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Monday, November 12, 2012

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

What could be better than a big, delicious Thanksgiving dinner with family? How about a virtual Thanksgiving dinner with some awesome bloggers? I'm thrilled to be a part of this, and I'm sure you'll find a lot of fantastic recipes to help you out this Thanksgiving!

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes at #slowcooker #easyrecipes

Besides the turkey, one of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes is mashed potatoes. Light, fluffy, and covered in butter and/or gravy... unless you're on a diet, how can you say no? A great thing about this recipe is that it's all made in the slow cooker, not to mention having free stove and oven space to get the rest of your meal put together, plus less dishes to wash. That's really what matters when you're the cook, right?

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
recipe adapted from Pillsbury
  • 5 lbs potatoes, peeled* and cut into 1 inch chunks {I used Russet potatoes}
    *Peeling is optional. I didn't peel mine, and they turned out great.
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt {to taste}
  • 1-2 teaspoons garlic salt or powder {to taste}
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 - 1 cup milk, warmed
  1. Place potatoes, chicken broth and butter in a 4-5 quart slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on High setting for 4 - 4 1/2 hours or until potatoes are tender. You can also cook on Low setting for 8 hours.
  3. Mash potatoes and add in remaining ingredients except the milk. You can use a hand masher, or I used an electric hand mixer to combine all ingredients. Do not overmix, or your potatoes will become gluey.
  4. Slowly stir in milk until desired consistency.
  5. Cover and keep at low or warm for up to two hours. You may need to add in a little more milk if you wait to serve it so they don't dry out.
Check out more from our virtual Thanksgiving dinner:
Leaf Placecard Tutorial at One Artsy Mama

Cheeseball Appetizer at Create.Craft.Love (left)
and Hot Cheese Dip and Cracker Tray at Jessie Street Designs (right)

Tips For Cooking a Perfect Turkey at Ladybird Ln. (left)
and Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes at Artsy Fartsy Mama (right)

Save oven space with Repeat Crafter Me's Crock Pot Green Bean Casserole (left)
Cranberry Marshmallow Salad at Happy Hour Projects (center)
Cheddar Tea Biscuits at Becoming Martha (right)

Classic Warm Apple Crisp at Chase the Star (left)
Seven Alive's Favorite Pumpkin Pie (right)

Turkey Cookies at Bear Rabbit Bear Crafts (left)
Pilgrim Hat Cookies at Wait Til Your Father Gets Home (right)

I hope you enjoyed this recipe round up, and that you check out my friends' favorites today too!
What's your favorite Thanksgiving recipe?

Would you like to comment?

  1. Those look amazing, Lindsay! I have to say, the potatoes are my favorite part of the meal! I'm going to have Kyle try this recipe!! Great job!!

  2. Lindsay... these look so good. I think I might need to make some this week (because on Thanksgiving I have to share, LOL).

  3. Lindsay, I so have to try this. Cooking mashed potatoes like this would definitely ease up on some of the Thanksgiving meal prep stress. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. This is a great idea for a potluck, too! Thanks!

  5. Lindsay! How did you know that I just signed up to bring the mashed potatoes to Thanksgiving dinner?? I can't wait to try this out. Now I am off to find out how many people can be fed by 5 lbs of potatoes. Thank you!!!

  6. Can you come over on the 22nd and bring some of these? :) Mmmmmmm! And I'm all about slow cooker foods. So excited to be celebrating with you today, sweet friend!

  7. I got so hungry just from looking at this photos. I love your blog. I'm adding to my following blogs.

  8. I'm sure this will sound bizarre, but I am terrified of mashed potatoes (making them, not eating them). I had the gluey experience once and I swear have never made them again. I am DEFINITELY trying this method. Thank you , thank you, thank you. And my husband thanks you!

  9. You know I love anything that can be made in the crock pot :) Awesome recipe that I must try very soon!

  10. I stopped peeling potatoes a long time ago and I'm so much more willing to make mashed potatoes now!! I love the idea of cooking them in the slow cooker with broth, I bet that just makes them so much more flavorful!!

  11. I'd eat mashed potatoes every day if I could! I'm loving the simplicity of this recipe too...pinning!!

  12. Girl, diet or not, I am not going to pass these up! What a great idea! Can't wait to try them next week! Giving it a pin!
    Barbara at Chase the Star

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  14. Everything just looks soooo darn yummy Lindsay!!! ESPECIALLY the slow cooker potatoes!!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

  15. This post seriously makes me so excited. I love the mashed potatoes idea! Genius!

  16. I love anything that frees up a burner on the stove when I'm making a company dinner. Thanks for sharing this good idea.

  17. thank you for linking this in to Food on Friday. We are now getting quite a collection of potato dishes together. Do stop by some of the other links to check them out!

    I have just signed up to follow your blog. A follow back to Carole's Chatter would be wonderful – or have you already followed? Cheers

    Ps If you would like email reminders of future Food on Fridays, just pop by and comment and include your email - I won't publish it - and the reminder will be by bcc so it will remain private


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