Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mashed Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

If you can't tell, this is a picture of mashed potatoes in my slow cooker. :)

This is genius.  I feel like the last 20 minutes before Thanksgiving dinner is always a mad dash.  There seems to be 30 different things to do in just those last few minutes.  The rolls need to be baked, the turkey needs to be carved, the gravy made, the potatoes mashed, things taken to the table...
  Maybe it's just me, but I always feel like I have dinner under control until those few moments and I start to feel like a lunatic.  When I saw this recipe a few days ago I couldn't help but share.  It says you can do all the prep the day before and then just put it in your slow cooker the next morning.  I am not sure I would do that since fridge space seems to be hard to come by, but I would definitely love to not worry about the mashed potatoes in those last few crucial moments.  I love that these are ready whenever you need them.  

This recipe is very similar to our regular Mashed Potatoes so I knew it would be a hit.  They did get a little crunchy around the edges but you can just serve around that and be fine.  For sure, worth not having to make them at the last minute or having to use your much needed oven to keep them warm.  Give yourself one less thing to do right before dinner and throw your potatoes in the crock pot, unless you are making Candied Yams in it already. ;) 

Mashed Potatoes in the Slow Cooker
From: Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Recipes for Entertaining
5 lbs russet or red potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 ½ in chunks
8 oz cream cheese, softened
¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1 cup sour cream
½ cup hot milk
1  ¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp ground pepper

In a large saucepan, cover potatoes with salted water, cover and simmer until tender.  Drain and add to mixer with all ingredients except milk.  Whip together.  Add milk slowly to desired consistency.  Transfer to slow cooker and cook on low for 5-6 hours.  Serve hot.  Serves 12

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