Friday, June 28, 2013

Garlic Smashed Crock Pot Potatoes

I love having a nice meal ready for me at the end of the day, one that's been slowly cooking in the crock pot. In the summer it's great to not turn on the stove as often. Until the other day though, I don't think I've ever used my crock pot for a side dish. Lots of dips and appetizers, even a dessert but never potatoes.

I even felt we had a nice sit-down meal and were out the door by 6 p.m. for a night of softball games. I started these during nap time and by the time I started prepping dinner, they were all ready. I'm not sure how well they would work set at on the low setting for several hours, but it might be worth a try. I understand not everyone is able to work from home like I am and has the luxury to start meal prepping throughout the day.

These went great with our grilled pork chops as they would with any sort of meat. I even thought about adding some crumbled up bacon and cheddar cheese....maybe next time though!

Garlic Smashed Crock Pot Potatoes

2-1/2 lbs. small red potatoes
3 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp. Lawry's seasoning
2 tbsp. olive oil
2/3 cup water
4 oz. cream cheese
3 tbsp. butter
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream or milk, plus another splash or two

Dice potatoes and add to the crock pot. Add in garlic, seasonings, olive oil and water. Mix well to combine. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or until potatoes are tender. Remove lid and using potato masher, mash until desired consistency. Stir in cream cheese, butter and milk or whipping cream. Serve immediately or switch to warm setting until ready to serve.

Adapted from: The Crockin' Girls Slow Cookin' Companion


Any big plans for today? I'm going to enjoy my day off with the family! No orders to fill for the weekend either. I think the girls and I will make our way to the pool later this afternoon to soak up some of this beautiful sun. Have a great Friday!

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