat if they were just prepared normally! Casseroles also make great crock pot recipes. This creamy crock pot green bean casserole featured on Moms With Crockpots is the perfect example of what we mean!
3. Slow cooker apple pecan sweet potato casserole
Have we actually really caught your attention with this whole idea of making some kind of crock pot casserole but you’re just not sure that green beans are quite the direction you want to take things in? Then maybe you’d get along a little better with another vegetable! We tried this recipe from Redefined Mom for slow cooker apple pecan sweet potato casserole and it was so good that we’re making it again this year as well.
4. Slow cooker mashed potatoes
The turkey isn’t the only traditional Thanksgiving staple that you can just as easily (and just as deliciously) prepare in a crock pot rather than on the stove in order to free up a little space for other things! Believe it or not, mashed potatoes actually make a great slow cooker dish as well. Take a better look at this tutorial from Creme de la Crumb to see how easily they can be made with the same classic fluffy texture you love.