During the holidays, using your slow cooker not only frees up oven space, but time, too! Sweet potatoes are a must on our family menu, and this no-fuss version will have everyone thinking you spent hours in the kitchen.—Pamela Allen, Marysville, Ohio
Orange peel and pineapple juice lend a fruity flavor to this super chicken and sweet potato combo. Served over rice, this appealing entree is bound to win you compliments. —Vicki Smith, Okeechobee, Florida
For a wonderful holiday meal with only a fraction of the work, consider Deborah Randall's savory submission. "This special slow-cooked dinner is delicious," she writes from Abbeville, Louisiana. "I serve it with green beans and French bread."
The addition of black beans and vegetables adds hearty protein and fiber to this tasty side dish. For a Southwestern twist, add a handful or two of chopped cooked ham or chorizo sausage and replace the peas with 1 cup of frozen, thawed corn.—Erin Chilcoat, Smithtown, New York
I love potatoes but hate the work involved in making mashed potatoes from scratch. I came up with this simple side dish that was made even easier thanks to my slow cooker. The best part is I can use the leftover broth for soup the next day!—Katie Hagy, Blacksburg, South Carolina
It's a cinch to jazz up instant mashed potatoes with sour cream and cream cheese, then cook and serve them from a slow cooker. For a special touch, sprinkle the perfect-for-party time potatoes with chopped fresh chives, canned French-fried onions or fresh grated Parmesan cheese.—Donna Bardocz, Howell, Michigan
Quick to assemble, this is a simple recipe I’ve cooked many times. Stir in hot sauce if you like a bit of heat. I also like to top the finished dish with a sprinkling of shredded cheddar cheese. —Cindi Hayward-Boger, Ardmore, Alabama
"These rich and creamy potatoes are simple to prepare for potlucks," reports Gloria Schroeder, a mother of three from Ottawa Lake, Michigan. "This saucy side dish always gets rave reviews wherever I take it."
From her home in Golden Meadow, Louisiana, Linda Bernard jazzes up sliced potatoes with mushrooms, onions, canned soup and cheese to create this versatile side dish. With its comforting flavor, it's a nice accompaniment to most meats.