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Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Sour cream and cream cheese give richness to these smooth make-ahead potatoes from Trudy Vincent, Valles Mines, Missouri. "They are wonderful for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner since there's no last-minute mashing required," she remarks.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2 hours YIELD:8-10 servings


  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon softened butter, divided
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 6 cups warm mashed potatoes (without added milk or butter)


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream, 1/4 cup butter, salad dressing mix and parsley; stir in potatoes. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours. Top with remaining butter. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with fresh potatoes (not instant) in a slow cooker with heating elements surrounding the unit, not only in the base.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 210 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 670mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 4g fiber), 3g protein.

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hamish7771 User ID: 3711726 258597
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2016

"Loved this recipe! I doubled it to serve 16 (5lb potatoes, 8oz cream cheese, 8oz sour cream) and made in advance, adding milk half way through the cooking time. Rave reviews from everyone!"

JMartinelli13 User ID: 92779 232823
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2015

"I've been making these for almost 10 years now. Always a hit. Sometimes i substitute greek yogurt for the sour cream."

katierw80 User ID: 737453 230938
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2015

"This has a really good taste and is easy to make. If it is too thick, then just add enough milk to get it to the consistency that you want it. You could also add a little milk if it was going to be in the crockpot longer than a few hours."

Bonnie1969 User ID: 8183551 215970
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2014


Bonnie1969 User ID: 8183551 215968
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2014

"I made these potatoes both for Christmas Eve and again with my family Christmas day. The first batch I made was only okay. I followed the recipe exactly and the potatoes were really thick. I then decided to add more flavor and cream cheese, sour cream and butter. The flavor was really good, BUT the potatoes were really thick. I would not make them again."

CooknFox_NC User ID: 971981 83452
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2014

"Great Recipe! I doubled the butter and used mayo instead of the cream cheese (I didn't have any and didn't realize it until the last minute). I will use the mayo again! (1/2 cup). These are awesome and got rave reviews from my entire family. I used a full 5 lb bag of potatoes. I also added pepper (salt in the ranch mix). Don't forget to stir in the slow cooker every 30-45 minutes."

rodricat User ID: 3743046 75577
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013

"A real hit. So surprised that I can make this a day or two ahead, then just reheat in the crockpot. They still tasted like they were just made, soft and creamy."

JFawley User ID: 7103943 27220
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2013


JFawley User ID: 7103943 67033
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2013

"For the 6 cups of mashed potatoes, I just used a 5 lb. bag of yellow potatoes. I did add a couple of things. First, instead of block cream cheese, I used 1/2 cup whipped cream cheese. I also added 1/4 tsp. of garlic powder, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/8 tsp. pepper, and 1/2 tsp. freeze-dried chives. Delicious! The best mashed potatoes I've ever made and they didn't get dried out at all in the slow cooker :-)"

sharrison3535 User ID: 6627998 75576
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2013

"Can I make this up the night before and just reheat it on Thanksgiving?"

judyjerry User ID: 2201453 75567
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2012

"About how much is 8 cups of potatoes? 10 lbs or 5 lbs?"

angelampie User ID: 5934380 75565
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2012

"I have been making this for a couple of years now, first time was for Thanksgiving and what a huge hit! Only mistake I made was not doubling the recipe!"

kcarrlcsw User ID: 4553053 43306
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

"Excellent! easy and delicious! This recipe is a keeper. Thank you for submitting this wonderfully surprising recipe."

[email protected] User ID: 4457848 105938
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2011

"Made it for Thanksgiving - everyone loved them and wanted the recipe."

alyssabird91 User ID: 4183557 81923
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"Aaaamazing. So good. I made them for a potluck and wanted to take some home to my boyfriend but they were completely gone. So good."

Clemh User ID: 5721012 83451
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"Great way to save the day, especially on Thanksgiving. I don't add parsley due to family request - but this is delicious!"

alyssabird91 User ID: 4183557 75563
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2011

"These are great! I brought them to a potluck and told my boyfriend I'd bring him some back to try after. Needless to say that wasn't possible. I will definitely have to make these again to please the ranch lover."

puppylove_214 User ID: 1381970 75562
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"These potatoes are so insanely good, I don't think I will ever make mashed potatoes without the ranch dressing packet ever again! That's the secret ingredient that makes these so very yummy!!!"

sugeri User ID: 1011697 81919
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2010

"This will be a new holiday standard - easy, tasty and so convenient."

ojc0806 User ID: 4482783 75561
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"Very easy and yummy. I boil and mash the potatoes a day ahead of time and store in the fridge then the next day mix together and cook in crock pot as directed."

sandra.sawyer User ID: 1652231 74025
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2009

"I made this recipe twice over the holiday and have had requests for the recipe both times. It was excellent--easy to make and flavor-full in the eating. It is so good to have the potatoes done early and "out of the way" from the range top! I will definitely use this again."

cheriwinkle User ID: 1239361 203902
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2009

"mamabear-just 'mash' the potatoes-don't make mashed potatoes out of them (that's what the other ingredients will do!) If it said 'warm carrots mashed' you would just mash up the carrots (that is, smash them with a potato masher) and continue with the recipe."

Heidi Thomas User ID: 1601081 28886
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2009

"I make this for every holiday meal!"

darnewt User ID: 1087418 82091
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2009

"This is the only recipe I make for the holidays."

mammabear User ID: 1396158 81876
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2009

"how do you make mash potatoes with out milk. just use the water they are boiled in?"

silverserenity777 User ID: 2246530 105908
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2008

"These are great! I also add some cheddar cheese to them to give it an extra burst of flavor"

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