Slow Cooked Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes

2 1/2 to 3 lb red skin potatoes, quartered
4 cloves garlic, sliced
3/4 cup chicken or turkey stock
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon chopped rosemary

Place the potatoes in the slow cooker. Add garlic, broth and rosemary. Stir. Cook and cook on high until potatoes are tender, about 3-4 hours. Pour in milk, butter and sour cream, mash. Serve right away or adjust the setting to low to keep warm until you are ready to serve.

My thoughts:

Someone sent me a link on Twitter for some slow cooker mashed potatoes. The recipe itself didn’t look too appetizing (it called for spreadable, flavored cream cheese) but I liked the idea so I came up with this recipe. Anyway, of course it is quicker to make the potatoes on the stove but making them in the slow cooker is perfect for the holidays or entertaining. Not only do they keep warm in the slow cooker for as long as you need them but they free up a burner on the stove and eliminate the need to boil water or keep an eye on them. The garlic in these takes on a mild roasted taste and just melts into the creamy (but not too rich!) mashed potatoes.


  1. Thanks for this idea. I’ve been looking for a make ahead mashed potato recipe for Thanksgiving that I could put in the slow cooker to keep warm. This combines the two ideas, and it sounds delicious too. Bookmarked!

  2. this looks delicious 🙂

  3. I think this sounds fantastic! Sweet potatoes would be good this way too I’m guessing.

  4. I never thought of using the slow cooker. What a great idea. This looks delicious!

  5. Perfect for Thanksgiving! They read and look delicious, thanks 🙂

  6. This is brilliant. We have an upcoming winter holiday party at work. I think this is what I’ll contribute as a side dish. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Never thought of slow-cooked mashed potatoes, but now I must try. Thanks for the great tip! Maybe drizzled with some aromatic olive oil?

  8. THAT is a fantastic idea. My mom’s hosting, I’ll have to forward this to her. What a great tip, thank you for sharing the recipe! I bet some roasted garlic would be heavenly in there, too.

  9. This is great. A perfect recipe for my daughter to bring to dinner. Absolutely love it.

  10. Looks really delicious!


  11. To echo those above: what an excellent recipe for Thanksgiving! I’ve always hated making mashed potatoes because they have to be done RIGHT BEFORE you sit down to eat. Pain.

  12. I made this today and they were fantastic! Creamy and just yum! And so easy, I put them in the crockpot, left for an appointment, came home and had them done in 3 minutes. We are making them for Thanksgiving!

  13. I’ve never thought of using broth/stock in the potatoes, what a cool idea! I also like the concept of making them in the slow cooker!

  14. Ok, you are on a serious roll here! This is genius, and it is nice to see a recipe for mashed potatoes that a)doesn’t take 18 sticks of butter and b)doesn’t require a burner on the stove when those will be in short supply on Thanksgiving…

    Between this and the stuffing balls I’m rearing to go!

  15. If you double this recipe, do you have to increase the time?

  16. I wouldn't think so. You'd have to use a larger slow cooker, of course, but it should be fine.