Reduce Stress: 8 Crock-pot Recipes for Thanksgiving + a Few Other Thanksgiving Recipes

Slow Cooker Saturdays

I had the most amazingly stress-free Thanksgiving ever last year even though I was the one preparing the big meal and hosting it.  I made the rolls and pie the night before, along with scrubbing my potatoes.  Then I crocked potted the turkey, sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes.  The day went seamlessly.

8 Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Recipes

After that holiday, I became thoroughly convinced that crock-pots immensely reduced my stress load and are ideal to assist in meal preparation for a few reasons:


  • Recipes that are typically more timely in nature could be drawn out, taking longer, so there isn’t that intense pressure to get everything done in 15 minutes, like making mashed potatoes for me.  I like to put them in the crock-pot in the morning, and then deal with them when they are soft.  Also there is no boiling or extremely hot water to pour off.
  • Preparation for different recipes could start the night before, so the recipes are ready to throw in the morning.
  • Using the crock-pot frees up the oven.  A HUGE bonus, especially if you are cooking your turkey in the oven, which is most families.
  • Crock-pots are cheaper to use than ovens.
  • Crock-pots don’t heat up the kitchen like the oven does.
  • You can’t borrow ovens easily, but the crock-pot is portable!

I hope I will have convinced a few of you to start using the crock-pot to help you with your holiday food preparation so you will have a more relaxing and enjoyable holiday.

I will share some recipes that are Thanksgiving-friendly ideas you can make in the crock-pot and a few that aren’t in the crock-pot, and then I will share my meal plan, and plan of attack.  **Pictures updated 11/13.

Thanksgiving Appetizer Ideas:

Yogurt Fruit Dip @

Easy Hummus @

Thanksgiving Beverage Ideas:

Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider

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Thanksgiving Side Dish Ideas:

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Slow Cooker Stuffing

Sourdough Rolls, Vegan

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter, Vegan

Crock-pot Bread

Rosemary & Lemon Roasted Red Potatoes Recipe @

Lemony Vinaigrette

Thanksgiving Main Dish Ideas:

Crock-pot Christmas Ham

Crock-pot Turkey

Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas:

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin Streusel Pie @

Crock-pot Pumpkin Bread Collage

Chocolate "Cheesecake" Delight @

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

My meal plan:

Days before I will:

The night before Thanksgiving I will:

  • Scrub my potatoes, and leave them on the counter to dry.
  • Cut the veggies for the stuffing and the salad.
  • Prepare the dough for the sourdough rolls.
  • Get out our china, nice stemware, and silverware.
  • Crock-pot the turkey on low for 12 hours, so it is ready about noon.

Thanksgiving Morning I will:

  • Dice the potatoes with skins on and warm them in the slow cooker.
  • Throw the stuffing ingredients in the crock-pot.
  • Put the second turkey in the oven.

Late Thanksgiving Morning We will:

  • Bake the sourdough rolls.
  • Mash the potatoes, and finish their prep.
  • Slice the turkey.
  • Bring out the salad.
  • Sit, feast, and be thankful, remember and share the blessings with which our Lord Jesus bestows on us!

How are you celebrating Thanksgiving?  For what things are you thankful?

Go here for the complete list of recipes.

Here are some leftover shredded turkey/chicken ideas.

11 Shredded Turkey/Chicken Leftover Ideas Collage

Want some other crazy crock-pot ideas?

12 Crazy Crock-pot RecipesFor more crock-pot ideas, follow our Cookin’ with the Crock-pot Pinterest Board below.

Follow Sonja Sarr (’s board Cookin’ w/the Crock-pot on Pinterest.

Thanksgiving with the Crock-pot or Not @

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14 Responses to Reduce Stress: 8 Crock-pot Recipes for Thanksgiving + a Few Other Thanksgiving Recipes

  1. Mariel says:

    I would love for you to share this (or any of your other great ideas) at the link party going on now at ‘Or so she says …

  2. I love my Crock Pot and using it on stressful occasions like the holidays is perfect! These are all great ideas. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & come back soon.

  3. Sara says:

    You got it done pat!! Thanks for sharing! Happy VETERANS DAY!

  4. Heather says:

    I love my crock pot too, and have never used it for Thanksgiving! What a great idea! And I have never heard of crock pot bread before, that is a first. Regardless of Thanksgiving I might have to give that a try!

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Awesome recipes! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Tauna says:

    Great recipes! Going to try the crockpot mashed potatoes ones this year. Thanks!

  7. LOVE these ideas/recipes!! Thank you! Thank you for sharing with us at Healthy 2Days Wednesdays! have a great week.

  8. This is perfect! Thanks for putting everything in one place! I’m definitely pinning this. Thanks so much, Sonja!

  9. Wow, I really love your photos. They are each so clear and lovely labeled! I’m gonna have to bookmark your site as a great reference for ideas.

    I love crockpots, but do not cook nearly as much variety as I could. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful ideas. They all look so yummy.

  10. Mackenzie says:

    These look amazing! I can’t wait to try some of them! You are a featured favorite this week on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! We love having you, and can’t wait to see you this weekend! Mackenzie :)

  11. Julie says:

    What great ideas. my slow cooker is shamefully underused. It was when you said “it frees up space in the oven ” that I realised what an idiot I am for not using it more. I always think it just for stews, I’m trying some of these potato recipes this weekend.

    • Sonja says:

      Hi Julie. Thank! I hope that you enjoy the potato recipes! The crock-pot has seriously reduced the stress in my life. I love that you can just fix-it (the food/meal) and forget-it. Blessings!

  12. Julia says:

    How many crock pots do you use in all? Would I need to borow another one to make such a lovely meal happen like this?

    • Sonja says:

      Hi Julia, I have 5 crock-pots (7, 6, 4.5, 2, 2 qts). I do the turkey and the mashed potatoes every year in the crock definitely. The stuffing I may do ahead in the crock. If we want something special like apple cider, that would be another crock-pot. I would borrow more crock-pots if needed. The bread I may or may not crock-pot. Hope this helps!

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