I thought I had made potatoes in every form they could possibly be made! We are definitely a “meat and potatoes” kind of family…especially since celiacs disease entered our lives. Rice and potatoes became our “bread & butter” a couple of years ago and since that time I THOUGHT I had made potatoes every which way but sideways! Turns out I’d missed one. Mashed potatoes in the crockpot!
A few years ago I discovered making BAKED potatoes in the crockpot (which is SO helpful when you are cooking a prime rib roast and only have one oven) but it had never occurred to me to try making the MASHED variety in my ceramic friend. Turns out it’s even easier than the traditional kind.
I don’t know about you, but my least favorite part about making mashed potatoes is peeling and draining! With this method you don’t have to do EITHER. Of course you have to be OK with some peels in your mashed potatoes, but I personally LOVE the peels! My youngest would beg to differ, however, so I meet him HALFway and peel HALF the potatoes. :-)
Easy Crockpot Mashed Potatoes
- 5 lbs red, gold or white potatoes (peeled or unpeeled) cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 cup water or chicken broth
- 1/2 cup butter, cut into chunks
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 – 1 1/2 cups milk, warmed
Place diced potatoes in the slow cooker, add water or chicken broth and butter. Season with salt and pepper.
Cover; cook on High heat setting 4 hours or Low heat setting for 8 hours, or until potatoes are tender.
Mash potatoes FIRST using a potato masher (DON’T DRAIN!)
Add warmed milk until desired consistency.
Then beat with electric mixer on low speed until well blended. Do not overmix.
Cover and keep warm on Low or Warm heat setting until serving time, up to 2 hours.
I LOVED how CREAMY they turn out! They really were the perfect consistency.
Since I got so excited about finding a new recipe to make in one of my favorite inventions EVER…the crockpot….I decided it would be fun if we all shared our FAVORITE CROCKPOT RECIPES! (I smell a contest coming on!)
So we decided to create our 1st Annual FAVORITE CROCKPOT RECIPES Contest!
We want to know what your favorite things to make in the crockpot are and if you share with the rest of us, you will be entered to win ONE of FIVE…….
Crock-Pot 6-Quart Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cookers
(Retail Value $59.99 each)
HOW TO ENTER:
Simply type out (or copy and paste) your favorite slow cooker recipe into a comment below (or if you prefer, you can email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org with “FAVORITE SLOW COOKER RECIPES CONTEST” in the subject line.) Enter with as many different recipes as you like!
Deadline to enter is Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 11:59pm MST.
The TOP FIVE WINNING RECIPES will be chosen by our CELEBRITY CHEF JUDGE – Kelsey Nixon, star of “Kelsey’s Essentials” on the Cooking Channel.
The five winners will ALSO receive a copy of Kelsey’s new cookbook, “Kitchen Confidence.” The book includes 100 of Nixon’s favorite recipes and essential equipment for any home cook. Trust me on this one, you ALL will want to have this in your cookbook collection!
Winners will be announced next Friday, March 21st!
I am SO excited about this! I love a fun contest! I love celebrity chefs! But MOST of all, I LOVE CROCKPOT RECIPES! :-)
TELL YOUR FRIENDS!