6 Seasonal Thanksgiving Sides You Can Make in a Slow Cooker

Juggling all the details on a Thanksgiving menu can be a logistical nightmare. Put everyone’s favorite time-saving appliance to work instead.

1

Cranberry and Plum Relish With Port

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Most of the plums in this rich, complex relish will break down to a jammy consistency. The remaining fruit should be soft, but still intact when cooking is complete. For a slight kick, add a pinch of crushed red chili flakes. The spice combined with the acidity of the fruit helps cut through the richness of the rest of the Thanksgiving meal.

Get the recipe: Cranberry and Plum Relish With Port


2

Corn Spoon Bread With Sharp Cheddar and Sage

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This tender, irresistibly cheesy spoon bread can be cooled completely in the slow cooker. Once room temperature, unmold and transfer to a serving dish. When ready to serve, cover the dish with foil and reheat in a 350° F oven until heated through, 20-30 minutes.

Get the recipe: Corn Spoon Bread with Sharp Cheddar and Sage


3

Honey Glazed Carrots and Pearl Onions

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These sweet and tender veggies make a simple, yet eye-catching combination. Just remember to thoroughly thaw and drain the onions to ensure a nice glaze. For the best results, place the thawed onions in a colander and press lightly to remove excess liquid. A fresh bay leaf or a couple of sprigs of fresh thyme can be used in place of the rosemary, if desired.

Get the recipe: Honey Glazed Carrots and Pearl Onions



4

Steamed Brussels Sprouts with Grainy Mustard and Orange Dressing

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Brussels sprouts are a wonderful, seasonal green addition to the Thanksgiving table. But, if you prefer something else, this easy recipe works well with green beans, cauliflower florets, carrots, broccoli florets, and even peeled sweet potato chunks.

Get the recipe: Steamed Brussels Sprouts with Grainy Mustard and Orange Dressing


5

Potato and Celery Root Gratin

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This classic gratin is autumn comfort food of the highest order. But, before getting to work, remember: Slow cookers and their ceramic inserts vary widely. Make sure yours can withstand the heat of the broiler. If not, melt the remaining cheese using the highest temperature that your insert can handle until the topping is bubbly and browned.

Get the recipe: Potato and Celery Root Gratin


6

Yogurt Rolls With Herb Butter

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These fluffy rolls are perfect for spreading with herb butter or sopping up gravy. One tip: In order to have fresh rolls throughout the meal, serve the first batch warm at the beginning of the meal while the second batch cooks. A few minutes under the broiler is all it takes to ensure everyone will have a second hot buttered roll midway through the meal.

Get the recipe: Yogurt Rolls with Herb Butter