I don’t know about you, but mashed potatoes are one of my favorite dishes for holiday dinner. Add a little gravy (try our How To Make Turkey Gravy From Scratch) and you’ve hit the jackpot.
This recipe for creamy slow cooker mashed red potatoes might just be the talk of dinner. Creamy mashed potatoes with sour cream are probably not something many people would think to combine together, but you’ll change that with this delicious recipe.
More perfect recipes for a holiday dinner would be our 30 Minute Dinner Rolls, Green Bean Casserole, Grandma’s Thanksgiving Stuffing, Sweet Potato Casserole and of course knowing How To Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey will come in handy.
Trying to figure out how much to make without having too many leftovers, or worse, not enough, can be pretty difficult. When it comes to knowing how many pounds of potatoes you need to make mashed potatoes for the number of guests coming, THIS is the best little calculator that we like to use.
You might want to try another favorite potato recipe. This Twice Baked Potato Casserole is a family favorite!
What all do you need to make these crockpot mashed potatoes?
Mashed potato ingredients:
- Red potatoes
- Minced garlic
- Chicken bouillon cubes
- Sour cream (lite or fat-free is fine)
- Cream cheese (lite or fat-free is fine)
- White ground pepper (optional)
I love to sprinkle some white ground pepper (you can just get it at the grocery store on the spices aisle). It adds an incredible flavor to these (but a little bit goes a long way)!
If you want to add even more flavor to these delicious creamy mashed potatoes, you can try and make this Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix and add 2-3 tablespoons to the mashed potato mixture.
Kitchen items needed to make this Thanksgiving potluck crockpot recipe
- 6 or 8-quart crock pot (THIS is a great one!)
- Large pan
- Two large mixing bowls
- Mixer or potato masher (hand or stand mixer work, the KitchenAid I definitely a favorite here)
THINGS TO NOTE BEFORE MAKING THE CREAMY Crockpot MASHED POTATOES
- You can double the recipe, you will just want to make sure that you have a large enough slow cooker to accommodate all the potatoes! I would recommend an 8-quart slow cooker if you double the recipe.
- The recipe calls for red potatoes, but you could also use russet potatoes and Yukon gold potatoes – they are all delicious.
- The secret to the creaminess is the mix of sour cream and cream cheese.
- The reason you keep it in the slow cooker is to let the flavors meld together – it makes the best-flavored potatoes!
- If you have to travel, this is a dish that can travel easily (especially if you use a slow cooker that has one of those locking lids!).
- If you want smooth mashed potatoes I would choose either the hand mixer or stand mixer since they can eliminate most of the lumps.
How to make the creamiest slow cooker mashed potatoes!
Put water in a large pot of and place it on the stove, add some salt and bring the water to a boil. Once the water is boiling add in the chunks of red potatoes, garlic, bouillon, and cook them until the potatoes are tender but still firm.
It should only take the potatoes are about 15 minutes for them to get to the right consistency.
Then drain the water from the pot, but be sure to place the colander over another bowl to catch the water as we will need it later.
In another large bowl, mash together the tender red potato chunks with sour cream and cream cheese with either a mixer or a potato masher.
To get the type of consistency you want gradually add in the reserved water.
Once the mashed potatoes have reached the type of consistency you like, transfer the potato mixture to the slow cooker and cover it. Then, turn the crockpot on Low for 2 to 3 hours. Just before you are ready to eat the potatoes, stir in butter, salt, and pepper to taste.
These are great to stay warm in your slow cooker until the rest of the meal is ready. Just keep on warm setting.
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Complete your Thanksgiving meal with our favorite dishes:
- How To Cook A Thanksgiving Turkey
- 30 Minute Dinner Rolls
- Grandma’s Thanksgiving Stuffing
- Green Bean Casserole
- How To Make Turkey Gravy From Scratch
- Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese
- Slow Cooker Creamed Corn
- Strawberry Jello Fluff Salad
- Easy Sweet Cornbread
- Simple Pumpkin Pie
- Pumpkin Dump Cake
- Fluffy Cranberry Salad
Recipe adapted from AllRecipes
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