Slow Cooker Sides

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It is once again that time of year. The leaves have been changing colors and falling to the ground, and the temperatures are dropping. The holiday season starts out with Thanksgiving. What is an easier way to prepare holiday means for busy mothers than to prepare a side dish or two in the slow cooker? There is a wide array of delicious slow cooker side dishes available.

Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a staple on any holiday dinner table. There is no easier way than to prepare this side dish in a crock pot. The ingredients needed for these scrumptious potatoes are:

  • 3 lbs of baking potatoes, peeled and cut into pieces that are a couple of inches (Yukon gold work wonderfully, or russet are good as well)
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 2 - 14 ounce cans of seasoned chicken broth
  • 6 cloves of garlic, cut in half
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup of butter

To make this dish, put the potatoes and the garlic in a 3 1/2 to 4 quart crock pot and pour the seasoned chicken broth over the potatoes and garlic. Depending on how much time is available, the potatoes can either be cooked on high heat for 3-4 hours, or low heat for 6-8 hours. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain them and return them to the crock pot. Heat the milk and butter until the butter is melted then pour over the potatoes in the crock pot and mash together. More milk can be added if the consistency of the potatoes are too stiff. The potatoes can be left on low heat in the crock pot to keep them warm until serving, making it easy to prepare them earlier in the day.

Apple Buttered Sweet Potatoes

Another great side dish that's a breeze to make in the crock pot is apple buttered sweet potatoes. For this dish the ingredients needed are:

  • 3 lbs of sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 medium tart cooking apples
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (to taste)
  • 1 cup apple butter

In a 3 1/2 to 4 quart crock pot, place the sweet potatoes and apples. In a medium sized bowl combine the whipping cream, pumpkin pie spice and apple butter. Pour the wet mixture over the sweet potatoes and apples and stir gently to combine. This dish can cook on low heat for 6 to 7 hours, or on high heat for 3 to 4 hours.

These are just two of many side dishes that are delicious and simple out of the crock pot. Other examples of side dishes that are simple and stay delicious until serving out of the crock pot include:  creamy corn and roasted red peppers, tex-mex mac and cheese, easy cheesy potatoes and broccoli in alfredo sauce.


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