A Crockpot Thanksgiving—How To Make Your Entire Thanksgiving Day Feast In Your Slow Cooker!

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!

The Bird

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. 

Whole Turkey In The Crockpot


Turkey Breast In The Crockpot


The Stuffing

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!

Crockpot Sausage Stuffing & Printable Recipe


The Potatoes

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!

Crockpot Mashed Potatoes


Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes


The Sides

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.

Crockpot Green Bean Casserole

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Crockpot Mac & Cheese


The Fruits

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

Crockpot AppleSauce


Crockpot Cranberry Sauce

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The Appetizers

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!

Crockpot Meatballs


Crockpot Artichoke & Crab Dip



The Desserts

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? 

Crockpot Pumpkin Pudding


Crockpot Easy Autumn Cake


Do you like these? Check out 40 CrockPot Slow Cooker Dessert & Candy Recipes

The Drinks

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? 

Crockpot Pumpkin Spiced Lattes


Crockpot Hot Apple Cider



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! :)

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31 thoughts on “A Crockpot Thanksgiving—How To Make Your Entire Thanksgiving Day Feast In Your Slow Cooker!

  1. When my oven went out a few months ago, we cooked on the stove top as long as we could – that is until we got tired of eating fried food. Then I remembered my crockpot! There are so many easy meals you can create, but I’ll admit, I would have never thought of a whole Thanksgiving dinner. I think I’ll try that Pumpkin Pudding recipe. Thanks for sharing!


    Livin' The Mom Life Reply:

    You are welcome! I would’ve never thought of it either had I not had been pregnant and looking to stay off my feet!


  2. Wow…I never thought of doing a whole Thanksgiving meal in the crockpot. And it takes so much time to cook all that stuff! Like you, I was 8 months preggo last Thanksgiving, too:) When was your kid born…mine came in 3 days before Christmas! Good idea! I will definitely take the crockpot idea:)

    BTW: I hope the scalloped potato turns out well if you try it!


    Livin' The Mom Life Reply:

    Mine was due Jan 11 but came the 19th. I can’t wait to try the potato recipe! I told my husband it has cheese it crumbs and he said “sign me up!”


  3. Ok super woman! You did a great job! I love my crockpot, but I admit I don’t use it as much as i used too. I have to dust it off and use it more. It really does save a lot of time and headache huh?


    Livin' The Mom Life Reply:

    It sure does! Just throw it in and go! Give it a shot!


  4. Holy Cow! Cooking in a crock pot is one of my favorite ways to cook! I’m hosting Thanksgiving at my house for the first time this year, and I never even considered this option. Completely awesome! Thank you for sharing!


    Livin' The Mom Life Reply:

    You are welcome! Even if you just do a few, it will help so much! Last year, I did the stuffing, applesauce, and mashed potatoes, pumpkin lattes and meatballs. The meatballs take no prep so that was easy. I made the mashed potatoes 2 days ahead, peeled the apples the morning of the day before and preserved them with my apple trick and I made the stuffing the night before. It made the day of so easy! I got to relax and put my feet up more than I thought I would be able to!


  5. I am the only one besides my husband’s grandfather that eats turkey. So knowing that we can make it in the crockpot just for us two! Thanks for sharing the recipe!


    Livin' The Mom Life Reply:

    You are welcome! I will be making mine in the crockpot this year too since it will just the be the 2 of us. Last year we made it in the roaster but that was a whole turkey. This year I will probably do the breast!


  6. Holy Crockpot!!! I had no idea… but what a time and space saver. I will be checking out all the recipes. I can only imagine how tender that bird would be. :)
    Thanks for the ideas.


    Livin' The Mom Life Reply:

    That is the great thing about the Crockpot is that everything turns out so moist and tender. The stuffing is the same way


  7. WOW. I’m completely impressed. I will now forever think of your kitchen as covered with CrockPots LOL Don’t blow any fuses over there! This really is amazing!


    Livin' The Mom Life Reply:

    I was totally afraid of that! Or running up my electric bill sky high! But it all worked out perfectly! I did put a couple in the laundry room and a few in the living room too just break it up!


  8. Girl! How many crockpots do you own?? I love the meatball recipes, my hubby makes those with grape jelly and a dash of hot sauce with the chili sauce…we will have to try your recipe. Thanks for the smiles!
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    Livin' The Mom Life Reply:

    I used 5 last year. I made the stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin spiced lattes, meatballs and applesauce. This year I intend to make the green bean casserole, pumpkin pudding, turkey and stuffing!


  9. This just might be the most brilliant thing I’ve ever heard of! I had no idea you could cook a whole turkey in a crockpot. I may do this some time. I think I have 3 crockpots, but I could borrow a few more :) Pinning!


    Livin' The Mom Life Reply:

    That is what I did! I borrowed 3 to pull this off! I haven’t tried the whole bird yet but I plan on doing the turkey breast this year!


  10. Can you believe I have never hosted Thanksgiving at my house? I’ve been married 14 years, but both sets of parents live in the area–so we go there, and bring some sides/desserts. I pinned this–excellent resource for all year round really!


    Livin' The Mom Life Reply:

    I think it is better that way! I didn’t mind doing it last year, but it was my first year as well at 30 years old!


  11. LOVE IT! My crockpot is my single, most used item in my kitchen. In fact, I used it tonight. lol You do have to have quite a few crock pots to pull this one off though. :) Maybe have a party and have everyone bring a crock pot dish. Thank you for these great recipes.


    Livin' The Mom Life Reply:

    I have 2 crockpots so I borrowed 3 more and I used 5!


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