Thanksgiving in a Slow Cooker

Cook your entire Thanksgiving meal using slow cookers - or just one or two dishes. No oven required – only counter space.

  • A Slow Cooker Thanksgiving
    Lee Harrelson

    A Slow Cooker Thanksgiving

    Slow cookers can be a chef's best friend when preparing the big Thanksgiving meal.  Gather up an army of slow cookers and put them to work on your Thanksgiving menu, or better yet, ask friends and family to prepare these easy dishes at home and bring them to the feast.

  • Hot Mulled Ginger-Spiced Cider

    Hot Mulled Ginger-Spiced Cider

    Serve your guests a cup of simmering cider as everyone gathers for the big feast. The slow cooker will keep it warm throughout the meal.
  • Grandma Dean's Chicken and Dressing
    Jim Bathie

    Grandma Dean's Chicken and Dressing

    This easy recipe calls for rotisserie chicken, but you can use roasted turkey if you just can't make it though Thanksgiving without the traditional bird.
  • Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping

    Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping

    Spiced sweet potatoes topped with sweetened pecans is a must for any holiday feast and can serve as either side dish or dessert.
  • Green Bean Casserole
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Green Bean Casserole

    The addition of cheese and mushrooms to the usual green bean casserole adds both flavor and extra creaminess. You may never cook green bean casserole in the oven again.
  • Squash and Cornbread Casserole
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Squash and Cornbread Casserole

    Dress up traditional squash casserole with cornbread and a few veggies for a hearty Thanksgiving side dish that's perfect for the slow cooker.
  • Steamed Brown Bread with Currants and Walnuts
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Steamed Brown Bread with Currants and Walnuts

    Skip the dinner rolls, stay true to your slow cooker theme, and bake the bread in a slow cooker too! This moist dark bread is sweetened with molasses and dried currants and calls for whole wheat flour and cornmeal in addition to all-purpose flour.
  • Walnut-Stuffed Slow-Cooked Apples
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Walnut-Stuffed Slow-Cooked Apples

    Nothing says "autumn" like the fragrance and flavor of cooked apples, especially when they're filled with a mixture of sweetened currants and walnuts and spiced with cinnamon.
  • Mocha Pudding Cake
    Jim Bathie

    Mocha Pudding Cake

    Ooey, gooey, warm chocolate is all you need to say about this decadent dessert. Be sure to use a 3-quart slow cooker or it will be overcooked at 2 hours.
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