Slow Cooker Side Dishes

Uncle Jack's Mac-and-Cheese
Photo: Hector Sanchez

When your main dish requires extra attention, turn to your slow cooker for a delicious side dish. These recipes require little prep and are infused with bold flavor, thanks to their lingering cook times. You can make flavorful veggies, rice, or potato dishes you can serve as a side to any main dish. If you are preparing for a backyard barbecue, your slow cooker can help you with Uncle Jack's Mac and Cheese and Barbecue Beans. During the holidays, making Green Bean Casserole and Mashed Sweet Potatoes in the slow cooker will help free up oven space for the rest of your holiday dinner.

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Slow-Cooker Green Beans

Thanksgiving Sides: Root Vegetable Gratin
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Green Beans

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Uncle Jack's Mac-and-Cheese

Uncle Jack's Mac-and-Cheese
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Uncle Jack's Mac-and-Cheese

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Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

Scalloped Potatoes with Ham
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

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Wild Rice Pilaf

Slow-Cooker Wild Rice Pilaf
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Wild Rice Pilaf

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Slow-Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Bacon

Slow-Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Bacon
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Bacon

Cooking for the holidays? Pop this sweet potato mixture into your slow cooker on Thanksgiving morning. It will be ready to serve when everyone sits down to dinner.

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Barbecue Beans

Barbecue Beans

Recipe: Barbecue Beans

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Stewed Green Beans and Tomatoes

Stewed Green Beans and Tomatoes
Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Recipe: Stewed Green Beans and Tomatoes

Our update to this favorite Southern side will remind you of great Asian takeout.

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Easy-Does-It Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Easy-Does-It Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Helen Norman

Recipe: Easy-Does-It Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Use your microwave to easily cook sweet potatoes, and then tap your slow cooker to hold the mashed sweet potatoes at the perfect serving temperature. You can use the same procedure for your favorite mashed potato recipe with white potatoes.

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Green Bean Casserole

Slow-Cooker Green Bean Casserole and Cranberry Sauce
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas / Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford / Food Styling: Vanessa McNeil Rocchio

Recipe: Green Bean Casserole

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Balsamic Root Vegetables

Slow-Cooker Balsamic Root Vegetables
Beth Dreiling Hontzas / Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford / Food Styling: Vanessa McNeil Rocchio

Recipe: Balsamic Root Vegetables

Colorful root vegetables take a front seat in this healthy side.

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Slow-Cooker Cornbread Dressing

Slow-Cooker Cornbread Turkey Dressing
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Cornbread Dressing

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Candied Yams

Candied Yams
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Candied Yams

Step-by-Step Video: Slow-Cooker Candied Yams

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