Make Thanksgiving easier with this Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes recipe! (Plus, these mashed potatoes are seriously delicious!)
Ah, it’s that time of the year when we have to think about the dance. No, not the Big Dance (i.e. March Madness). No, not impromptu dancing with your significant other when your favorite Rod Stewart song comes on Pandora. I’m talking about the Thanksgiving Kitchen Dance. I’ve been known to make a detailed timeline for when different dishes and pots need to go into the oven/out of the oven/onto the stove/etc. on Thanksgiving morning. Truth be told, I kinda like the timeline as I’m also a list maker…but I get it. Thanksgiving is one heck of an awesome holiday, but getting Thanksgiving dinner onto the table can be a bit like solving a Rubic’s Cube. Enter the slow cooker.
Before we get into the wonder of these Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes, I need to digress about Rubic’s Cubes for a moment. One of the highlights of Thanksgiving Day is football. Parade, food, family and football. I mean it’s not Thanksgiving until Uncle Bob falls asleep on the couch and snores his way through the 2nd half of the Dallas Cowboys game, right? But speaking of football, did y’all see that Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB for Tampa Bay Buccaneers) spent part of his summer teaching kids how to solve the Rubik’s Cube? It’s true! An NFL QB teaching a class on solving Rubik’s Cubes. How cool is that? To be fair, Ryan did play his college ball at Harvard…but still!
But back to the Thanksgiving Kitchen Dance. Mashed potatoes are a key dish for our Thanksgiving table (along with homemade macaroni and cheese), but I always underestimate the time it takes to make mashed potatoes. Always. I was talking to my Mom on the phone the other day, and she told me she’s switched to making a Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes recipe. Say what? Mashed potatoes in the slow cooker? The thought of eliminating one pot on the crowded Thanksgiving stove totally got my attention!
Sure enough, these Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes totally work. You do need to peel and chop the potatoes, but that doesn’t take all that long. It can be done in the morning while sipping on your 2nd cup of coffee and watching Snoopy float down 34th Street. Then just toss those bad boys in the slow cooker, and ~5 hours later you have the most creamy and delicious mashed potatoes ever! I was pretty sure I screwed something up because there was a bunch of liquid still in the slow cooker after 5 hours. But that liquid gets absorbed into the mashed potatoes when you blend them. #TrustMe
We’ve always used evaporated milk as our secret ingredient for creamy mashed potatoes, but my Mom told me to use sour cream. And these Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes absolutely rank up there as the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever eaten. Of course, all of the butter helps, too. As my friend Kelsie pointed out, butter makes everything better!
I know mashed potatoes are one of those recipes where everyone has their own unique (and sometimes secret) method…but give the slow cooker a shot here. If you don’t trust me, make a trial run of Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes this week. And then make them again on Thanksgiving morning!