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Crock Pot Thanksgiving Sides That Basically Make Themselves

So you can concentrate on the bird.

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1. No-Boil Mashed Potatoes

This recipe cooks potatoes directly in the slow cooker, saving you time and dishes to clean. Simply throw your potatoes in, season 'em up, and let them cook ― no boiling required. Get the recipe here.

2. Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

If juggling oven space is an issue every Thanksgiving, this recipe is for you. Just add brussels sprouts to your slow cooker and set it to low ― no oven space needed. Get the recipe here.


4. No-Boil Mashed Sweet Potatoes

If you prefer your mashed potatoes on the sweeter side, this recipe is for you. Just cook 'em directly in the slow cooker and finish with butter and milk. Get the recipe here.

5. Green Bean Casserole

This recipe does require some stovetop cooking, but after that it's just a matter of dumping everything in and letting it cook. Get the recipe here.

7. Classic Stuffing

This recipe isn't as easy as dumping everything in and walking away (there's baking and sautéing involved), but it's totally worth the effort. Get the recipe here.


10. Garlic Parmesan Potatoes

These ultra-savory potatoes might just be the easiest side dish you can make. Just throw everything into a slow cooker and let them cook as you prep your other dishes. Get the recipe here.

11. Sweet Potato Casserole

The classic combination of sweet potatoes and marshmallows melt together perfectly in the low heat of a slow cooker. Have it for dinner or dessert ― who's to judge? Get the recipe here.


12. Homemade Cranberry Sauce

This recipe only takes three ingredients to make, so there's no excuse to settle for the sad canned stuff. Get the recipe here.

13. Mac and Cheese

This has to be the easiest way to make mac and cheese ― just make sure to undercook your pasta to prevent it from getting mushy. Get the recipe here.

14. Creamed Spinach

Creamed spinach might sound boring, but this recipe loads it up with garlic, cayenne, and parmesan to take it to a whole new level. Get the recipe here.


16. Wild Rice Stuffing With Cranberries and Almonds

This unexpected twist on stuffing uses wild rice, cranberries, and almonds ― and the best part is you don't even have to cook the rice in advance. Just dump it in, and let it cook. Get the recipe here.