Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and most of us are still thinking about how we are going to cook everything. With the amount of bellies you have to feed, it can become quite the daunting task. Crock pots are here to help you make everything faster, easier, and less time consuming. We can cook tons of meals with a crock pot and best of all, they take minimal time to prepare! Just make sure you have enough time to slow cook it.
So what can we make for our family and friends on Thanksgiving? Well that depends on the tradition of your family and what you would like to focus on the most. Some of us love making Turkey and want to leave casseroles and the stuffing a slow cooker. Other times we might do just the opposite. Today we are going to talk about three crock pot recipes that can replace any dish on a Thanksgiving meal.
1. The Turkey Slow Cooker Recipe
I won’t be mad if Turkey was the first thing that came into your mind. It isn’t an easy task making turkey, especially with all the additional ingredients and supplies you may need. It is one of the most time consuming items on your menu and on top of that, not all families like it that much. My friends liked to replace Turkey with oven baked chicken and steak, which is great!
For those who wish to continue to the turkey tradition, here is a recipe that makes it easy to cook Turkey and allows you to focus your time on other dishes.For those who are not a big fan, you can replace the Turkey with chicken below.
- 5 – 7 lb Bone-in Turkey
- 4 Cloves of Garlic
- 4 Rosemary Sprigs
- 1 Cup of Water
- 1 Tbsp of Brown Sugar
- 1/2 Tsp ground pepper
- 1/4 Tsp Salt
This is an optional step. The day before, put together the seasonings that you love and spread it over the breast. I recommend leaving it for at least 3 or 4 hours. The longer the better!
Combine the water, brown sugar, ground pepper and salt together. Place the Turkey breast into the slow cooker. Lay the rosemary and garlic around the sides. Pour the combined seasoning and water over the top of the Turkey.
Cook for 4-6 hours at low
Serving Size: 12 Servings
2. Stuffing the Slow Cooker
Stuffing is a must have at most thanksgiving dinners, including mine. The only problem is that it also takes a while to cook and prepare. Slow cooking the stuffing makes this that much easier, and leaves you more time to focus on the main dish.
- 1 Cup Chopped Onions
- 1 Cup Chopped Celery
- 1/4 Cup Butter
- 12 Cups of White and Wheat Bread (half and half)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1 tsp sage
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 can reduced sodium chicken broth
- 1 Large Beaten Eggs
- Slowly cook onion and celery with butter in medium heat. This should take a few minutes, wait until the vegetables are tender.
- Take a large bowl and combine the bread cubes, salt, seasoning, pepper and sage. Mix everything together.
- Take the vegetable mixture and combine that into the large bowl. Add in broth and eggs as well into the bread mixture.
- Toss a bit to coat everything
- Put this inside of a slow cooker, line the sides with olive oil or cooking spray.
- Cook on low for 3-4 hours.
Serving Size: 10 Servings
3. Loaded Mash Potatoes
Loaded mashed potatoes is another great dish to serve on this special day! Though this dish may not be as popular, it is staple and a great combination for the cheese and potato lovers out there! Making loaded mash potatoes in a crock pot means that you can focus on other food items on your Thanksgiving dinner menu. Here is everything you need for a successful side dish!
- 9 Medium Potatoes – Peel and Cubed
- 8 Ounces of Cream Cheese
- 1 Cup Sour Cream
- 1/2 Cup Butter – Cubed
- 1/4 Cup 2% Milk
- 1/2 Pound Bacon Strips
- 1-1/2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 1-1/2 Cups Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese
- 4 Green Onions, Thinly Sliced
- 1/2 Teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Put potatoes in a dutch oven, adding water until they are covered. Bring this to a boil and then simmer until potatoes are tender. This can take 10 – 15 minutes.
- Put all other ingredients in a large bowl or pan. Transfer the potatoes and then mash everything together. Cover and refrigerate for a night.
- Transfer to a crock pot and cook on low for 3.5 hours
Serving Size: 10 Servings
I hope you have a great Thanksgiving Dinner and some of these Crock Pot Thanksgiving Recipes make the holiday cooking easier!
Got any other great Crock Pot recipes? Let us know below! Also, be sure to check out our other Thanksgiving menu ideas such as the Indian Thanksgiving Recipes!