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Slow Cooker Stuffing For Turkey. Introducing you to the Milners version of the best ever slow cooker stuffing. The homemade stuffing ingredients are dumped into the slow cooker and it is ideal if you’re looking for an easy make ahead slow cooker stuffing recipe.
Slow Cooker Stuffing For Turkey is an update of my best ever slow cooker stuffing recipe that I originally published on the blog back in 2016.
Best Ever Slow Cooker Stuffing
I must admit that my best ever slow cooker stuffing was a long time coming. This is because until I created this homemade slow cooker stuffing for turkey recipe, I had never ever made my own stuffing.
It was a case (like many other people) that I was way too lazy and it was just easier to turn to the packet stuff and not actually make it myself.
It was just easy. When you think that for packet stuffing that you just add water and a little bit of butter, mix it well and then you have stuffing ready to eat, you can see why I took the easy way out.
Though I am sure I am not alone, and that millions of people will be turning for the packet stuff each time they eat a turkey or chicken roast dinner.
Looking back, it tasted absolutely horrible compared to the real thing. So back in 2016 when we originally published our slow cooker stuffing for turkey recipe, I made my own homemade stuffing for the first time.
It was truly stunning and the best ever slow cooker stuffing. I have since tweaked it and made it even better and now I just can’t stop eating it.
Before Dominic would avoid the turkey stuffing saying that it wasn’t very nice from a packet and now, he is like me and tucking into it, wishing there was MORE.
When we had our slow cooker stuffing for turkey recently, there was lots leftover as we were cooking lots of other things and I turned into a teenager.
Fridge door open, with a teaspoon helping myself to the slow cooker stuffing because it even tasted good cold! That is when you know you have created the best ever slow cooker stuffing for turkey!
Slow Cooker Stuffing With Sausage
When I make my slow cooker stuffing cooking it with sausage is essential. It gives it that amazing, stuffing flavour and best of all you can choose the quality level of the sausage that you use.
Many of my mums’ friends buy the cheap sausage meat that is sold in the freezers of our local English supermarket.
This is the exact same sausage meat that they use to make homemade air fryer sausage rolls or scotch eggs.
Its easy to cook with and you can just dump it into the slow cooker. You can also use your favourite sausages and simply remove the skin from the sausage.
Our slow cooker stuffing with sausage also includes:
- Almost stale crusty bread
Many slow cooker stuffing recipes call for celery. Personally, I don’t like celery in my slow cooker stuffing and instead use leeks.
They have a better texture once cooked and give a wonderful flavour to your slow cooker stuffing.
Slow Cooker Stuffing – Make Ahead
The main reason why I started making my stuffing in the slow cooker is the ability to make ahead.
You can truly forget about your stuffing, make it ahead of everything else and then let it cook for you in the background.
When it is Christmas or Thanksgiving there is so many other sides that you want to focus on you can at least say that your stuffing is in the slow cooker and that you can forget about it.
You can make ahead your slow cooker stuffing the day before and store it in the fridge inside your slow cooker or in a bowl.
Then when you want to cook your stuffing, throw the ingredients into your slow cooker and leave it to it.
Even better, you could turn the slow cooker off and it will keep warm for a couple of hours before serving.
When I make my slow cooker stuffing, I make it in the morning and let it cook on low ready for dinner later in the day.
Though if it is ready before it is time to eat, I feel like I am going through torture as I want to eat it straight away, as that smell drives me crazy.
How To Make Slow Cooker Stuffing?
Making slow cooker stuffing is so easy. Can I just say that we dump everything into the slow cooker and then wait until that lovely smell of stuffing takes over your kitchen?
As that to me is just how easy it is to make slow cooker stuffing for your turkey.
- Start by prepping your ingredients. I love to use day old bread rolls as they have a better crust on them and make the best bread for stuffing. Then as they have gone a little hard you can easily slice them into chunks. If you don’t like leek you can add extra onion.
- Throw everything in. You can throw the ingredients into the slow cooker as you prep and then mix everything together once you have finished prepping it all. I like to season my slow cooker stuffing with thyme but you could use parsley, sage or rosemary.
- That is it. There is literally no more to it. The butter is the magical ingredient as it soaks into the butter and sausage meat and makes it taste stunning. You also don’t need a huge amount of butter in your slow cooker stuffing.
More Roast Dinner Sides
In the Milner house when we have roast dinner, Dominic cooks the meat and I make the sides. We make a wonderful team in the kitchen and thanks to the kitchen gadgets it all feels effortless.
Here are a few other side dishes that you can add to your next roast dinner to go with the slow cooker stuffing for turkey.
- Air Fryer Roast Potatoes – Cooked with rosemary and a little extra virgin olive oil, these roast potatoes are my favourite.
- Instant Pot Cauliflower Mash – Throw a cauliflower into your Instant Pot and you have a healthy side dish.
- Instant Pot Brussel Sprouts Gratin – Roast dinners are not the same without vegetables in a cheese sauce. This is a must and it might even impress the sprout haters.
Slow Cooker Stuffing For Turkey
- Using a vegetable knife chop your bread rolls into small chunks.
- Peel and thinly slice your onion.
- Slice and clean your leeks.
- Slice your butter into small chunks.
- Load everything into the slow cooker and using your hands mix together and then create a large ball of stuffing mix in your slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.
- Stir halfway through as it stops the stuffing sticking and helps keep it all mixed.