Gathering for the holidays means so much to me. As someone who does not live near family, I always anticipate holiday gatherings. It’s about family time and comforting food for me!
When you’re preparing a large meal for many, consider moving some (or all) of your side dishes to the crockpot! Preparing your side dishes in the crockpot allows for hands-free holiday entertaining, allowing you to focus on just your main course and your guests!
I took a trip to my local Dollar General to get the items I needed for this Thanksgiving meal; Heinz Homestyle Savory Beef Gravy, Velveeta Original Loaf, and Stove Top Chicken Stuffing Mix. I was also able to grab Clover Valley Cream Cheese, Butter, Chicken Broth, Elbow Macaroni, Evaporated Milk and spices to help round out my ingredient lists.
For this crockpot meal plan, you’ll start the Crockpot Mashed Potatoes first. These potatoes will need to be started about 4 hours before your mealtime. Plan to top your creamy mashed potatoes with Heinz Homestyle Savory Beef Gravy, available at Dollar General! This ready-made gravy is smooth and robustly seasoned, and it's made with real, savory beef. You’ll save yourself a ton of work and stress, and your gravy will be guaranteed to be lump-free this year!
Next, you’ll start your Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese. This recipe uses Velveeta Original Loaf, made from aged natural cheddar cheese. We all love using Velveeta in dips, but it’s also great in soups, on sandwiches, or in pasta! I love using Velveeta cheese in this crockpot dish. When combined with Clover Valley evaporated milk, it is THE creamiest mac and cheese!
Finally, you will put together your delicious and easy Crockpot Stuffing! This recipe starts with fresh ingredients: sauteed carrots, onions, celery and diced apple. To save time, you can sauté these ingredients the day before, and store them in the refrigerator until it’s time to fire up the crockpot! Add Clover Valley Chicken Broth and Stove Top Chicken Stuffing Mix, and let the crockpot do its magic! I always use Stove Top Chicken Stuffing Mix in my Thanksgiving dressing, and so did my grandmother, whose stuffing was semi-famous! There is something special about the savory goodness of Stove Top Chicken Stuffing Mix at Thanksgiving.
You can grab everything you need for a magical, stress-free Thanksgiving feast at your local Dollar General, from recipe ingredients to decorations! Check out all of the items that Dollar General has to offer.
Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese:
1 pound Clover Valley elbow macaroni
2.5 cups whole milk
1 can (12 ounce) Clover Valley evaporated milk 1 pound (16 ounces) Velveeta Original Loaf
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon ground mustard
½ teaspoon garlic powder 1 dash hot sauce
⅛ cup butter, cubed
Prepare a 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray or a slow cooker liner. Rinse uncooked pasta in cold water, drain well.
Add uncooked pasta, milk, evaporated milk, spices and cubed butter to the crockpot. Cover and cook on low heat for 1.5 hours.
Stir and check noodles for doneness. If done, flip the crockpot to “warm.” If not, continue to cook on low in 30 minute increments, up to an additional hour.
Creamy Crockpot Mashed Potatoes:
5 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, cubed
2.5 cups Clover Valley chicken broth, low sodium 1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon black pepper
4 tablespoons Clover Valley butter
4 ounces Clover Valley cream cheese
12 ounces Heinz Homestyle Savory Beef Gravy
Add potatoes, chicken broth and spices to a 4 qt or larger crockpot. Cook on high for 3-4 hours.
Once potatoes are soft and most of the liquid is absorbed, add butter and cream cheese. Cover for 20 minutes, allowing the butter and cream cheese to soften.
Using a potato masher, mash directly in the crockpot. Taste and add additional salt and pepper if needed. Serve with Heinz Homestyle Savory Beef Gravy.
Easy Crockpot Stuffing:
1 tsp vegetable oil
2 stalks celery, diced
2 carrots, peeled, diced
1 yellow onion, peeled, diced
½ apple, cored, diced 3 cups chicken broth 4 tablespoons butter
2 packages (6 ounces each) Stove Top Chicken Stuffing Mix
In a non-stick skillet, heat oil on medium high heat.
Add celery, carrots, onion and apple. Saute for 2-3 minutes, until slightly softened.
Add vegetables and fruits to the crockpot, along with broth and butter. Heat on low heat for 1 hour, until butter is completely melted.
Add Stove Top Chicken Stuffing Mix, stir to combine. Switch the crockpot to warm until ready to serve.
This post has been sponsored by The Kraft Heinz Company. All thoughts and opinions are my own.