Side Dishes from the Slow Cooker
Stewed Green Beans and Tomatoes
Our update to this favorite Southern side will remind you of great Asian takeout. Don't be intimidated by red curry paste; it's a subtly spicy blend of fresh ginger, lemongrass, garlic, and chiles.
Slow Cooker Hoppin' John
Slow-Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Bacon
These sweet-and-salty slow cooker sweet potatoes could not be easier to prep on Thanksgiving morning. Whether you’re looking to save stovetop space or just want to streamline the side dish, these simple sweet potatoes are guaranteed to please.
Slow-Cooked Collard Greens
A sprinkling of pepper sauce is the ultimate Southern condiment for these greens.
Prep: 5 minutes, Cook: 9 hours
Slow-Cooker Size: 6-quart
Santa Fe Black Beans
Black beans are a staple side to any Mexican dish. Serve these beans warm and tender after 10 hours in the slow cooker.
Slow-Cooker Molasses and Spice Wheat Berries
Balsamic Root Vegetables
Cooking sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots and onions over low heat in a mixture of brown sugar, balsamic vinegar and olive oil creates an unbelievably rich and mellow flavor.
Start with crumbled cornbread and a package of herbed stuffing mix for this traditional cornbread dressing that’s cooked in the slow cooker. Cooking the dressing in the slow cooker frees up oven space for the turkey.
Hot-and-Spicy Black-Eyed Peas
Spice up black-eyed peas with canned Mexican stewed tomatoes, jalapeño pepper, and ground red pepper. Cook in the slow cooker until the peas are tender, and then add the rice.
Green Bean Casserole
Convenience products like canned green beans, canned cream of mushroom soup, presliced mushrooms, and preshredded Cheddar cheese are key ingredients in this speedy side dish. Assemble the recipe in less than 6 minutes and then forget about it for the next 2 1/2 hours.
Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping
Start with canned sweet potatoes for a hassle-free casserole that takes less than 15 minutes to assemble. The casserole cooks on the countertop so you have plenty of room in the oven to prepare your main dish.
Squash and Cornbread Casserole
Dress up traditional squash casserole by adding carrots, corn, and cornbread topping for a favorite Southern side.
Extra-Cheesy Macaroni and Cheese
Cut out prep time by adding uncooked pasta straight into the slow cooker. All of the ingredients cook together resulting in a creamy, family-favorite side dish.
Spicy Sausage Grits
With a spicy blend of sausage, corn, and creamy cheese grits, you can't go wrong serving this great version of a Southern classic for a holiday breakfast or brunch.
Toasted Herb Rice
Try these three simple steps to easily boost the flavor of this six-ingredient side dish. First, toast the rice to enhance its nutty flavor, second, cook the rice in broth instead of water, and third, add toasted pine nuts before serving for extra crunch.
Tiny French Beans with Smoked Sausage
Flageolets are tiny, tender beans that are pale green in color, have a mild flavor, and are popular in French cooking. The combination of the creamy beans, the smokiness of the turkey sausage, and the addition of fresh thyme give this side dish a warm, comforting flavor.
Slow-Cooked Collard Greens
Collard greens are the most tender when they're slow cooked in a variety of seasonings. Start the greens in the morning before work so they'll be ready by suppertime. Pair with cornbread and hot pepper sauce for an unforgettable Southern delicacy.
Tender apples topped with dried fruit, nuts, and brown sugar-cinnamon glaze double as a sweet side or a healthy dessert. Pair with ham steak and green beans for a simple and flavor-packed meal.
Peppered Corn on the Cob
Corn cobs rubbed with garlic butter and wrapped in bacon are sure to be a hit at your next barbecue.
Sweet Pepper Relish
Keep this 4-ingredient side on-hand to dress-up chicken, fish, or beef. This sweet-and-spicy condiment is so versatile that is also works well as a topping for burgers and sandwiches or as an appetizer when served over cream cheese.
The flavor combination of brown sugar, vanilla, and sweet potatoes are reminiscent of cool-weather holidays. Pair with traditional holiday entrées like ham, turkey, or beef tenderloin.