So, like I mentioned in Give Thanks Banner & Printable, last year was the first Thanksgiving that I hosted dinner at my house. What I didn’t mention was that I was 8 months pregnant. Believe me, I thought I had lost my mind too. Especially when the guest list ballooned to 14 people! So how did I do it without killing myself? You guessed it! I cooked almost everything in Crockpots!
Now, if you are a follower of my blog, you will know that if I could cook every single meal in a Crockpot, I totally would. So this was right up my ally! I am sure you are also wondering why I had that many slow cookers. Well, unfortunately, I do not own them. However, I have some amazing friends and family members that did not need them that day and were willing to share!
Some of these recipes I will be sharing with you are the ones I used for my Thanksgiving Day Feast last year and others are great new finds that I hope to try out this year!
You may think I’ve officially gone off the deep end here. Cook a turkey in a Crockpot? YES YOU CAN! You can cook either a whole turkey, or if it is going to be a smaller gathering, just a turkey breast.
What is Thanksgiving without stuffing? Not Thanksgiving, that’s what! However, over the years, stuffing has not been making its way onto my plate. It is either way to moist and sticky or bone dry. Some of the best stuffing is made in the bird, but because of health risks (like giving your whole house food poisoning ) that should be avoided. Bring in the Crockpot! This recipe can be modified to add or subtract anything you would like. If you want it to be vegetarian, take out the sausage and use vegetable broth instead. The best part about this recipe is you can make most of this ahead of time and you will have perfectly cooked stuffing every time!
For my Thanksgiving Day meal to be complete, I have to have potatoes. Since I was a little girl, I have been mixing my mashed potatoes together with my turkey and dousing it in butter, salt and gravy. Maybe it isn’t healthy, but it sure is great comfort food. The mashed potato recipe is great because you can make it a few days ahead of time, keep it in the fridge and just transfer to the Crockpot the day of for cooking. I hadn’t tried out the Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes yet, but it is on my short list of recipes to cook up!
Every single year right about this time, I start craving me some Green Bean Casserole. I refuse to eat it any other time of the year, but for some reason, my Thanksgiving dinner isn’t complete without a huge helping on my plate. This might not be your cup of tea, but you can totally agree, everyone loves some Mac & Cheese. These both can also be made in Crockpots and keeps you from slaving away all day in the hot kitchen.
The fruit staple for Thanksgiving in many American households is the Cranberry Sauce. I love cranberries but in this house, we do Applesauce. Whichever fruit you decide to make into a sauce, give your stove-top a break and make it in the crockpot! The apples you can peel and chop the day (or 2) before but just make sure to preserve them by using this trick.
It is always a good idea to have some food for your guests to nosh on while they are waiting for the feature presentation, but since you are working so hard (not!) on the main course, there is no need to slave away on appetizers! These are so easy, all you have to do is throw them in a small crockpot, turn on low and walk away. Then your guests have hot food in their tummies and you can sit back and relax!
I bet you thought this couldn’t be done! Well, it sure can! There are many tasty desserts that can be make stress free in your Crockpot Who needs pumpkin pie when you can make a crust less version in your slow cooker?
Do you like these? Check out 40 CrockPot Slow Cooker Dessert & Candy Recipes
After dinner decaf coffee or hot apple cider is the perfect end to an even more perfect meal. But why stop at using your Crockpot for food when you can make your after dinner (or even before dinner!) drinks just as easy?
And that is it folks! Now, start calling, Facebookin’ and Tweetin’ your friends and family and ask them to donate their Crockpot to a good cause. The cause being be-Cause you don’t feel like being on your feet all day! Be-Cause you want to relax and still eat amazing food! Be-Cause you said so!
I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving Day feast this year and remember that the day is for giving thanks and being with the ones you love. It is not about putting on the best presentation and having the best of the best food. It isn’t (just) about football and hanging out in front of the TV all day. It isn’t about running around all day and stressing yourself out!
Enjoy the moment. Enjoy your family. Enjoy the day. Make your feast in Crockpots!