Saturday, November 22, 2014
Crockpot Mashed Potatoes
Best Ever Mashed Potatoes prepared in a crockpot! They are rich and creamy with the perfect texture and flavor. A decadent side dish fit for a special occasion with a simple recipe that makes them easy enough to make any night of the week.
I am a potato lover through and through. Last week I shared my Best Ever Mashed Potatoes and immediately my email was flooded with requests for a slow cooker version. You may be wondering what the big deal is. Why can't you just make them on the stovetop? Well, you certainly can make it on the stovetop. But, I completely understand the passion surrounding crockpot recipes.
I have started using my slow cookers more and more. I have 4 and I actually just bought a new one on Amazon. It's a perfect size 5-quart that comes with a 2 cup food warmer. I couldn't resist. Hello, warm queso! I love the convenience of preparing dinner in a slow cooker. Some of our most popular recipes are crockpot recipes. When we polled our Facebook Insiders group you overwhelmingly asked for more slow cooker recipes, and we are certainly delivering. Check back this week for more fabulous slow cooker Thanksgiving sides.
Speaking of which, Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I can not think of a better time for crockpot mashed potatoes. If there is ever a meal that calls for slow cookers, it is certainly Thanksgiving. Whether you are preparing a feast and could use the extra space on the stove or if you are bringing a dish to a potluck style dinner, this recipe is absolutely perfect.
This recipe begins quite simply by cooking the potatoes in butter for 3 hours. Then add in all of the fabulously decadent ingredients. This is no ordinary recipe. The are our Best Ever Mashed Potatoes transformed into an incredible crockpot recipe.
Perfectly thick and creamy mashed potatoes with little chunks of potato throughout. This recipe is made with cream cheese, sour cream, heavy cream, and butter these potatoes are certainly fit for a special occasion but are simple enough to be whipped up any night. A hint of garlic gives these potatoes the perfect flavor and trust me your family will be begging for them again and again.
With love from our Simple Kitchen to yours.
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Crockpot Mashed Potatoes
SERVES 12 | ACTIVE TIME 20 Min | TOTAL TIME 3 Hours 20 Minutes
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
5 pounds red potatoes, washed and cut into 1/2" pieces
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup milk
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
1-2 teaspoons kosher salt (to taste)1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Butter inside of crock with butter and leave remaining butter on the bottom of the dish. Add potatoes and cover. Cook on high 3 hours or 5-6 hours on low.
Remove cover, once potatoes are fork tender (meaning they break apart when you put a fork into a potato), add milk and cream. Mash with potato masher until desired consistency is reached. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
Serve and enjoy!
COOK'S NOTE: I prefer my potatoes a little chunky, but mash until you like them. If you prefer them extra fluffy, you can use an electric mixer at about half power for about 2 minutes. Do not overmix. Then stir and scrape down the sides, and then mix for another minute.
To make ahead. Prepare ahead and refrigerate. Place in slow cooker, on low, the day you wish to serve 2-4 hours before hand. Add 1/2 cup milk and stir. Cover and stir occasionally. Add more milk as needed.
You may keep potatoes in the slow cooker warming, occasionally stir them and add milk as necessary.
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