Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes are a delicious, creamy holiday side. The garlic & parmesan turn this classic dish into something special!
Oven and stovetop space is a hot commodity during the holidays- especially around dinnertime. These Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes just might save dinner- it helps that they’re delicious too!
Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Holiday dinners can be very hectic, with main courses and all sorts of sides hogging up precious oven space. We’ve mentioned time-and-time again how dinner just isn’t complete without some great side dishes. Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner especially call for some rich, delicious starchy side dishes. Think back: hasn’t every delicious holiday dinner featured some delicious Mashed Potatoes?
In trying to keep stovetop and oven space free for everything else, we made these delicious Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes. We’ve talked about the versality of slow cookers in the past- rich, deeply-flavored dishes made with little effort. Mashed Potatoes are no exception: you can make some of the best potatoes you’ve ever had using the popular kitchen gadget! We also added in some much-needed garlic and parmesan to really take this dish to the next level. Delish!
This slow cooker recipe is certain to take plenty of stress out of your holiday cooking this season. These potatoes will be great for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or any special dinners you’ve got lined up! Our Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes are certain to be a hit with your guests. Enjoy!
More Starchy Side Dishes to try
If you’re wanting to make your potatoes on the stovetop, then we have our recipe for The Best Mashed Potatoes. If you’re a fan of rich, creamy, silky-smooth mashed potatoes, this is the dish for you- loaded with butter and half-and-half. Perfect for the holidays or any day!
For a classic Thanksgiving and holiday side, we can’t forget Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole! The popular kitchen gadget makes this Thanksgiving dinner favorite a no-stress, no-fuss dish that gives you time to focus on the turkey. Perfectly sweetened with that iconic pecan nut topping!
A classy potato side dish that’ll impress the family and any dinner guests is our Au Gratin Potatoes. Similar to scalloped potatoes, this recipe sees thin-sliced potatoes baked in a creamy cheese sauce. This is a dish to die for- perfect for a Christmas dinner!
Ingredients for Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Potatoes – There are many contenders for the best potatoes for mashed potatoes. Red potatoes and fingerlings will work great if you’re doing this recipe in a more “smashed potato” style. Russets are another solid pick, but you’ll need to be careful about overmixing your potatoes. Yukon Gold potatoes are also a great pick- especially if you’re aiming for a creamy, fluffy end product.
Milk – Experiment with half-and-half or heavy cream and see if it helps make a creamier dish!
Thyme, Basil, Oregano – Or try using some of our homemade Italian Seasoning!
Salt & Pepper
How to prepare our Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
After roughly chopping your potatoes of choice, prep your slow cooker by giving it a quick coating of Crisco shortening or cooking spray. Drop your potatoes, butter, minced garlic, and salt & pepper into the slow cooker along with some water.
Now we’re going to cover and let our potatoes cook for a bit. Either set your cooker to low and let go for around 8 hours or set to high and let cook for around 4. When done, use either a hand masher to smash or an electric mixer to beat your potatoes close to your desired consistency.
We want to stop close to our consistency because we want to add in our other ingredients. Drop-in your sour cream, parm, milk or cream, and the remaining spices.
Use an electric mixer to whisk these into your potatoes. Again, if you’re using Russets, be careful not to overmix your potatoes here- it will lead to a really unpleasant, paste-like texture.
If you have any concerns about the texture at this point, feel free to mix a bit more milk or cream into the potatoes.
At this point, we can add any toppings you might want to have. Maybe a big extra dollop of butter or a quick sprinkling of parsley flakes for a bit of extra color?
Feel free to keep that slow cooker or crockpot on a low setting to keep these potatoes warm while everyone plates themselves a serving. Hope you enjoy this delicious starchy side!
Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- 3 lb Red Potatoes chopped
- 6 tbsp Butter
- 2 tsp Minced Garlic
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup Sour Cream
- 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan
- 2 tbsp Milk
- 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
- 1/2 tsp Thyme
- 1/2 tsp Oregano
- 1/2 tsp Basil
- Grease the inside of the slow cooker.
- Place potatoes, butter, minced garlic, salt, pepper and 1/4 cup water into the slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours until tender.
- Use a masher to mash to near desired consistency.
- Now add sour cream, Parmesan, milk, thyme, oregano, basil and onion powder.
- Use an electric mixer to beat until potatoes are fluffy.
- If potatoes are too thick, add more milk as needed.
Add salt and pepper when finished to taste.