Looking for ways to lighten the oven load this Thanksgiving? Try our rich herby Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Stuffing made right on the countertop!
You could upgrade your kitchen this month to include double ovens and additional burners. *wink*
Or… you can look to your slow cooker for answers!
Slow cookers (AKA crockpots) are a fantastic solution for all sorts of dinnertime dilemmas. Think beyond the beef stew and mexican casserole you usually throw in your crockpot. The humble slow cooker is capable of so much more.
And the beauty is, most of us have at least one crockpot hidden in our pantry.
Over the years we’ve made yeast rolls, quiche, spiced apples, beef tenderloin, wassail, and all sorts of unconventional things in the crockpot. This frees up oven and stovetop space, plus, you can plug your slow cooker(s) in anywhere in the house. They don’t have to take up valuable countertop space either! #mindblown
Just imagine all the Thanksgiving side dishes that are potentially slow cooker-friendly.
Let’s start with my favorite Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe, shall we?
This is a classic dressing recipe loaded with butter and herbs. I usually start with store-bought unseasoned bread cubes, because they are quick to use and easy to find this time of year. (You’ll find them in the seasonal Thanksgiving section at your local market.) Then add fresh herbs like parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme, along with sautéed onions and celery.
If you are cooking something in the slow cooker for 10-12 hours it’s sometimes unnecessary to sauté the onions first. But in this case, it softens the texture and sweetens the onions so they don’t over power the stuffing.
Add all the dry ingredients for the Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Stuffing to the crock, then whisk chicken broth and eggs together and pour over the top.
Because this stuffing recipe is made with all fresh ingredients, it’s important to season it well with salt.
I like to sprinkle a generous amount of Diamond Crystal® Kosher Salt over the top to bring out the natural flavors in the other ingredients.
It makes the butter soaked bread cubes taste butterier. It makes the herbs taste even more fresh and green. It even makes the cranberries taste sweeter. Good salt is the magic ingredient in any recipe.
Cover the crock and let the Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Stuffing cook for several hours. You can turn it on low or high to match your cooking timeframe. The rising moisture gathers against the lid and drips down over the stuffing the entire time it cooks.
What you end up with is a super moist and fluffy traditional Thanksgiving stuffing that is utterly irresistible. Who even needs the rest of the Thanksgiving dinner when you have stuffing like this?
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