Crockpot Mashed Potatoes
Well, I wish I had figured this one out years ago. I’ve always gone to the boxed potatoes because making my own real mashed potatoes was reserved for Thanksgiving. And who am I kidding? My mom made them at that time. So, for a special occasion a few months ago, I decided to make REAL mashed potatoes. And to be honest I was dreading it. It makes such a mess and the steps all have to be accomplished when you’re trying to entertain or accomplish other tasks for dinner. I might be weird, but that usually means I’m not participating in whatever recipe requires that.
Ironically, earlier that week I had made a roast. And like all good roasts in the crockpot I had thrown in some potatoes and carrots to steam together with the juices of the roast. A light bulb went off that very moment. Why don’t I just try to make crockpot mashed potatoes- and THEN use my electric hand mixer to blend them. It could all be done ahead of time to make the entire dinner so much easier!
Genius, I tell you. Sometimes I surprise myself. But then again, maybe everyone but me knew about this trick. Just in case there’s a few of you out there like me, I just had to share.
So, because my guests were my family, I decided to give it a try on the very night I would be serving the mashed potatoes.
I first peeled all the potatoes. I personally like the skins, but my dad does not. This is how much I love you dad!!
I sprayed my crockpot with cooking spray and then filled the crockpot with the potatoes after cutting them into fourths. I poured about a cup of water over them. (You could also use chicken broth if you have it on hand and want to be fancy.) I set my crockpot to high and cooked them for about four hours.
You could cut your potatoes smaller to lower the cooking time. It’s really fool proof.
After the crockpot mashed potatoes were done, I turned the crockpot off and let them sit until just before dinner time. I poured in some warmed milk (cold milk would cool the potatoes) and some butter and sour cream. Honestly, I didn’t measure a thing. I turned on my hand mixer and in a few minutes – mashed potatoes! Don’t be afraid to taste and add more butter or salt. They were so good!
This was just about as easy as making them from the box and they’re homemade! Score another point for the crockpot!
- Sour Cream
- Clean the potatoes. You can skin them at this point if you prefer.
- Spray your crockpot with cooking spray.
- Cut the potatoes into fourths.
- Add the potatoes to the crockpot and pour 1 cup of water over them.
- Turn the crockpot on low and cook for 5 hours or high for 3 hours.
- When the potatoes are fully cooked, add warmed milk, sour cream, butter and salt to your liking. Using a hand mixer, beat the potatoes. (Don't beat them for too long or they will become gummy.)
- Serve immediately.