Garlic Mashed Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

Mashed potatoes.  Two little words that make everyone out there salivate a little (or a lot in my case).  But let’s be honest here, sometimes making mashed potatoes from scratch, well it’s a chore… and busy Mom’s don’t always have time.  Insert the busy chef’s BEST friend… nope, not a glass of wine… the slow cooker!

What a glorious invention… whoever came up with the slow cooker, he or she is amazing!  I use my slow cooker a lot, but never for mashed potatoes.  From now on, this will be my new method.  It’s so simple, so easy… it feels almost like you’re making instant potatoes…. except you’re not.  You get all the yummy goodness of mashed potatoes from scratch, with hardly any of the effort.  Sounds almost too good to be true doesn’t it?

It’s like cheating… except it’s totally okay to do it… in fact…. I highly ENCOURAGE you to do it.  Just dump the potatoes, garlic and bay leaf into your slow cooker, pour the broth over top, cover and cook.  Once they’re finished cooking, drain potatoes (making sure to drain them over a bowl so you reserve the cooking liquid), mash, add cream and butter, mash/whip to desired consistency, adding the reserved cooking liquid if needed.

That’s it.  Now the fun part… go crazy with the toppings here.  Whatever you like!  For us, we usually go for herbs, or a loaded baked potato type of topping (cheddar cheese, crumbles of bacon, chives and a dollop of sour cream).  But the sky is the limit here πŸ™‚  Make this recipe your own πŸ™‚

These mashed potatoes are insanely good!  Having them cook in the slow cooker all day really develops the flavor, plus makes it easier on you!

I used russet potatoes for this, but yukon gold or red potatoes would be great too!

These mashed potatoes are insanely good!  Having them cook in the slow cooker all day really develops the flavor, plus makes it easier on you!

After cooking…. they smell fantastic!!

I’ll be honest with you here… I completely forgot to add the bay leaf.  Oops!!  But they tasted great anyway, so don’t worry if you forget that part πŸ™‚

The original recipe called for milk, but I was feeling a bit decadent and I went with some heavy cream instead.  Milk or half and half would work well too πŸ™‚

These mashed potatoes are insanely good!  Having them cook in the slow cooker all day really develops the flavor, plus makes it easier on you!

These mashed potatoes are insanely good!  Having them cook in the slow cooker all day really develops the flavor, plus makes it easier on you!

As you can see… I went with chives for my herb of choice.  I love chives… I use them allllllll the time.

These mashed potatoes are insanely good!  Having them cook in the slow cooker all day really develops the flavor, plus makes it easier on you!

The only problem with these potatoes…. are you ready for it…. is that you. will. want. to. eat. the. whole. bowl. of. potatoes.  Seriously, you will.  Don’t count on many leftovers πŸ˜‰

These mashed potatoes are insanely good!  Having them cook in the slow cooker all day really develops the flavor, plus makes it easier on you!

These mashed potatoes are insanely good!  Having them cook in the slow cooker all day really develops the flavor, plus makes it easier on you!

Dig in!

Recipe adapted from Bhg.com

These mashed potatoes are insanely good! Having them cook in the slow cooker all day really develops the flavor, plus makes it easier on you!

Garlic Mashed Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

These mashed potatoes are insanely good! Having them cook in the slow cooker all day really develops the flavor, plus makes it easier on you!
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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 6 hrs
Total Time: 6 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Recipe Author The Chunky Chef

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds baking potatoes peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces, such as russet or Yukon gold
  • 6 cloves garlic halved
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 14 ounce can seasoned chicken broth with roasted garlic or regular chicken broth if you can't find the roasted garlic kind
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • In a slow cooker, combine potatoes, garlic, and bay leaf. Pour broth over potatoes.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Drain potatoes in a colander over a bowl to catch the cooking liquid. Discard bay leaf. Return potatoes to slow cooker and mash lightly with a potato masher.
  • In a small saucepan, heat cream and butter until steaming and butter almost melts. Add cream mixture, salt, and enough of the reserved cooking liquid to mashed potatoes to reach desired consistency.
  • Use potato masher or hand mixer if you prefer a smoother mashed potato.
  • To serve, transfer potatoes to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper and desired toppings.
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43 comments on “Garlic Mashed Potatoes in the Slow Cooker”

  1. What does the bay leaf do?

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  3. What a beautiful bowl of Mashed Potatoes, these look delicious. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome talent with Full Plate Thursday.
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  5. Hello cute lady! This looks so amazing. I would love some right now. Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to stop by and party with us. It wouldn’t be a party without you! I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. Lou Lou Girls

  6. I think Crock Pots and wine are both great tools at our disposal. I love potatoes. I could eat them daily. I almost do in fact. These look fabulous and the ease of the Crock Pot makes them all the more attractive.

  7. What a time saving recipe! I need to try this soon! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  8. Great idea to use the crock pot!

  9. I have kept mashed potatoes warm in the slow cooker for our Thanksgiving feast but have never used the slow cooker to MAKE the mashed potatoes!! Great idea. Looks so tasty!

  10. Mash potatoes is the ultimate comfort food isn’t it? Yours looks great and great idea with the slow cooker πŸ™‚ Happy FF!

  11. I love the way you have layered potatoes. There are oh-so-many dishes that I have tried because I am intrigued by how they look. πŸ™‚

    Happy FF!

  12. I looooove mashed potatoes, they’re one of my favourite things but I don’t make it very often because I’m lazy, gonna have to try these ones!!

    • Awesome! I’m pretty lazy about mashed potatoes too… they always sound so good… then it’s time to make them and I’m wondering why I even said I’d make them in the first place lol. I hope you love this version! πŸ™‚

  13. Yum! I may give this a try!

  14. Wow, these potatoes look amazing. I like the texture you did in your bowl. It showed off the consistency and is a great place for that melted butter to go. Crock pots are great for no worry cooking.

  15. You brought salsa. And now, mashed potatoes. They are two of my most favorite things in the world. And it’s amazing that this can be done in the slow cooker. I can almost smell it from here. πŸ˜€ Happy FF!

  16. It looks great and it sounds fantastic! I love mashed potatoes and I love garlic so this is the perfect combo for me πŸ˜€

  17. If you have seen my blog I love slow cookers – I only have 6! I have only used my slow cooker for keeping mashed potatoes warm. I like this idea and cannot wait for an excuse to make them. Thanks for a great recipe from one slow cooker lover to another! Fiesta Friday party goers all love mashed potatoes and with cream πŸ™‚

  18. Fantastic idea… because I agree mashed potatoes from scratch are a bit of a chore πŸ™‚ I must try it! Thanks…

  19. This looks good… I use my crockpot often, but have never done mashed potatoes in it…. I will have to try it. Thank you. πŸ™‚

  20. I love that this is for the slow cooker! Pinning, thanks πŸ™‚

  21. Looks great! Your website turned out great.