Most of use our crockpot to cook one or two dishes for Thanksgiving. But did you know that you can cook almost an entire Thanksgiving dinner in the crockpot? And it doesn't have to be an alternative Thanksgiving menu.
Think of your crockpot as a kitchen assistant. Side dishes, desserts, and main dishes can be assembled, then you just forget about them until it's time to eat. It's like having a couple of sous chefs on hand.
Mix and match these recipes, and be sure to add a few fresh... items. Crisp Green Salads and sweet Fruit Salads not only vary temperature and texture, but color and flavor on your holiday plate.
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Cranberries and dry onion soup mix add fabulous flavor to turkey breast in this simple recipe. You start with a frozen turkey breast, and you can choose bone-in or boneless. It's an easy way to make up to six servings of succulent turkey.
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If you cook a turkey breast in the crockpot, you can use the drippings to make gravy. Remove the turkey and heat up some chicken broth (or turkey broth you've made by simmering turkey wings or giblets and onions in water) in a large saucepan. Pour about 1/2 cup into the crockpot, using a spatula to remove browned bits from the sides and bottom. Pour everything into the saucepan, skim fat if necessary (there won't be much) and add chicken broth or turkey broth to equal about 5 cups.... Finally, add a flour slurry as directed in My Mother's Turkey Gravy, boil, and salt to taste.
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If you're cooking for a crowd, making extra stuffing in the crockpot is a great way please everyone.This traditional stuffing recipe cooks perfectly in your crockpot and will serve 12. If you're roasting the big bird in the oven, you can start this in the crockpot and everything will be ready by dinner time.
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You've probably realized you can cook and mash potatoes the usual way and then keep them hot in the crockpot on Thanksgiving. But this recipe keeps all of the steps in the slow cooker itself. You don't even have to peel the potatoes if you like a more rustic dish. That means a lot less mess and fewer steps, and your family will love the result.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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This updated version of the classic casserole uses Alfredo sauce instead of cream of mushroom soup. But you could use the soup if you'd like.
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Sweet potatoes are another side dish that is easy to make in the slow cooker. Just peel, slice, and cook with your favorite additions. This peachy recipe uses pie filling or preserves, and you can add onion for another layer of flavor.Try it with a sprinkle of granola on top to add some crunch.
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If you'd like a break from potatoes, wild rice pilaf is a great alternative. You can play with adding different vegetables. Give it a try this holiday season. It pairs very well with turkey and the rest of the feast.
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You can roast any hard root vegetables you love in the crockpot to serve as classic sides with the feast. Carrots, potatoes, turnips, rutabagas, or sweet potatoes will be ready when the turkey is.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Keep the crowd happy while the rest of dinner cooks with this easy hot dip. It's perfect with crackers, carrot sticks, or celery sticks. Plus, it's a vegetable serving, right? Or, you can make Crockpot Crab Dip. You can make a smaller batch of a hot dip in a mini-crockpot if your main crockpot is tied up cooking other dishes.
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Here's a fun pie alternative, especially if you have guests who must eat gluten-free. Cook the pumpkin pie pudding in your crockpot. You can serve it decorated with pie crust cutouts baked in your oven. Or, top it with crushed nuts.