Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner. I love everything about it. The smells, the little nibbles as people walk through the kitchen…being surrounded by family. It’s probably my most favorite meal of the year. With that being said, it’s also the most time consuming meal of the year. There is a ton of preparation and cooking that goes into serving this amazing meal. Not to mention, that while the cooking is happening, somehow you must manage to get yourself “dressed to impressed” (as well as all the little people in your house), set the table, tidy the living room and… well, you get the point.
I’m a HUGE fan of finding ways to maximize my time and energy when cooking, especially on busy days like Thanksgiving. One way I do this is to make my mashed potatoes in the crock pot.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 5 pounds red potatoes, washed and cut into one inch pieces
- 2 teaspoons salt
- ½ teaspoons black pepper
- 6 Tablespoons real butter, cut into pieces
- 3 Tablespoons minced garlic
- ½ cup water
- 4oz cream cheese
- ½ cup milk
- crock pot liner (optional)
The first thing I do is line my crock pot with a crock pot liner (such as these on Amazon for $5.99). I absolutely LOVE these liners. I always keep them on hand. If you don’t have any, go buy them… you won’t be sorry!
Add the diced potatoes, salt, pepper, butter, minced garlic and water. Toss well. Cook the potatoes on high for 3.5 – 4 hours (until potatoes are fork tender).
When potatoes are ready, add cream cheese and milk. Use a potato masher to mash-up the potatoes to your preference.
Scoop potatoes into your favorite serving dish, toss that liner in the trash and enjoy!
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