Potluck Sides You Can Make in a Slow Cooker
Free up space in your oven with these low-maintenance party dishes.
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The Baked Beans That Go with Almost Anything
Beans are a potluck classic, easily complementing everything from pulled pork to burgers to meatloaf. Instead of the predictable barbecued red kidney beans, though, this recipe calls for gigantes (they're large white beans similar to limas), in a flavorful, Mediterranean-inspired tomato sauce with celery and carrots. The slow cooker turns them tender but not mushy, and then right before serving, you stir in crumbled feta cheese, which adds a pleasant tang (though you can also serve it on the side for guests to add as they'd like).
Get the recipe: Giant Beans in Tomato Sauce