Stop Stressing About Side Dishes - Slow Cooker To The Rescue. Check out all these options for Crockpot Side Dish Recipes from Mac and Cheese to Vegetables like carrots.
Crockpot Side Dish Recipes
Easter is almost here and we’re busy getting ready for the big Sunday family dinner. Maybe you’re cooking for a few friends, or you’re having your extended family over for a nice ham dinner. Perhaps you’ve been asked to bring a dish or two to the church potluck dinner. In any case, there’s no need to stress about getting everything cooked and keeping it hot and ready. There’s an easy way to cook up delicious sides without all the stress - in your slow cooker.
One of the big advantages of using your crockpot is that you end up with a dish that's very portable and it’s easy to keep it warm. Just keep it plugged in until your guests arrive or when you get to your dinner destination. It also leaves your oven free to bake the ham and maybe even a pie or two for dessert.
To adapt your favorite casserole recipe for the slow cooker, cook it on high for 4 hours for every hour you would bake it in the oven. Precook your meat before adding it and add most vegetables raw, at the beginning of the cooking process. Spring vegetables like peas, summer squash, zucchini etc. only need about 2 hours to cook, so add them later. Reserve toppings for the last 30 to 45 minutes.
Cooking your favorite holiday side dishes in the slow cooker is easy-peasy. Give it a try this Easter and see if you can’t free up some valuable oven space in the process. All of these dishes would also work with
Crockpot Dishes for Christmas
When family signs up to bring sides you can ask them to bring Christmas side dishes in crock pot so you don't have to worry about heating them up later.
Crockpot Side Dishes for Easter
Cheesy Side Dishes
There are all sorts of delicious side dishes you can make in your slow cooker. If you like potatoes with your ham, try making a batch of creamy mashed potatoes in there, or how about some cheesy scalloped potatoes. Macaroni and cheese is always a big hit with the kids around here. You can even repurpose your crockpot as a rice cooker and whip up a yummy flavored rice dish for the dinner table.
Baked Mac and Cheese
Slow Cooker Baked Mac and Cheese is the ultimate creamy comfort food. This is a cheesy dish your whole family to enjoy! This macaroni and cheese is perfect as a side dish to my Slow Cooker Turkey Breast or for dinner on it’s own.
Easy Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
Crockpot scalloped potatoes and ham are super easy to make. It is a creamy and delicious comfort food. It makes a hearty side dish that pairs perfectly with almost any main dish. It is the perfect potato casserole recipe. It’s actually so filling you could even just pair it with a salad and call it dinner.
Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes
Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes is the an easy comfort food. This delicious cheesy potato side dish is made in your slow cooker making it so incredibly easy – just dump, set, and forget!
Crock Pot Rice Side Dishes
Crockpot Vegetable Casserole Recipes
Let’s not forget about the vegetables. You can cook up all sorts of delicious vegetable dishes and casserole style sides right in your slow cooker. Root vegetables are particularly suitable for long and slow cooking. Try fixing your glazed carrots or a mix of potatoes, carrots, turnips and onions seasoned with garlic and rosemary mixed with a little olive oil and cooked on low for 8 hours or until all the vegetables are tender.
Cauliflower and broccoli in cheese sauce is always a big hit. Brussels sprouts or asparagus slowly steamed in the slow cooker is incredibly delicious. Don’t forget about casseroles. Most of your holiday favorites can easily be adapted to slow cooker use. You can either search for a crockpot specific version of your family’s favorite casseroles, or follow the tip below.
Crock Pot Green Beans
This easy Crock Pot Green Beans recipe is full of delicious buttery and smoky flavor. Plus it’s dump and start side dish made from affordable pantry staple that that comes together with almost no effort at all!
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
These slow cooker mashed potatoes are the perfect side dish recipe for holidays and weeknights alike. They’re creamy, quick and easy!
Crockpot Mashed Butternut Squash is the perfect cozy side dish to complement your weeknight dinners, fall gatherings, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, plus all of your other holiday meals. It is a family-friendly, colorful, vibrant, delicious and healthy mash that is easy to make in your slow cooker.
Suitable for gluten free, vegan, paleo and Whole30 diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.
Slow Cooker Honey Glazed Carrots
Slow cooker honey glazed carrots are a perfectly easy side dish. They have a hint of cinnamon and a touch of honey making them extra delicious.
Party beans are cooked to perfection with just the right amount of brown sugar and bacon. Whether you are cooking for a crowd or your family, they will all be happy you took a few minutes to make these in your slow cooker.
Save this post for your summer BBQ parties too. These dishes work well as Summer Crockpot Side Dishes
Summer Crockpot Side Dishes
These all look delicious, especially the baked mac and cheese and the mashed butternut squash!! Yum!