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Easy Cheap Crockpot Side Dishes

Great crockpot side dishes for Thanksgiving that range from traditional to updated ideas. Baked and mashed potatoes in the crockpot this year.

Crockpot baked potatoes

I recommend pulling out everyone’s slow cooker to use them as for all these Crockpot side dishes. Once food is cooked transfer it to one of them and keep on warm. That way while other things are finishing they won’t get cold. Works like a charm!

Take a look at our Thanksgiving sides post for the entire list of recipes.

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

  • 5 lbs sierra gold potatoes or red potatoes, diced with peel
  • Cup of water
  • A cup pf butter, cut into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon salt, plus
  • ¾  teaspoon ground black pepper
  • One and 1/3  cups milk, warmed

1. Place the potatoes, water, and butter into a slow cooker.
2. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Cover, and cook on High for 4 hours.
4. Do not remove the excess water from slow cooker. This adds to the creamy texture.
5. Mash potatoes with a masher or electric beater, adding the desired amount of warm milk to achieve a creamy consistency.
6. Keep warm on low until serving.
7. Potatoes keep consistency for a couple of hours after mashing. Just keep the lid on the slow cooker and serve directly from there.

Depending on how much you are making a 2 quart crockpot is a great size for about 5-6 people and the larger 8 quart version like this one is better for

easy green bean casserole

Slow Cooker Side Dishes

If you want really easy, give our slow cooker cabbage a whirl sometime.

Green Bean Casserole – I have 2 recipes, I have another recipe for green bean casserole here.

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 (14.5 ounce) cans French style green beans, drained
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup crumbled buttery round crackers
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


Green bean casserole in the crockpot
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth, and cook for one minute. Stir in the salt, sugar, onion, and sour cream. Add green beans, and stir to coat.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish. Spread shredded cheese over the top. In a small bowl, toss together cracker crumbs and remaining butter, and sprinkle over the cheese.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the top is golden and cheese is bubbly.
cherry cheesecake dip

Cheesecake Cherry Dip

Block of cream cheese

Box of graham crackers

Jar of marshmallow fluff

2 tubs cool whip

2 cans cherry (could use other flavor) pie filling

Makes two 8×8 pans or one 8×12 pan full – I like using a veggie platter and serving this with graham crackers broken into 1/4 pieces, vanilla wafers and apples!


1. Crush 1 pkg. of graham crackers, distrubute evenly, pack down & cover bottom of pan(s).

2. Mix together softened 8oz. pkg. of cream cheese & 1 jar of marshmallow fluff.

3. Mix one tub of cool whip into cream cheese mixture, then the second tub.

4. Spread mixture evenly in the pan(s), smoothing to edges.

5. Top with cherry pie filling.

6. Break up remaining graham crackers & serve as dipping “spoons”

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