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Cooking with CESI: Slow Cooker Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Looking for a hearty and delicious side item recipe to serve for your Holiday meal? This slow cooker mashed potato recipe from Taste of Home hits all the right requirements! You can make it ahead and heat it for serving, freeing up precious room in your oven, and potatoes are an economical item to feed to a crowd. This recipe has a few special touches that will make slightly more expensive than traditional mashed potatoes, but the taste is sure to wow your family. We estimate the cost of this dish at $15 or less to prepare, and it feeds a crowd, so it should be less than $1.50 per serving.

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Ingredients

  • 3 pounds cubed peeled potatoes (about 10 medium)
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Place potatoes in a Dutch oven, adding water to cover. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until tender, 10-15 minutes. Drain; return to pan. Mash with cream cheese, sour cream, butter and milk. Stir in bacon, cheeses, onions and seasonings. Cover; refrigerate overnight.
  2. Transfer to a greased 3- or 4-quart slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low 3-3-1/2 hours. Yield: 10 servings.

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