Gather Your Ingredients
Before you begin making slow cooker mashed potatoes, it’s important to gather all of your ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 5 pounds of potatoes (russet or Yukon gold work well)
- 1 cup of chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 cup of milk or cream
- 4 tablespoons of butter
- Salt and pepper to taste
Prepare the Potatoes
Start by washing and peeling the potatoes. Once they are peeled, cut them into chunks, about 1 inch in size. This will help them cook evenly in the slow cooker. If you prefer, you can leave the potatoes unpeeled for a more rustic mashed potato texture.
Cook the Potatoes
Place the potato chunks in the slow cooker and add the chicken or vegetable broth. The broth will add flavor to the potatoes as they cook. Cover the slow cooker and cook the potatoes on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours. The cooking time will vary depending on the size of your potato chunks and the specific slow cooker you are using.
Mash the Potatoes
Once the potatoes are tender and cooked through, it’s time to mash them. Remove the lid from the slow cooker and use a potato masher or a fork to mash the potatoes until they reach your desired consistency. If you like smoother mashed potatoes, you can also use a hand mixer or a stand mixer to achieve a creamier texture.
Add Creaminess and Seasonings
After mashing the potatoes, it’s time to add the final touches. Add the milk or cream to the slow cooker and stir it into the mashed potatoes until well combined. This will add a creamy texture to the dish. Next, add the butter and continue to stir until it melts into the potatoes. Finally, season to taste with salt and pepper, adjusting the amounts to your preference.