MISSION, KS--(Marketwired - Oct 27, 2016) - (Family Features) This year, skip the overloaded oven and put your slow cooker to good use with these seven recipes. Classic sides and desserts can be slow-cooked to perfection, delivering the nostalgic flavors and aromas of your childhood Thanksgiving with less fuss.

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1. Slow Cooker Sausage Stuffing - Italian sausage, sage and rosemary combine in the slow cooker with French bread for a flavorful, aromatic stuffing.

2. Slow Cooker Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows - A clever version of a beloved favorite. Cook sweet potatoes in the slow cooker with cinnamon and nutmeg then mash and top with mini marshmallows.

3. Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce - Made with just five ingredients, a slow cooker full of cranberries is infused with sugar, cinnamon, bay leaves and an orange.

4. Slow Cooker Creamed Corn with Ricotta, Rosemary and Bacon  - This hearty side combines sweet corn, rich ricotta cheese and bacon with a blend of rosemary, thyme, paprika and onion powder. Add a touch of cayenne pepper for a kick of heat.

5. Slow Cooker Chocolate Pecan Pie Cake - Chocolate cake, infused with cinnamon and vanilla, provides the base for a sweet and crunchy pecan pie topping. Top it with ice cream for some melty goodness.

6. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Sauce - Chocolate chip pumpkin-spiced cake is topped with a sticky caramel sauce for an ooey-gooey, decadent dessert.

7. Slow Cooker Oatmeal Apple Cobbler - Celebrate the flavors of the season with fresh apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and oats, creating a nostalgic cobbler right from the slow cooker.

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