These mashed potatoes are seriously to die for. And they are so simple you won’t believe it. My secret is out and now my family members (about 20 who come to my house every year on Christmas Eve) will know how easy it really is.
I stumbled across this recipe in my “Fix it and Forget It” slow cooker cookbook a few years ago. Not only are these potatoes delicious, they make my life so much easier because I prep them in the morning and they just cook all day. They are always hot, creamy and ready to go whenever dinner is ready.
First start with organic potatoes. The problem with conventionally-grown potatoes is that they are treated with fungicides during the growing season and sprayed with herbicides both before harvesting and after they're dug up to prevent them from sprouting. Potatoes, being a root vegetable, absorb all the chemicals that wind up in soil. Washing and peeling is not enough – all those herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides are absorbed into the entire vegetable. Still not sold? See this article “7 Foods that should never cross your lips”. One of those seven of course… non-organic potatoes.
Organic potatoes are around $1-$2 a pound, just slightly more expensive than conventional spuds. It’s worth the few extra dollars. They aren't hard to find. I just picked up mine at Trader Joe's.
Extra Good Mashed Potatoes
(makes 12 servings)
- 5 lbs. of potatoes, peeled cooked and mashed
- 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
- 1 ½ cups sour cream
- 3 tsp. onion or garlic salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- Peel and cook the potatoes. I like to leave a little bit of the skin on to give the potatoes some texture – and since they are organic, I’m not worried about chemicals on the potatoes’ skin getting into our meal. Also, they don’t have to be mashed completely as they soften up in the slow cooker and you can stir them every couple of hours to creamy perfection.
- Combine potatoes and all the ingredients in your slow cooker.
- Cook on low for about six hours. That’s it!
You can also add shredded cheese, chopped garlic, paprika or other spices to the mix. Experiment and see what works for you. Seriously, these mashed potatoes are so easy, so delicious, and make meal preparation much less hectic. I promise you’ll love them.
Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy, peaceful holiday season.
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