My sweet husband LOVES garlic mashed potatoes! I pretty much love any mashed potatoes. They are the perfect creamy vessel for my daily butter and salt intake. When I started seeing a few recipes for crockpot mashed potatoes floating around here and there, I was definitely thinking, this could be a game changer. But will they really cook that way, or turn out gummy or something?
So I tried them a few different ways, and decided to try roasting the garlic (the same way I do in the oven) in a foil packet in the crockpot. The garlic needs a little more crockpot time than the potatoes do, so I put the foil packet of garlic into the empty crockpot on high for an hour before I added the liquid and potatoes. It came out perfectly!
When the potatoes were tender, I pulled out the foil packet, squeezed out all the roasted garlicky goodness, smashed it into a paste, and then whipped those bad boys into shape! Lindsay, from Pinch of Yum, whipped hers right in the crockpot, which is genius! So convenient to be able to keep them warm in the crockpot, especially if you are bringing them to a Thanksgiving gathering away from home.
I also like to add a little cream cheese to make them extra, ya know, CREAMY. Just makes my day every time!
If you want to make these for Thanksgiving, a five pound bag of potatoes made into mashed potatoes serves 10-12 people. It fits well in a 5-6 quart crockpot. Hope you get a chance to try these. Love them!
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Easy Creamy Crockpot Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 3 hours
- Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
- Yield: 10 1x
- Category: Sides
- Method: Slow Cooker
- Cuisine: American
The easiest way to make roasted garlic mashed potatoes, without turning on the oven! Perfectly fluffy and creamy!
- 1 head of garlic
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 5 pounds Russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 ounces softened cream cheese
- 1/4 cup butter
- additional milk as needed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- dried parsley (optional)
- Set your crockpot on high heat.
- Slice off the top (the pointy end) of the head of garlic. Place it on a piece of foil and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top. Do not peel the garlic or separate the cloves. Wrap the garlic up into a little foil packet, and place it in the crockpot. Cook for 1 hour.
- Remove the garlic foil packet from the crockpot. Spray your crockpot with nonstick spray for easy cleanup. Add the chopped and peeled potatoes, chicken broth and milk. Place the foil packet of garlic on top of the potatoes. Cover and cook on high for another 3-4 hours.
- When potatoes are fork tender remove the foil packet from the crockpot. Add cream cheese, butter, and salt to the crockpot. Open the foil packet and allow the garlic to cool so you can handle it. Squeeze the garlic head so that the cloves pop out and add them to the potatoes. Use a hand mixer to whip them until they are smooth, adding more milk as needed. Taste and add seasoning as needed. Turn heat to low and cover until ready to serve.
Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum I have also made this recipe with red potatoes, and left the skin on, which makes them that much easier! I used a potato masher instead of an electric mixer for chunkier mashed potatoes.
- Serving Size: 1 Serving
- Calories: 305
- Sugar: 4g
- Sodium: 430mg
- Fat: 8.2g
- Saturated Fat: 4.7g
- Unsaturated Fat: 2.7g
- Trans Fat: 0.2g
- Carbohydrates: 51g
- Fiber: 5.3g
- Protein: 7.5g
- Cholesterol: 21mg
Keywords: easy creamy crockpot roasted garlic mashed potatoes, crockpot mashed potatoes, potatoes, roasted garlic, Thanksgiving
Katya @ Little Broken says
What a great idea Julie! I’ve been seeing crockpot mashed potatoes all over pinterest/blogs and I think it’s the smartest thing ever, especially around Thanksgiving. These look delish. I’m not hosting this year but next year I’ll have to keep these in mind.
Lisa Larson says
Julie, I just spent the last hour pouring over your blog!! Your family is adorable and your recipes look SO yummy! I’m totally smitten. It was so great to meet you last night– Seriously, the highlight of my week! Thank for such great company and conversation!! You are such an inspiring woman!!
Right back at you Lisa. Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
I love that you roast the garlic in the crockpot! I’m so excited to have 1 easy dish for Thursday! Have a great Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your sweet family too. Hope you enjoy the potatoes!
When do I add the dried parsley?
June G. says
This made it to my menu, best mashed potatoes to date!!
I’m so glad! Thanks, June.
Can these be made a day in advance??
I haven’t tried making them a day ahead of serving so I’m not sure, but I don’t see why not. Let me know how it goes if you decide to try it.
I made these yesterday for Easter dinner. They were so DELICIOUS! I received so many compliments. I will definitely be making these again. The recipe fed even more people than expected, I served 13 adults and 5 kids and everyone had a nice size portion 🙂
Thanks so much for letting me know Kristen. I’m glad everyone enjoyed!
Elaine Chia says
My daughterr is a real picky eater, but she love this recipe. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Hi! I’d like to double the recipe to 10lbs of potatoes (using red potatoes). What would my cook time be?
Hard to say because crockpots can vary from brand to brand, but I don’t think it will take too much longer as long as your crockpot is larger.
Hi There! What would be the cook time for the garlic by itself and then the cook time for the potatoes if I want to halve the recipe?
Thanks! These look yummy!
Can I substitute yukon gold potatoes instead of russet?
I think those should work just fine!