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We Made Thanksgiving Dinner In A Slow Cooker And It Actually Worked

Set it and forget it: Turkey Day Edition.

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...you could make the entire dinner all at once in your slow cooker.

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Yes, the entire Thanksgiving dinner — turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and Brussels sprouts — all made in the slow cooker, all at the same time.

Not gonna lie, when I set out to do this, I wasn't sure it would work.

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But I layered all the key ingredients of a Turkey Day feast into a Crock-Pot and hit the "start" button of courage.

And maybe it doesn't look as fancy as this Thanksgiving dinner over here, but it tasted just like Thanksgiving dinner should — it was DELICIOUS.

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It's also insanely easy. And tbh it all makes sense: Thanksgiving dinner actually tastes better when it's all piled together and everything's covered in gravy ANYWAYS.

This is what you'll need to make it.

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Here's a step-by-step guide to making Thanksgiving in the slow cooker. You can get the full recipe at the bottom of this post.

You are basically done! Time to start layering.

12. Put the lid on, set the slow cooker to cook on high for five hours. Sit back and revel in the free time you have to enjoy the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

How to Make Your Entire Thanksgiving In The Slow Cooker

Serves 6 to 8

Recipe by Lindsay Hunt

INGREDIENTS

¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, divided

12 oz crusty white bread, cut into 1½ inch cubes (4 to 5 cups)

1 medium onion, diced

1 stalk celery, diced

Kosher salt and black pepper

¼ cup all-purpose flour

¼ cup chicken stock

2½ lb boneless, skinless turkey thighs, breasts, or tenderloin, cut into 2-inch pieces

1 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved

1¼ lb russet potatoes, peeled and halved (about 3)

1½ lb sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks

1 2.8-oz container French's Original French Fried Onions

PREPARATION

Make the stuffing mixture: Melt ¼ cup of the butter and then toss with the bread, onion, and celery. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Whisk the flour and chicken stock in the base of a 6-quart (or larger) slow cooker. Add the turkey and salt and pepper, toss to coat, and smooth into an even layer. Then top with the Brussels sprouts.

Add the stuffing mixture and smooth into an even layer. Nestle the potatoes onto one side of the stuffing and the sweet potatoes into the other side. Cover with the lid and cook on high for 4 to 5 hours, or until you can insert a fork easily into both types of potatoes.

Transfer the potatoes to one bowl and the sweet potatoes to another bowl. Add ¼ cup butter to each bowl and mash until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Spread the sweet potatoes on top of the stuffing, then spread the mashed potatoes on top of the sweet potatoes. Top with the fried onions and serve.