Thanksgiving is a big day that requires planning ahead! But for the sidetracked mom, sometimes days pass us by and before we know it, it’s here! No need to panic though. We’ve got some great ideas brewing….
Last year was my first year ever hosting Thanksgiving at my house. We served 21 people. We pushed our two dining tables together and managed to seat everyone at what appeared to be one very long table. We ate on pretty, Thanksgiving themed paper plates and loved that we didn’t have a ton of plates to be washing afterwards. Another win for this sidetracked mom! (Even though someone bashed me for not using china on Facebook….apparently she stopped at the wrong page, lol).
I prefer to spend as much of my time as possible on Thanksgiving day with people, and not exhausted from slaving away in the kitchen, so I thought I’d put together a list of recipes you could do in your slow cooker. Obviously, you probably don’t have 8-10 slow cookers to make them all in, but with some careful planning, you could make one the day before and another the day of. I’m sure you’ll find the perfect combination of dishes to make. If you’re going to be traveling, slow cooker dishes are perfect for sharing, as you can just plug it in when you get to your destination to warm it back up. If you need to buy a new slow cooker for the occasion, don’t forget to check out my on the best slow cooker choices for your family.
Honestly, we don’t eat breakfast on Thanksgiving day, but for those of you who are waiting until evening to eat your Thanksgiving meals, you will need something to keep you going. What better than a good Breakfast Casserole or Quiche?
Slow Cooker Sausage, Egg & Broccoli Breakfast Casserole -This recipe cooks 2-3 hours on high in your slow cooker. You can prepare this the night before or you could get it going as soon as you wake up on Thanksgiving day.
Slow Cooker Easy Quiche Recipe – A special Thanksgiving brunch for the family prepared with hardly a fuss in the kitchen. This light and fluffy quiche is a memorable breakfast for your loved ones!
Crockpot Breakfast Casserole – How about a gluten free alternative for breakfast? Try this Breakfast Casserole that is -you guessed it, also prepared in a crockpot!
Juicy Slow Cooker Turkey Breast – Prepare this recipe a day before and slow cook it overnight.
Roast Turkey in the Slow Cooker Recipe – This is a no fuss 3 ingredient recipe. If you’re racing for time, you can cook it in 4 to 6 hours and be ready for Thanksgiving dinner.
Applewood Cider Slow Cooker Chicken -If you’re not a fan of Turkey, you might opt for chicken instead or as an addition to your meal. This recipe uses a dry rub and is slow cooked for 6 hours. Pop in the oven for that delicious color!
Slow Cooker Beef Roast – Another alternative to the ever-famous turkey is a roast! How do you make a perfect Beef Roast every time? By using the slow cooker of course. This juicy, tender slow cooked beef roast with seasoned vegetables is a perfect non active recipe that’ll make your guests think that you’ve spent the entire day in the kitchen!
Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes – You’re planning to eat late in the day and you need a side dish that can get done in time. But also, you have a million other things to prepare. This mashed potatoes in a crockpot is a great addition!
Slow Cooker Garlic Herb Mushrooms – Throw mushrooms, garlic, and herbs in the slow cooker. Set it and forget it. Really, the perfect recipe for a side dish that you’ll love to pair with the turkey.
Pumpkin Pie Cake – Although I don’t typically make this one in the slow cooker, you could easily do this. This is a definite favorite in our family and we make it EVERY year!