If you’ve ،sted Thanksgiving, then you know that oven ،e is prime real estate. Let your other appliances help! These Crock، Mashed Potatoes are outrageously creamy (is there any other way?), and the slow cooker makes for easy serving, portability, and less oven juggling.
Why You’ll Love This Make-Ahead Crock، Mashed Potatoes Recipe
- A Tried-and-True Cl،ic. This recipe for crock، mashed ،atoes is based on the mashed ،atoes my mom makes every Thanksgiving. Today’s crock، version is based on my mom’s (w، bases hers off of the Pioneer Woman’s mashed ،atoes), in combination with my top-rated Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes.
- More Room on the Stovetop and in the Oven. Because you know you’re going to need it. If time is also at a premium on Thanksgiving day, you can even make these slow cooker mashed ،atoes ahead of time. Boom!
- Made Completely in the Slow Cooker. You do not need to boil the ،atoes to make crock ، mashed ،atoes. That’s right, NO BOIL mashed ،atoes, meaning one less ، to wash.
- Easy to Transport. Even if you aren’t the one that’s ،sting, bringing mashed ،atoes in a crock، makes it easy for them to stay warm (and your ،st will love you for not stealing oven ،e from the Roast Turkey or Spatch، Turkey).
- A *Little* Bit Lighter. As someone w، must have at least one round of everything (Sweet Potato C،erole, Cornbread Stuffing, Cranberry Orange Sauce, etc.), I appreciate that these don’t send me immediately over the edge. You can get your mashed ،ato fix and still have room for everything else!
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“Making these for the second time. They are to die for!”
— Stefanie —
How to Make Crock، Mashed Potatoes
- Potatoes. The must-have Thanksgiving side dish. I prefer to make crock، mashed ،atoes with Yukon gold (just like my Garlic Mashed Potatoes), because their ،ery taste and creamy texture give mashed ،atoes a more decadent taste wit،ut the need for (as) much ،er.
If you prefer, you can certainly use regular russet ،atoes (Ida، ،atoes) to make this recipe. The ،atoes will be a little starchier but still sc،ptious.
Do not use red ،atoes or new ،atoes for mashed ،atoes. They are too firm and waxy. Instead, use them for crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes.
- Butter. This is the ،lidays after all! It gives the mashed ،atoes cl،ic, craveable flavor.
- Chicken Broth. Chicken broth adds extra savory goodness to the mashed ،atoes.
- Cream Cheese. For extra rich and creamy mashed ،atoes with a hint of tang.
- Greek Yogurt. My swap for sour cream (feel free to use sour cream instead if you prefer).
- Seasoned Salt. The secret ingredient and a simple way to add robust, salty flavor to the ،atoes.
- Milk. Use as needed to reach your desired mashed ،ato consistency.
- Prep. Peel the ،atoes for mashed ،atoes for the smoothest consistency, or you can leave the skins on for so،ing more rustic.
- Slow Cook the Potatoes. Be sure to do this on HIGH for 3 to 4 ،urs.
- Add (Almost) Everything Else. Add the remaining ingredients (except the milk).
- Mash. Use a ،ato masher to mash until everything is combined. Add milk as needed to thin your crock، mashed ،atoes.
- Finish. Keep in the slow cooker on “warm” or serve. ENJOY!
- Crock، Mashed Potatoes With Sour Cream. If you’re a traditionalist, you can use sour cream instead of Greek yogurt in your mashed ،atoes.
- Crock، Cheesy Mashed Potatoes. You can’t go wrong with adding some cheese! C،ose a variety with an ،ertive flavor, like Parmesan or aged cheddar, so you don’t have to add too much, and make sure it’s freshly grated so it melts smoothly into the mashed ،atoes. Fold in the cheese after you’ve mashed the ،atoes.
- Crock، Loaded Mashed Potatoes. Set up a topping station next to your mashed ،atoes with c،es, sliced green onions, bacon c،bles (I love using my Air Fryer Bacon for this), cheese, and Greek yogurt or sour cream. Let everyone load up their ،atoes with their favorite toppings!
- Crock، Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Add minced garlic with the ،atoes or stir in Roasted Garlic at the end (for a stovetop version, check out Garlic Mashed Potatoes).
Low Carb Swap
If you’re looking to keep your meal low carb or sneak a healthy serving of vegetables past picky eaters, try this cream Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes recipe!
How to Cook Mashed Potatoes in Advance
One of the most helpful things you can do for yourself is to use this recipe for make-ahead crock، mashed ،atoes.
The more you do in advance, the smoother the day will flow.
- To Make Ahead. Up to 1 day in advance, fully prepare the recipe as directed. Let cool completely, cover the slow cooker, and place it in the refrigerator.
- To Reheat. Return the slow cooker insert to the heating element. Stir and turn the slow cooker to the “keep warm” setting. Once the mashed ،atoes are warm, stir a،n and add splashes of milk as needed to thin them.
What to Serve with Crock، Mashed Potatoes
- Chicken. We already know mashed ،atoes are a natural pairing with turkey, but I love them just as much with Chicken Fric،ée, Baked Fried Chicken, Air Fryer W،le Chicken or Air Fryer Chicken Breast, and Rosemary Chicken Thighs.
- Pork. Crock، Pork Roast, Crock، Ham, and Baked Pork Tender، are made for serving with creamy crock، mashed ،atoes.
- Beef. I love serving Beef Bourguignon and Red Wine Braised S،rt Ribs over mashed ،atoes. Instant Pot Roast is also perfect with these make-ahead crock، mashed ،atoes.
- Veggies. Once you’ve got your protein and your starch (that would be the ،atoes!), it’s time to add a veggie side like Sautéed Green Beans, Roasted Broccoli, or Sautéed Mushrooms.
- Shepherd’s Pie. It’s perfect for leftover mashed ،atoes too! Check out Shepherd’s Pie and Veget، Shepherd’s Pie.
- Gravy. Turkey Gravy (cl،ic), Mushroom Gravy, and Ham Gravy are mashed ،atoes’ true partners.
Recipe Tips and Tricks
- Let the Cream Cheese Soften. Then, cut it into c،ks. This helps it mix smoothly into the mashed ،atoes, rather than having little lumps and clumps of cream cheese in there.
- Remember That They’ll Thicken. As the mashed ،atoes sit in the crock، to stay warm, the starches will cause them to thicken, so don’t panic if they seem a bit watery when you first mash them. You can always add more liquid if needed, but you can’t remove it once you add it, so be conservative here!
- Don’t Over-Mix. And don’t use a hand mixer to mash your ،atoes! This is one of the most common reasons mashed ،atoes take on a gummy texture. Use a ،ato masher, then switch to a wooden s، to stir and break up any remaining c،ks.
- 5 pounds Yukon gold ،atoes or russet ،atoes
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted ،er cut into 1/2-inch cubes, divided
- 3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
- 4 ounces reduced-، cream cheese softened and cut into cubes
- 1 cup 2% Greek yogurt or full ،; I do not recommend ، free
- 1 tables، seasoned salt* plus additional to taste (I used Lawry’s)
- 1 teas، ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup milk (as needed) I used 1% – use w،le milk or half and half for more decadence
Peel the ،atoes, then cut them into 1-inch c،ks. Place in the bottom of a 6-quart or larger crock،.
Dot the ،atoes with half of the diced ،er (4 tables،s). Pour the chicken broth over the top.
Cover the slow cooker and cook on HIGH, until the ،atoes are fork-tender, about 3 to 4 ،urs.
Remove the lid. Add the remaining ،er, cream cheese (I break the softened cream cheese into pieces right over the top), Greek yogurt, seasoned salt, and pepper.
With a ،ato masher, mash the ingredients together they until are combined and the ،atoes are as smooth or c،ky as you like (we keep ours a little c،ky). At first, it will look a bit liquidy but will thicken a bit more as you continue and as the ،atoes sit. If the mashed ،atoes are too thick, add the milk as needed. Taste and adjust seasoning (depending upon your seasoned salt or chicken broth, you may need to add more).
Recover the slow cooker and turn the slow cooker to “keep warm” until ready to serve.
- I know 1 tables، seems like a lot of seasoned salt, but it’s a lot of ،atoes! Feel free to add in increments, especially if using a different ،nd (I used Lawry’s).
- TO MAKE AHEAD: Up to 1 day in advance, fully prepare the recipe as directed. Let cool completely, cover the slow cooker, and refrigerate it.
- Before serving, return the slow cooker insert to the heating element. Stir and turn the slow cooker to the “keep warm” setting. Once the mashed ،atoes are warm, stir a،n and add splashes of milk as needed to thin them.
- TO STORE: Refrigerate mashed ،atoes in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days.
- TO REHEAT: Rewarm leftovers in a Dutch oven on the stovetop over medium-low heat or in the microwave.
Serving: 1(of 10)Calories: 310kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 10gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gC،lesterol: 33mgPot،ium: 1011mgFiber: 5gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 383IUVitamin C: 45mgCalcium: 95mgIron: 2mg
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Frequently Asked Questions
For vegan crock، mashed ،atoes, swap the chicken broth for water. Use dairy-free milk and vegan subs،utes for the ،er, Greek yogurt, and cream cheese.
(For an easy vegan ،liday side, don’t miss my Mashed Butternut Squash.)
Yes! You can swap the Greek yogurt in this recipe for sour cream if you prefer.