The Best Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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Have you ever made mashed potatoes in the slow cooker? If not, you are in for a real treat! With the upcoming holidays, it only makes sense that you have a recipe that you can use to make one of the best dishes in the world. The Best Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes are not only delicious, but they are easy to make! I know you have probably made a variety of mashed potatoes in your lifetime, but this will be the best one! The buttery garlic taste is something that you will crave over and over again. Let’s talk about how to make this recipe.

Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes

The Best Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These mashed potatoes are the perfect recipe to take with you to a gathering or to enjoy at your home. It’s so nice having a hands-off recipe to enjoy on the holidays. You are busy making everything else so it only makes sense that you spend less time on this recipe. I like using red potatoes because they are the easiest to cook when making mashed potatoes. Plus, in my opinion, they are the tastiest! Pick up a bag of red potatoes while you’re at the store, you won’t regret it.

Kitchen Items You May Need:

While making mashed potatoes doesn’t require a degree, there are a few tools you will need to help make your cooking experience successful. I’ve always enjoyed using a hand mixer to mix up the mashed potatoes. It makes them so much more light and fluffy. If you prefer your mashed potatoes are a little chunkier, then skip the hand mixer. In case you missed this post, Potatoes: Everything You Need to Know

How to Make Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes

If you are wondering how to make this delicious slow cooker dish, I will walk you through the details. Slow cookers have changed the way we cook in the kitchen. You can have a slow cooker going while you’re making other dishes in your kitchen. I love making gravy with these potatoes too! It adds amazing flavor to the mashed potato dish.

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Step One

Prepare the slow cooker liner with nonstick cooking spray.

Ingredients

Step Two

Inside the slow cooker liner, place the potatoes. Pour oil over the potatoes.

The Best Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Step Three

Then, add the garlic, oil, salt, and water. Toss the potatoes to coat evenly. Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours.

Add the garlic

Step Four

When the potatoes are cooked through, beat the potatoes inside the slow cooker liner using a handheld electric mixer. Stir the cream cheese into the potatoes. Then, add the milk a little at a time until you like the consistency. 

Whip the cooked potatoes

Finished Product

Stir in the chives, sprinkling some over the top, and serve.

The Best Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes

The Best Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

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The Best Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 15 mins
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Author: Linda Loosli
Ingredients
  • 5 pounds small red potatoes, scrubbed and cut into equal size chunks
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 6 ounces cream cheese (3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped chives
Instructions
  1. Prepare the slow cooker liner with nonstick cooking spray. Inside the slow cooker liner, place the potatoes. Pour oil over the potatoes. Then, add the garlic, oil, salt, and water. Toss the potatoes to coat evenly. Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours. When the potatoes are cooked through, beat the potatoes inside the slow cooker liner using a handheld electric mixer. Stir the cream cheese into the potatoes. Then, add the milk a little at a time until you like the consistency. Stir in the chives, sprinkling some over the top, and serve.

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Can You Warm Up Mashed Potatoes in a Slow Cooker?

If you are wondering whether or not you can warm mashed potatoes up in the slow cooker, the answer is yes! If you pre-make these mashed potatoes and need to warm them up the next day, then follow these directions. Transfer them from the fridge to the slow cooker and put on low for about four hours. The potatoes will become very creamy and turn warm. And now you can make these ahead of time and enjoy them warm with your dinner, whenever you are ready.

What Can I Use Instead of Milk?

What happens if you run out of milk and can’t use it in this recipe? There are a few different alternatives. You can actually use any milk substitute that you would like. One of my favorite substitutes is to use stock. You can use chicken stock or veggie stock! You can also use cooking water from the potatoes, instead of milk

How Many Days Can I Make Mashed Potatoes Ahead?

You may be wondering how many days you can make mashed potatoes ahead of time. I would suggest only making mashed potatoes up to 2 days ahead of time. In my opinion, they start to taste a little funky after that. Make sure you have an airtight container and then you can store the mashed potatoes for a few days, after making them!

Final Word

If you are craving mashed potatoes and aren’t sure what recipe to make, then I have one for you! These Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes are full of flavor and so creamy. When I’m making slow cooker mashed potatoes, this is my go to recipe. Go ahead and give it a try and let me know what you think. May God Bless this world, Linda.

7 thoughts on “The Best Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  • November 24, 2020 at 7:10 am
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    5 stars
    I love garlic mashed potatoes. I think using the slow cooker is brilliant! Thank you.

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    • November 24, 2020 at 11:39 am
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      Hi Tiffany, it’s so fun to bring out the slow cooker now and again. I love to have my dinner cooking in the kitchen while I work! Happy Thanksgiving! Linda

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  • November 24, 2020 at 11:33 am
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    I am taking mashed potatoes to my daughter’s for Thanksgiving. This sounds so easy and tasty. I don’t and never have used a mixer for mashed potatoes! I like a few small chunks so I use a masher like my mother had. It takes a bit more work than a mixer but it is what I know! Also, to make creamier mashed potatoes, my mother always used heavy cream (when we milked our own cows) or undiluted evaporated milk. So, again, that is what I use. I rarely have cream cheese on hand and probably wouldn’t use in mashed potatoes anyway but it does sound interesting. Bottom line, I will try this method (crock pot) so I have the potatoes done when I drive to her home and just have to keep them on warm. Then all I will need to do is make the gravy when dinner is ready.

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    • November 24, 2020 at 11:41 am
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      Hi Leanne, oh I love hearing you are going to your daughters for Thanksgiving!! Happy Days!! I love chunks in my masked potatoes as well! You learned so much from your mother, what a blessing! Hugs! Linda

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  • November 24, 2020 at 6:42 pm
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    Can this method be used the russet potatoes?

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    • November 24, 2020 at 6:46 pm
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      Hi Jeanne, I have made mashed peeled russet potatoes in a slow cooker, they work great! I did use chicken broth instead of water. They are awesome! Linda

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