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Make-ahead-mashed Potatoes (slow Cooker)

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Make-ahead-Mashed Potatoes (Slow Cooker)

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2012-11-08 Other
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Let's face it, the mashed potatoes are a must at thanksgiving but are inevitably the last minute side dish ... Instead of waiting for the water to boil, using the stove when you should be making gravy, try my hassle free slow cooker recipe. I wouldn't dream of making mashed potatoes for a crowd days before and re-heating them! I was so excited to figure this one out and have many raves these are the best mashed potatoes. Hope they become a family favorite for thanksgiving.

  • Servings: 12
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hour 10 min

Ingredients:

5 lbs Sierra Gold Potatoes or 5 Lbs Red Potatoes or Russet Diced With or Without The Peel, your preference
1½ cup Water
1 cup Butter, cut into chunks
1 Tbsp Salt
1¼ tsp Garlic Powder, optional
¾ tsp Ground Black Pepper
1⅓ cups Milk, warmed

Directions:

Place the potatoes, water and butter into a 4-5 quart slow cooker.

Season with salt, garlic powder, and pepper.

Cover, and cook High for 4 - 4 1/2 hours until potatoes are fork tender.

Do not remove the excess water from slow cooker. This adds to the creamy texture.

Mash potatoes with a masher or electric beater, adding the desired amount of warm milk to achieve a creamy consistency.

May serve immediately or

Keep warm on low until serving up to 2 hours. Just keep the lid on it.

Stir before serving.

Helpful Tips:

I have made this several times. You can substitute the water with chicken broth, use less butter if desired (must use at least 1/2 cup) I'm like Paula Dean, the more butter the better :) My slow cooker has a warm setting which it automatically goes to once cooking time has been reached. Potatoes keep consistency for a couple of hours after mashing. Just keep the lid on the slow cooker until ready to serve. Keep in mind that some potatoes have a lot of starch. Yukon gold and russet potatoes work well. Another way to eliminate some of the starch is to peel, dice and soak the potatoes for 30 min. Drain, place in crockpot and continue with the recipe.