Thanksgiving Day is this week. Families all over the United States will prepare huge meals and that almost always includes mashed potatoes. Mashed potatoes from scratch is a lot of work and can put a real kink in trying to put everything on the table in a timely manner. But, what if you could prepare the dish ahead of time and allow it to cook in your slow cooker?
Mashed potatoes might not be what you’d immediately think of for a slow cooker dish, but they are perfectly suited to a crock pot. My crock pot is one of the bigger ones, so I use three pounds of potatoes for this recipe. If you have a smaller crock pot or smaller group to feed, try using two pounds instead and cutting other ingredients by a third (give or take).
- 3 Pounds Potatoes Russet turn a strange color, which is what I used. I think red potatoes would work better for this recipe but if you want that white potato look/taste, perhaps the Yukon potatoes would work best. I'll experiment with those next.
- 1 Cup Canned Chicken Broth
- 1/2 Stick Butter
- 1/4 Cup Sour Cream
- 1/2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream can sub whole milk
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Pepper
- 1/4 Cup Chives optional
Wash, peel and cut potatoes into cubes.
Place potatoes in crock pot.
Add chicken broth (can use water if no broth on hand, but they taste better cooked in broth).
Cook on low for 6-7 hours (or until potatoes are tender). You can leave them on warm for an hour or so if needed to coordinate with the rest of your dinner.
Add butter and allow it to melt slightly.
Add whipping cream/milk, salt, and pepper.
Beat with a handheld mixer until potatoes are mashed and creamy. You can use a hand masher, but that sort of negates the whole point of saving energy cooking the potatoes. Plus, I don't like the consistency they give.
Stir in sour cream. You can add some chives, too, if you desire, but they are completely optional.
As you can see, the recipe may not necessary be “easier” than traditional oven-top potatoes, but they will allow you to work on other things without as much supervision over the boiling pot. You’ll also have less cleanup as everything is in a single crock pot.
One note: Although I love the Reynold’s Slow Cooker Liners, I do not recommend them for this particular dish as you’ll be taking the mixer into the crock pot and it can rip the liner and create a mess. You’ll have to put a little old fashioned elbow grease into the cleanup, but if you run hot water in the crock and add a bit of dish soap, it should wash up very easily.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving, everyone!