Thanksgiving Time Savers! 27 Make-Ahead and Slow Cooker Recipes

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Even for experienced cooks, putting a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner on the table is a culinary challenge. People love lots of Thanksgiving side dishes, but the meal has turkey and gravy, which both need last-minute attention. Thanksgiving dinner is often a timing nightmare, but using a slow cooker is something that can really help. Another great Thanksgiving sanity-saver is making things ahead, then just reheating them or cooking them on turkey day.

Make-Ahead and Crockpot Thanksgiving IdeasImage: Kalyn's Kitchen

Creative cooks all over the Internet have been sharing make-ahead or crockpot recipes for Thanksgiving. Some of these recipes can even be made way in advance, frozen, and then cooked on turkey day. If you're cooking a big Thanksgiving dinner, check out the ideas I found, then if you have a good make-ahead or crockpot recipe that's suitable for Thanksgiving, please share the link or your recipe in the comments.

Crockpot or Make-Ahead Potatoes

Crockpot  rosemary garlic PotatoesImage: Coconut and Lime

Slow-Cooked Rosemary Thyme Mashed Potatoes (pictured above) from Coconut and Lime

Crockpot Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese and Sour Cream from A Year of Crockpotting

Crockpot Smashed Garlic Red Potatoes from A Recipe a Day

Perfect Make-Ahead Party Potatoes from Kitchen Parade

Make-Ahead Garlic-Herb Mashed Potatoes fromValerie's Kitchen

Vegan Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes from Vegan in the Freezer

Make-Ahead Stuffing Ideas

Gluten-Free, Vegan Herb StuffingImage: Making It Milk Free

Crockpot Cornbread Stuffing from A Year of Crockpotting

Gluten-Free, Vegan Herb Stuffing from Making It Milk Free

Perfect Homemade Crockpot Stuffing from A Year of Crockpotting

Slow Cooker Sausage and Apple Stuffing from No. 2 Pencil

Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes

Spicy Crockpot Sweet PotatoesImage: Kalyn's Kitchen

Spicy Crockpot Sweet Potatoes (pictured above) from Kalyn's Kitchen

Crockpot Candied Sweet Potatoes from A Year of Crockpotting

Pecan-Topped Baked Sweet Potatoes from A Year of Crockpotting

Mashed Butternut Squash and Sweet Potatoes with Citrus from A Veggie Venture

Whole Roasted Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes from Sweet Treats & More

Crockpot or Make-Ahead Vegetables

Crockpot Creamed CornImage: Good.Food.Stories

Slow Country Green Beans from A Veggie Venture

Celery Root and Spinach Gratin (pictured above) from Good.Food.Stories

Crockpot Creamed Corn from Family Fresh Meals

Sweet and Sour Caramelized Onions from A Year of Crockpotting

Roasted Stuffed Onions from Smitten Kitchen

Crockpot Stuffed Onions from A Year of Crockpotting

Make-Ahead Green Bean Casserole from A Veggie Venture (There are more options for Make-Ahead Vegetables at a Veggie Venture.)

Make-Ahead Dinner Rolls

Sweet Potato Buttermilk RollsImage: Pinch My Salt

Sweet Potato Buttermilk Rolls (pictured above) from Pinch My Salt

Pumpkin Dinner Rolls from Tammy's Recipes

Refrigerator Rolls 101 from Cafe Johnsonia

Pumpkin Corn Muffins from Karina's Kitchen

Soft and Fluffy One-Hour Dinner Rolls from Cooking Classy

How are you using your slow cooker this Thanksgiving? Share your favorite recipes in the comments!

BlogHer Contributing Editor Kalyn Denny also blogs at Kalyn's Kitchen where she's committed to low-glycemic cooking, and at Slow Cooker From Scratch, where she features "from scratch" slow cooker recipes.

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