I can’t believe it’s time again for another Crazy Cooking Challenge! This month’s challenge is mashed potatoes. I searched throughout the blog world for the perfect recipe and of course I found way too many! But when I came across this Slow Cooker Mashed Potato recipe at Real Mom Kitchen, I knew I had to try it.
With an unbelievably busy toddler running around the house all day, I don’t always have as much time as I would like to prepare dinner. And I mean busy.
I climb on a dining room chair to kill a spider and I pretty much immediately hear splashing. I turn around quickly assuming he is a few feet away, playing in the cat’s water. But he’s not there. Then I have a brief moment of panic as I realize he is instead playing in the toilet. Awesome. So then I wash his hands with lots of soap as I sing “Happy Birthday” twice (that’s how long you should wash your hands…especially if you’re a grubby toddler).
By the time this scenario has wrapped up, I’ve completely forgotten what I was originally doing. Such is life with a little man I suppose. Now you understand my immediate attraction to this recipe, don’t you?
Not only are they perfect for busy weeknights but they are just begging to sit on your holiday table. When your stovetop is full to the brim, all you have to do is plug in the slow cooker and you’re good to go.
The sour cream provided a great creaminess and tanginess that went perfect with the pot roast I made as the main dish. I think they would be amazing with some roasted garlic mixed in at the point when the milk is added. Mmmm, garlic.
So to wrap it up, super creamy, ridiculously easy and perfect for any day of the week.
- 5 lb. baking potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1/4 cup butter, cut into chunks*
- 1 cup sour cream (I used light sour cream)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 to 1 cup milk, warmed
- In 4- to 5-quart slow cooker, place potatoes, chicken broth and butter.
- Cover; cook on High heat setting 4 hours to 4 hours 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
- Add remaining ingredients except milk. Mash, crush or smash potatoes using potato masher, or beat with electric mixer on low speed 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 and you may need to mix in additional milk if potatoes have stiffened while on the warm or low setting.
- *I may have added more butter...
November 7, 2011 at 11:19 am
Oooh, I haven’t tried mashed potatoes in the slow cooker before, but with our busy schedule, these are going to the top of my to-make list. Awesome!
November 7, 2011 at 11:30 am
Hey Meg !
I’m Chef Corey from Family Fresh Meals. Love me some mashed potatoes!! And with a vegetarian husband, we have them often 🙂 I just started a new recipe Linky called Sunday Funday: Recipe of the Week.This recipe would be perfect for the first week theme CROCKPOT. Each week will be a new theme. Once this Sunday Funday gets going, I would LOVE to do a random gift card giveaway each week. But I am going to need a good amount of posts to start that, so come join the fun each week. At the end of the week, a recipe/blog will be picked at random to be the featured recipe for the following week. Hope you stop by and join!
XO Chef Corey
November 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm
I added these mashed potatoes! I love linky parties!
November 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm
So awesome Meg! Thanks 🙂 My husband saw your post and is requesting your potatoes for Wednesday’s dinner 🙂 heheh
November 7, 2011 at 11:58 am
I had to skip out on the cooking challenge this month, but I’m checking out the recipes anyway. These look like something I’d love-if it wasn’t for our slow cooker, my family would go hungry sometimes!
November 7, 2011 at 12:19 pm
Hello, Fellow Challenger! This is a perfect recipe for the solar oven, as well, so you can bet I’m going to try it! I’m #35. Come visit when you can.
November 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm
We did mashed potatoes in the slow cooker at last year’s family Christmas. It makes cooking a large meal so much easier!
November 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm
Never thought to make potatoes in the slow cooker but what a wonderful and easy thing to do, great recipe.
If you haven’t already I’d love for you to check out my Crazy Cooking Challenge entry Aloo Tikki
Cook Lisa Cook
November 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm
I have never cooked potatoes in chicken broth. What a great idea. I have never thought of putting the potatoes in a slow cooker! Another great idea!
November 7, 2011 at 3:13 pm
Love your photos! I need to make some mashed potatoes in the crockpot! yum! Great Choice for THE CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE!!
November 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm
November 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm
This is a wonderful idea, making mashed potatoes in a slow cooker. Isn’t it silly how we need someone to tell us about these wonderful techniques. Thanks for sharing it with me. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Are you having mashed potatoes for dinner?
November 7, 2011 at 4:16 pm
Great recipe making them in the slow cooker, never did it that way before but now I’ll have to give it a try! 🙂
November 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm
These Slow Cooker Potatoes look awesome! Great recipe for the Crazy Cooking Challenge, it looks delicious! Hope you are having a great day.
November 7, 2011 at 5:35 pm
I think I will give these a try. I’ve never made mashed potatoes in the slow cooker. They look yummy! Thanks for sharing.
November 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm
I love anything you can make in a slow cooker (which I why I chose to do my crazy cooking challenge recipe in one as well #76). These look great!
November 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm
I think I’d have to swap out the sour cream for cream cheese, but I love the idea, and they sound great!
November 7, 2011 at 8:21 pm
I love crockpot recipes and this one is wonderful — so easy and the perfect accompaniment to a dinner.
November 7, 2011 at 8:50 pm
I’ve never tried making mashed potatoes in a slow cooker! They look so creamy!
November 7, 2011 at 10:05 pm
Haha – my oldest, who is now 23, used to play in the toilet all the time. He was always splashing in there or dunking something in there. We had one of the first cordless phones available in the 80s – in the toilet. Remote controls – in the toilet. Car keys – in the toilet. When he got a little older he started flushing things. One time we had completely hopeless clog. After many tries to clear it ourselves, we decided to finally hire a plumber, who ended up dismantling the toilet from the floor – he pulled out a hairbrush, a whole roll of toilet paper, and a whole bar of soap. Such a stinker ;). I can’t wait to start telling his future wife about his toddler escapades.
November 8, 2011 at 9:37 am
That is too funny! I’m sure he will love you sharing all that! Thanks for stopping by and checking out my recipe! I’m on my way to check out yours!
November 7, 2011 at 11:15 pm
Your right, this would be perfect for the holidays when the stove and oven are over flowing. I just love the taste sour cream gives to mashed potatoes. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my recipe. 🙂
November 8, 2011 at 8:00 am
I’ve always wanted to try mashed potatoes in the crockpot! Thanks for the recipe 🙂 I’m # 5 in the challenge.
November 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm
Lookin good! Gotta love slow cooker meals. I agree, some roasted garlic in there would really set it over the top 🙂
November 8, 2011 at 8:50 pm
Love this idea! I love my slowcooker, and I like that your recipe doesn’t use a whole block of cream cheese or something like that. 🙂
November 9, 2011 at 12:05 am
These are fantastic. I use slow cookers so much I actually have 4 of them. Lol. This looks really good, Very rich and creamy. Great recipe.
November 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm
Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week end and please come back soon!
November 17, 2011 at 8:56 am
Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great week and enjoy your new Red Plate!
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