Thanksgiving week continues with two side dish recipes made in the slow cooker. I am also the host today of the Virtual Thanksgiving Progressive Dinner and want to welcome all of you for dropping by today for the dinner. A slow cooker can make life easier on Thanksgiving. I decided to try out two new recipes from Pillsbury that utilize a slow cooker to make two side dishes for Thanksgiving. The first is the ultimate slow cooker mashed potatoes.
This recipe allows you to get the potatoes going well before the meal. You cook them for 4 to 4 1/2 hours in the slow cooker. Then you mash them and then can return them to your slow cooker to keep warm for up to 2 hours. The original ultimate slow cooker mashed potatoes recipe called for garlic and onion powder which I left out. I like the gravy to add the flavor to the potatoes.
Next is a recipe your brown sugared carrots. The brown sugar just gives those yummy baby carrots an extra boost of sweetness. This recipe said to cook the carrots for 4 to 5 hours, but mine were complete in 3 hours. So, I recommend not starting the carrots too early. Then check on them at the 3 hour mark and if needed set on the warm setting.
Today is also another day of the 8 weeks of Christmas Goodies that I am participating in along with some other bloggers. This week’s goodie recipe is Cranberry-Macadamia Bars. I made them when I went to Baking with Betty and am absolutely making them this holiday season. They were my favorite. There is also a recipe for Citrus-Kissed Fig Thumprints with that link that would also be an excellent goodie. I wasn’t big on the fig part, but you could easily substitute a different flavored preserve.Print Print