I’m going to be honest with you up front about these mashed potatoes. There is nothing healthy or low-calorie about them. This is not a make-all-the-time-for-dinner kind of side dish. These Really Good Really Easy Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes are for special occasions. I usually make them about 3 times per year: Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
For holidays, you are going to LOVE this recipe because…
- You don’t have to peel any potatoes.
- You don’t have to take up a burner on your stove to boil a huge pot of water.
- You can start them hours before your meal time.
- You can even serve them in your crock pot (less dirty dishes and they will stay warm).
- All your guests will be full and happy and want the recipe.
You’ll seriously be volunteering to make the mashed potatoes for every big family and friends gathering for the rest of your life! They are THAT EASY!
Really Good Really Easy Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes
You’ll need 4-5 pounds of Yukon Gold potatoes (the Yukon Gold potatoes have very thin skins and work great in this recipe), 2 cups chicken broth, 4 cloves of garlic, one pint heavy cream, 8 oz sour cream, 8 oz cream cheese, one stick of butter, salt and pepper.
Scrub all the potatoes under running water with a vegetable brush to loosen and remove any dirt. I like to do this step the night before a big holiday meal. It’s one less thing I have to get ready in the morning.
The morning of your big meal, spray the inside of your crock pot with non-stick cooking spray. Chop the potatoes into large chunks, 1-1/2 to 2 inches is fine. Place potatoes into crock pot. Peel 3-4 cloves of garlic and toss those in. Season with salt and pepper.
Now it’s time to add the chicken broth. How much you add depends on how long you plan to cook the potatoes.
If you plan to cook them on HIGH for 4 hours, add 1 cup of chicken broth.
If you plan to cook them on LOW for 7-8 hours, add 2 cups of chicken broth.
Here’s what they look like at the end of the cooking time. See how that garlic has roasted nicely? Your house will smell delicious about this time!
Put the whole stick of butter into the crock pot. Nestle it down in the potatoes and let it sit there for a few minutes to soften.
After 5 minutes or so, add the cream cheese. Push both of them down into the potatoes and let them sit for a few minutes.
Use a large spoon to mix the potatoes, butter and cream cheese together a little.
Now it’s time to dump in the sour cream.
Use a hand mixer on low speed to whip all the ingredients together. Be careful not to lift the mixer too far out of the potatoes while they are spinning. You could end up with a mashed potato snow storm. Trust me on this.
After the potatoes are mixed pretty well, add in some heavy whipping cream. I usually don’t use the whole pint (but you can if you want to!). Pour in a little and mix and repeat until the mashed potatoes are the consistency you like.
You can place the lid back on your crock pot and set it to “warm” until you are ready to serve dinner. If your crock pot is like mine and has a pretty, removable pot, you can take it right to the table for serving.
- 4-5 pounds Yukon Gold potaotes
- 1-2 cups Chicken Broth
- 4 cloves Garlic
- 1½ tsp Salt
- ½ tsp Pepper
- 1 stick Butter
- 8 oz package Cream Cheese
- 8 oz Sour Cream
- 1-2 cups Heavy Cream
- Scrub all the potatoes clean under running water with a vegetable brush.
- Spray crock pot with cooking spray. Chop potatoes into 1½ to 2 inch chunks and place in crock pot. Add peeled garlic cloves, salt and pepper.
- Now it's time to add the chicken broth and set the cooking time. The length of cooking time determines how much chicken broth you'll need to add:
If you plan to cook your potatoes on HIGH for 4 hours, add 1 cup chicken broth.
If you plan to cook your potatoes on LOW for 7-8 hours, add 2 cups chicken broth.
- At the end of the cooking time, add the butter to the potatoes. Allow it to sit in the potatoes for about 5 minutes to soften.
- Add the cream cheese and allow it to sit about 5 minutes to soften. Stir together with spoon.
- Add sour cream then blend on low setting with a hand mixer till well mixed.
- Add heavy cream about ½ cup at a time, then blend. Repeat adding the cream and blending until potatoes reach the consistency you prefer.
- Taste, and adjust salt and pepper as needed.
- Replace the lid onto the crock pot, adjust setting to "warm" and serve.
This recipe makes a LOT of
Really Good Really Easy Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes.
You’ll want to save this recipe now so you can find it for your next big holiday meal.
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