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16 Thanksgiving Slow Cooker Ideas to Make Dinner Easier

Updated on October 11, 2023

Save precious space in your oven (or on your stovetop) when making your Thanksgiving feast. From turkey and stuffing to sides and desserts, you’ll be surprised at how many classics can be prepared in a slow cooker.

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How To Cook Thanksgiving Dinner In a Slow Cooker

When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner there’s no shortage of delicious dishes to be included on your table. The only problem? Your oven and stovetop can fill up fast! That’s why we like to break out our trusty slow cooker. It can handle everything from the turkey and sides to breads and desserts with ease—saving space in your oven and making your day a little bit easier.

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Slow-Cooker Pulled Turkey

This low-maintenance main serves 6 — for hardly any work at all. Best of all, the turkey breast cooks up tender, juicy and flavorful thanks to the low-and-slow cooking method and a blend of spices and aromatic vegetables.

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Slow-Cooker Spiced Sweet Potatoes with Pecans

Candied sweet potatoes have long been a celebrated side dish during the holiday season, but we have removed some of the sweetness (no marshmallows!) and made them even easier by cooking them in a slow cooker. We cut the potatoes into thick rounds so they hold up during the cooking process. The resulting tender sweet potatoes glazed with butter and spices are just sweet enough to make them the perfect accompaniment to your favorite poultry or pork dish.

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Slow-Cooker Cranberry-Walnut Stuffed Apples

Two of your favorite Thanksgiving flavors (apples and cranberry) are rolled into one with this easy, autumnal dessert. Be sure to use large baking apples such as Rome or Golden Delicious — they'll have just the right tenderness.

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