These Crockpot Mashed Potatoes Will Change the Way You Make Dinner

Updated 11/27/17

Thanks to crockpots, dinner really can cook itself. For those who dread spending hours in the kitchen, turn to the ultimate kitchen aid to make your life much easier. Simply do a bit of prep work, set a timer, and enjoy your time as dinner prepares itself.

One surefire way to save time (and space) in the kitchen is to let a crockpot prepare the side dish while you focus on the main course. The most classic side dish of them all, mashed potatoes can be made in your crockpot, and these are the recipes to prove it tastes even better than the stovetop method. Try out one of these crockpot mashed potatoes with dinner this week.

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Creme de la Crumb

The Recipe: This buttery garlic herb mashed potatoes recipe contains all the traditional flavors you know and love. Rich butter combines with fresh, fragrant herbs in this seriously easy recipe. All you’ll need to do is chop up some red potatoes and add them to a greased crockpot. After a few hours, check back in and add the rest of the seasonings, along with some sour cream or plain Greek yogurt and a bit of milk. Once the potatoes are tender, simply mix and serve.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Simple Life Istanbul Ebru Ceramic Serving Bowl ($195)

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Half Baked Harvest

The Recipe: For some serious comfort food, try this recipe for three cheese mashed potatoes. Think cheddar, Parmesan, and Gruyère all coming together in a serving of creamy mashed potatoes cooked to perfection in the crockpot. Cube your potatoes before tossing them into the crockpot with garlic, chicken broth, and seasonings. After some cooking time, just add in milk and mash until they reach your desired level of creaminess. Stir in the cheese for the final touch.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours

Rose & Fitzgerald Pure Brass Serving Spoon Set ($75)

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Pinch of Yum

The Recipe: The perfect pairing to just about any main course, these garlic mashed potatoes won’t disappoint and, better yet, they won’t leave you with a major mess in the kitchen to clean up afterward. Start by cooking your chopped potatoes, milk, and broth in the crockpot with whole garlic cloves resting on top of the mixture. Once the potatoes are tender, feel free to mix and stir in more seasonings, butter, and sour cream to your liking.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours

All-Clad 6.5 Quart Slow Cooker ($130)

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The Recipe: A simple and versatile recipe, these slow cooker mashed potatoes will quickly become a staple side dish in your home. Place the potatoes in the slow cooker with broth, butter, and garlic, and wait for the potatoes to all but prepare themselves. Mash the finished product by hand for a chunkier dish or with an electric mixer for a smooth and creamy result. Stir in Greek yogurt and top with anything from cheddar cheese and bacon to chives and green onions.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Martha Stewart Slow Cooker ($26)

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The Recipe: You can’t go wrong with these creamy garlic mashed potatoes. Make them light or hearty, depending on your choice of milk and sour cream. Leave the peels on the potatoes or remove them if you prefer. Mix until they’re velvety smooth or until you’re left with the perfect chunky consistency. It’s entirely up to you, and making these decisions is pretty much the only thing you have to do to prepare this side. Leave the rest to the crockpot.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

easy crockpot recipes
Creme de la Crumb

The Recipe: If you’re looking to try something a little different, you’ll want to prepare these mashed sweet potatoes for a side dish that’s a touch more sweet than savory. The process is the same as any other recipe for crockpot mashed potatoes only you’ll want to test out some different seasonings and toppings. Think cinnamon instead of garlic and chopped pecans instead of bacon. Simply cook the potatoes for a few hours, add butter and milk, and then mix for a perfectly creamy side.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Farmhouse Pottery Dipped Beehive Crock ($165)

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Little Spice Jar

The Recipe: Let your crockpot prepare these roasted garlic mashed potatoes while you tackle the main course. The only thing you’ll have to do without the help of your slow cooker is roast a few heads of garlic in the oven beforehand. Just sprinkle with salt and pepper, wrap in foil, and bake. Once you’ve roasted your garlic, you can put the rest of the ingredients in the crockpot and let it do its thing.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Food52 Kitchen Modern Salt & Pepper Grinders ($48)

What else do you cook in your crockpot? Share your culinary discoveries in the comments below.

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