No need to babysit a boiling pot of water - just use your crockpot the next time mashed potatoes are on the menu! Especially perfect for holiday gatherings when you need all the stove space you can get.
I adore mashed potatoes but find that I can never make a company size amount in any of the pots I own. That, combined with the inevitable water boil-over, makes mashed potatoes a pain in the rear. But tossing them in the (huge and completely dishwasher safe) crockpot? Genius.
Now when mashed potatoes are on the menu, I just toss them in the crockpot before work and at least one part of dinner is practically done by the time I get home. And I don't have to babysit a pot of water!
Crockpot Mashed Potatoes
5 pounds potatoes, washed and quartered
1 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup butter, cubed
3 (or more) cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup sour cream
1/3-1/2 cup cream, half and half, or milk
Place the potatoes, broth, butter, salt, and pepper in the crockpot. Put the garlic on top of the potatoes. Cover with the lid and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
When the potatoes are tender, mash them in the crockpot using a potato masher or electric mixer. Add the sour cream, blend, and then add the cream, half and half, or milk as needed until it reaches your preferred consistency.
Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.