Today was a busy day for me, and on busy days I often pull out my old reliable friend...the crock-pot. I have tried many different uses and recipes to be used with my crock-pot, but the one I used today, was a first for me. I had some potatoes that I needed to use. About 12 medium sized potatoes. I was in the mood for mashed potatoes, which remains one of my favorite ways to eat potatoes. I wondered what would happen if I peeled them, cut them in chunks, put them in my Pam sprayed crock-pot, added 2 cups of water, a pad of butter, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Would they be tender enough to mash by late afternoon.? Never hurts to try. Quite honestly, my crock-pot rarely disappoints me in how it prepares my food. Today was no exception. I put it on "High" for 5 hours, and when the time was up...
...the chunks were so tender. I drained the water, whipped the potatoes the way I always do. I am sure you all have your special way of doing that. For me, I add 3/4 cup of hot milk, 2 tsp. soft butter, 1 tsp. garlic powder, a pinch of salt and pepper, whipping with my hand held electric mixer until very smooth. They were so white and fluffy, just as I like them. At this point, I resprayed the crock-pot and put the whipped potatoes back in it, turned it to low, and just let it set until the dinner hour. My friend taught me a few years ago, that the crock-pot on low, is a good way to keep mashed potatoes hot and moist until you are ready to eat them, since I do not like last minute food preparations at my dinners.
So you can see how nicely this whole process worked, creating very little work and prep time for a delicious portion of mashed potatoes. The black specks on the potatoes on this picture are from the black pepper I sprinkled on them. This did make a large portion, so I will use the remaining mashed potatoes to make a potato recipe to give to my daughter and her husband. Her twins are due soon and cooking just seems easier for me than for her, right now.
My dinner centerpiece...the last of the brilliantly colored zinnias from her flower garden. For some reason, zinnias always make me smile. Another reason to smile, is that I now know that my crock-pot will be used often for all of the steps in creating delicious, fluffy mashed potatoes.