There’s no need to start panicking about limited oven space when planning your big family Thanksgiving dinner! Put your slow cooker and stove top to work with these eight tried and true family favorites. Get cooking done the efficient way with these Thanksgiving side dishes that take up no oven space.
Amish Egg Noodles
My very own Amish egg noodles are a classic comfort food and they’re very low maintenance. Once they’ve come to a boil on the stove, you remove them from the heat and let them set for 30 minutes, freeing up space in the kitchen when you’re the most busy.
6 tablespoons butter, divided
28 ounces chicken broth
1 chicken bouillon cube
12 ounces extra wide egg noodles
1 tsp. parsley flakes
salt and pepper, to taste
In a large pan, brown two tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Pour the chicken stock and bouillon cube into the pan and bring to a boil. Add the egg noodles to the chicken stock and return to a boil. Cover the pot and remove from the heat. Let the noodles set for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so. If you notice a lot of liquid left in the pot, test a noodle to be certain they are done to your liking. If they’re not quite done, return to the heat until the liquid has evaporated and the noodles are done. If the noodles are done to your liking, just drain the liquid away.
Top with the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. (Be wary of adding too much salt as the stock and bouillon tends to be salty on it’s own.)
Serve immediately or leave in the pan, covered, until ready to serve. These will stay warm for 20 more minutes or so with no problems.
Slow Cooker Cranberry Chutney
This Cranberry Chutney cooks right in your crockpot, freeing up valuable space on the stove and in the oven. It’s delicious served warm, cold, or room temperature, making it a versatile, no fuss dish to pair with your turkey.
Waffle Iron Winter Squash
If you thought your waffle iron was only for breakfast, you were wrong! There’s no need to try squeezing yet another roasting pan in your oven. Just lightly oil and toss your sliced squash right on your waffle iron. The maple chipotle glaze will add an addicting sweet and spicy flavor that you won’t be able to get enough of.
Charred Green Beans with Garlic and Pomegranate Seeds
Taking around 10 minutes to cook, these charred green beans are a quick side that will wow your dinner guests. The bright greens pair beautifully with the ruby red pomegranate seeds, making this a stand out dish that’s not to be missed.
Pear and Gorgonzola Quinoa Salad
This quinoa salad makes a nutritious side dish that’s packed with juicy pears and gorgonzola and topped off with a simple dressing. Prepare everything in advance and toss it all together just before serving.
Slow Cooker Corn Pudding
This corn pudding recipe takes a classic Thanksgiving side dish out of the oven and pops it in the slow cooker. Kids and adults alike will love this sweet corn pudding.
Chopped Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries, Pecans, & Blue Cheese
The Brussels sprouts in this quick dish are chopped and served raw, with toasted pecans, dried cranberries, and crumbled blue cheese. The salad gets drizzled with a simple apple cider and dijon mustard dressing to add a punch of flavor..
Rudy’s Creamed Corn
This recipe has you tossing sweet corn into a slow cooker alongside plenty of cream cheese, butter, and heavy cream for a side dish that’s sure to please. As the cream cheese and butter melts, it coats the sweet corn in a rich gravy that you’ll be craving every Thanksgiving from here on out.