Spare the oven and prepare these tasty side dish recipes in a slow cooker.
Cornbread DressingStart 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 VegetablesCooking 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 Black-Eyed PeasSpice 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 CasseroleConvenience 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 ToppingStart 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 CasseroleDress up traditional squash casserole by adding carrots, corn, and cornbread topping for a favorite Southern side.
Extra-Cheesy Macaroni and CheeseCut 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 GritsWith 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 RiceTry 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 SausageFlageolets 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 GreensCollard 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 ApplesTender 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 CobCorn cobs rubbed with garlic butter and wrapped in bacon are sure to be a hit at your next barbecue.
Sweet Pepper RelishKeep 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 YamsThe 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.