I think I’ve always loved Thanksgiving stuffing because it has so many different qualities. (Yes, I know it is called “stuffing” when it’s stuffed inside a turkey, and called “dressing” when it comes on the side, but I’m going to call it stuffing just because it’s easier and then can’t be confused with the sauce you might put on your salad!) A good stuffing is moist and tender, but it has crunchy or crispy toasted edges; it has a well-seasoned savory flavor, but also a sweet component that contrasts nicely. A great stuffing has everything to do with the ingredients you put in it.
How to Make Stuffing in a Slow Cooker
This slow cooker Thanksgiving stuffing includes salty sage sausage, two types of bread crumbs, the usual vegetables like onion and celery, and also mushrooms and sweet roasted chestnuts. It’s seasoned with salt and pepper (of course), but also has grated Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley too. All these delicious ingredients are bound together with eggs and some really good quality chicken stock. The sausage is browned and the vegetables are sautéed before mixing all the ingredients together. Once combined the stuffing comes together so nicely in a slow cooker.
Making Slow Cooker Stuffing In Advance
It’s true that you do need to cook some of these ingredients on the stovetop first before you can put it all in the slow cooker, but there’s no reason why you can’t do this a day ahead of time. All of the ingredients in the stuffing can be prepped and assembled a day in advance, except for the eggs and chicken stock. Then all you need to do on the day is stir in the eggs and chicken stock before “stuffing” everything into your pre-heated slow cooker. Yes, that’s what I said – “pre-heated slow cooker”. By letting your slow cooker warm for 30 minutes, you give the cooker a real head start. It’s much easier for the cooker to warm up when it’s empty than when it has to heat the stuffing ingredients too.
How Long to Cook Stuffing in a Slow Cooker or Crock-Pot®
After you pre-heat your slow cooker, it will only take 3 to 4 hours to cook on the Low setting. As you have been preparing the roast turkey, cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts and everything else your family loves, this delicious slow cooker Thanksgiving stuffing is finished. You might even have forgotten that you made it!
More Thanksgiving Side Dishes
If you are looking to fill out your holiday table with more delicious dishes, check out these side dish recipes:
- Balsamic Glazed Roasted Carrots
- Green Beans with Pearl Onions and Bacon
- Creamed Spinach Casserole
- Asparagus with Crispy Breadcrumbs
- Cheddar Garlic Smashed Potatoes
- Sheet Pan Dinner Rolls
- Brussels Sprouts with Horseradish Cream, Crispy Shallots and Bacon