V's Do-Ahead Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

After several failed recipe attempts, I finally did it. I came up with a way to make mashed potatoes in the slow cooker. I'm so excited. This will definitely help on time during the last minute craze to get dinner on the table and have the potatoes still warm. Show more

Ready In: 4 hrs 10 mins

Serves: 16


  • 5  lbs  sierra gold potatoes or 5  lbs  red potatoes, diced with peel
  • 1  cup water
  • 1  cup butter, cut into chunks
  • 1  tablespoon salt, plus
  • 14 teaspoon salt (more salt? looks like an error)
  • 1 14 teaspoons garlic powder (optional)
  • 34 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 13 cups milk, warmed


  1. Place the potatoes, water, and butter into a slow cooker.
  2. Season with salt, garlic powder, and pepper.
  3. Cover, and cook High for 4 hours.
  4. Do not remove the excess water from slow cooker. This adds to the creamy texture.
  5. Mash potatoes with a masher or electric beater, adding the desired amount of warm milk to achieve a creamy consistency.
  6. Keep warm on low until serving.
  7. My slow cooker has a warm setting which it automatically goes to once cooking time has been reached. Potatoes keep consistency for a couple of hours after mashing. Just keep the lid on the slow cooker and serve directly from there.
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