January 4, 2012

Ultimate Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Do you know that my Mom pretty much made our entire Thanksgiving Dinner by herself  and she didn't even forget any of our favorites like homemade rolls, stuffing from scratch, layered jello salad, green been casserole, homemade pies and so on and so on?  All I brought was Sweet Potato Casserole and a banana cream pie.  Don't ask me how she did it?  

Why am I talking about old news?  Because she made these AMAZING potatoes that were done in the crockpot.  She told me she was going to try these and I was a little skeptical, but they turned out so good and everyone kept commenting on  how good the potatoes were.  They are creamy and flavorful and so stinkin easy.  Guess What?  They have Sour Cream in them - oh yeah!  

I couldn't wait to get my hands on that recipe.  Potatoes are one of my favorite things to eat.  I love that you don't have to worry about keeping these warm while you finish dinner, because you can just leave them in the crockpot until ready to serve!  You can make these as chunky or as creamy as you like!  I bet you never boil potatoes again after trying this recipe!

Ultimate Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
adapted from:  Sharon H.   
(Printable Recipe)

5 Lbs. baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 1/2 c. chicken broth
1/4 c. butter, cut into chunks
1 c. sour cream
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 - 1 c. milk, warmed

Place potatoes in a 4 to 5 quart slow cooker.  Add the chicken broth and butter.  Cover and cook on High heat setting for 4 - 4 1/2 hours or until potatoes are tender.  Add remaining ingredients, except milk.  Mash potatoes using a potato masher or beat with an electric mixture until well blended.  Do not overmix.  Stir in enough milk for desired creamy consistency.  Cover and keep warm on low or warm heat setting until serving time, up to 2 hours.  Stir before serving.  These can also be cooked on low for 8 hours.  Yield: about 20 (1/2 cup) servings.  

Jenn's Notes:  Make sure you allow these enough time to cook, so they will mash properly.  I also stirred the potatoes every once in a while.  I personally can eat more than 1/2 cup of potatoes, so make sure and adjust the serving size as needed.  So good!   


  1. Mashed potatoes are one of those staples that I LOVE to eat, but never cook myself. They are always better when Mom's make them. :)

  2. I would have never thought to make mashed potatoes in a slow cooker!! Very smart

  3. This is great...several years ago a family member made mashed potatoes in the crock pot and well not so good. I'm keeping this one and will be featuring you soon on Home Cooking. Thanks Jenn.

  4. That's because your mom is an amazing cook! I will have to try these because I do not like regular mashed potatoes but these sound yummy.

  5. OMGoodness!!! This is such a great idea! I will definitely have to try this one night!

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  6. This looks so yummy!!! I can't wait to try them!

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  7. I cannot wait to try this!!! Thanks for sharing it, I found the link at Thrifty Thursday! Hugs ~ Mary

  8. Slow-cooker mashed potatoes...I can't believe I never thought of this!

    These look and sound sooo yummy!

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  9. Now your talking my kind of talk. I have never heard of crock pot mashed potatoes, but I've printed out the recipe and I WILL be making. My hubs loves mashed potatoes, and the next day I like to crisp them up in the pan for breakfast. Tomorrow I'm gonna make the best chewy chocolate chip cookies and down it with Nutella hot chocolate. Thanks for always sharing your recipes at Sunday's Best!

  10. Jenn, I am definitely trying this next Thanksgiving! Why didn't I think of it?! I love my crock pot. Bet I could even adjust it to make my regular mashed potato recipe by cooking the potatoes in just water and scooping them out of the crock with a slotted spoon, then proceed like usual. Genius!

  11. I made these for dinner tonight. I made a smaller portion so I kind of had to guess on the broth and ended up putting more in. I also made sailsbury steak in another crock pot and did not want to heat up my kitchen on this hot summer day so I decided to do these potatoes. Not sad I did!!! Instead of the seasoning I used a creole salt mix and they turned out AWESOME!!! Thanks so much for posting this recipe!!!

    1. Sounds amazing!! I actually have some creole salt mix - I'll have to try that next time. - Jenn


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