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I think crockpot side dishes are a genius way to ease the stress of preparing a big holiday meal.
I’ve learned a thing or two about planning and cooking meals for big crowds.
More than 15 years ago I started a lunch program during the English as a Second Language classes with the Mennonite community I work with. The families needed to be bussed in from all around the rural area – and it makes great use of time to feed them a hot lunch and have a full day of learning – vs. trying to bus everyone home by lunchtime.
On a weekly basis, I planned a meal for 60 to 70 people.
I chose and scaled the recipes, did the shopping and then cooked all morning with a team of wonderful volunteers. It was so much fun!
In the early days, I was a secretly hopeless cook – but I faked it until I made it and learned a ton.
One thing I learned early on was to plan the meals around the equipment available.
If the main dish was on the stovetop – compliment that with a side dish in the oven and then serve something that didn’t need cooking with it. Pretty basic stuff – but it was something I hadn’t yet mastered.
Planning a holiday meal can be made more simply by thinking in the same way. Use all the equipment available, and also spread out the time that things are being prepped.
That’s where this list comes in. While the turkey roasts in the oven, crockpot side dish recipes can help balance both your menu and how you spend the day in the kitchen.
My favourite way to host a big holiday meal is for everyone to pitch in a bring a dish, while the host roasts the turkey.
Bringing a slow cooker side dish to the hosts home makes sure that your plan for preparation doesn’t interfere with whatever else is being cooked. Just bring your crockpot side dish, already prepared, and plug it in and you’re officially a terrific guest!
Here’s a delicious collection of holiday crockpot side dishes for you to make your holiday meal prep simpler…
20+ Crockpot Side Dishes for a More Simple Holiday Meal
There are so many fabulous things to feed our families during the Holidays!
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