Side Dishes from the Slow Cooker

Spare the oven and prepare these tasty side dish recipes in a slow cooker.

  • Cornbread Dressing
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

    Cornbread Dressing

    Start with crumbled cornbread and a package of herbed stuffing mix for this traditional cornbread dressing that’s cooked in the slow cooker. Cooking the dressing in the slow cooker frees up oven space for the turkey.
  • Balsamic Root Vegetables
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

    Balsamic Root Vegetables

    Cooking sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots and onions over low heat in a mixture of brown sugar, balsamic vinegar and olive oil creates an unbelievably rich and mellow flavor.
  • Hot-and-Spicy Blackeyed Peas

    Hot-and-Spicy Black-Eyed Peas

    Spice up black-eyed peas with canned Mexican stewed tomatoes, jalapeño pepper, and ground red pepper. Cook in the slow cooker until the peas are tender, and then add the rice.
  • Green Bean Casserole
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    Green Bean Casserole

    Convenience products like canned green beans, canned cream of mushroom soup, presliced mushrooms, and preshredded Cheddar cheese are key ingredients in this speedy side dish. Assemble the recipe in less than 6 minutes and then forget about it for the next 2 1/2 hours.
  • Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping

    Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping

    Start with canned sweet potatoes for a hassle-free casserole that takes less than 15 minutes to assemble. The casserole cooks on the countertop so you have plenty of room in the oven to prepare your main dish.
  • Squash and Cornbread Casserole
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    Squash and Cornbread Casserole

    Dress up traditional squash casserole by adding carrots, corn, and cornbread topping for a favorite Southern side.
  • Extra-Cheesy Macaroni and Cheese
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    Extra-Cheesy Macaroni and Cheese

    Cut out prep time by adding uncooked pasta straight into the slow cooker. All of the ingredients cook together resulting in a creamy, family-favorite side dish.
  • Spicy Sausage Grits
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    Spicy Sausage Grits

    With a spicy blend of sausage, corn, and creamy cheese grits, you can't go wrong serving this great version of a Southern classic for a holiday breakfast or brunch.
  • Toasted Herb Rice
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    Toasted Herb Rice

    Try these three simple steps to easily boost the flavor of this six-ingredient side dish. First, toast the rice to enhance its nutty flavor, second, cook the rice in broth instead of water, and third, add toasted pine nuts before serving for extra crunch.
  • Tiny French Beans with Smoked Sausage
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    Tiny French Beans with Smoked Sausage

    Flageolets are tiny, tender beans that are pale green in color, have a mild flavor, and are popular in French cooking. The combination of the creamy beans, the smokiness of the turkey sausage, and the addition of fresh thyme give this side dish a warm, comforting flavor.
  • Slow-Cooked Collard Greens
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    Slow-Cooked Collard Greens

    Collard greens are the most tender when they're slow cooked in a variety of seasonings. Start the greens in the morning before work so they'll be ready by suppertime. Pair with cornbread and hot pepper sauce for an unforgettable Southern delicacy.
  • Walnut-Stuffed Slow-Cooked Apples
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    Walnut-Stuffed Apples

    Tender apples topped with dried fruit, nuts, and brown sugar-cinnamon glaze double as a sweet side or a healthy dessert. Pair with ham steak and green beans for a simple and flavor-packed meal.
  • Peppered Corn on the Cob
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    Peppered Corn on the Cob

    Corn cobs rubbed with garlic butter and wrapped in bacon are sure to be a hit at your next barbecue.
  • Sweet Pepper Relish
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    Sweet Pepper Relish

    Keep this 4-ingredient side on-hand to dress-up chicken, fish, or beef. This sweet-and-spicy condiment is so versatile that is also works well as a topping for burgers and sandwiches or as an appetizer when served over cream cheese.
  • Candied Yams
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Rose Nguyen

    Candied Yams

    The flavor combination of brown sugar, vanilla, and sweet potatoes are reminiscent of cool-weather holidays. Pair with traditional holiday entrées like ham, turkey, or beef tenderloin.
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