Save Oven (and Stovetop) Space With These Thanksgiving Sides

Because the only thing you should stuff on Thanksgiving Day is your turkey!

Full Homemade Thanksgiving Dinner

Full Homemade Thanksgiving Dinner

Full Homemade Thanksgiving Dinner with Turkey Stuffing Veggies and Potatos

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brent Hofacker

If the hardest part of cooking Thanksgiving dinner is figuring out how to get all your pots, pans and casserole dishes cooking at the same time, we can help! Save your oven space for roasting turkey and browning stuffing — and your stovetop for whisking up a batch of homemade gravy — with these classic, Thanksgiving side dish recipes.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Free up some space on your stovetop by making mashed potatoes in the slow cooker. Just put hearty Russet potatoes and water into your cooker in the morning and four hours later you’re ready to mash, season and serve.



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When you're cooking with all four burners (literally) and your oven is full, use your microwave to make sweet potatoes. They'll be soft and ready to mash in a matter of minutes.

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Armando Rafael

If mac and cheese is a must on your holiday table, use your multi-cooker to whip up a batch of this creamy, crowd-pleasing pasta. You can even wait until the last minute to make it, thanks to the speedy pressure cook cycle.

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Even though the sauce for this recipe is made on the stovetop, it’s done far in advance (four hours before the casserole is ready to serve), which means that all four burners will be free when you’re ready to cook on the stove.

Portrait close up side shot of Spiked Cranberry Sauce in glass dish, with teaspoon for serving

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Skip the homemade cranberry sauce if you need to save space on the stovetop. Upgrade the canned, store-bought version by adding maple, port, fresh thyme and orange like Ree does.

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