I hope you enjoyed my last post on Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole because the slow cooker Thanksgiving recipes continue today with these Beer Cheese Mashed Potatoes!
The day I eventually host Thanksgiving will be the day I own
at least a dozen two slow cookers. I imagine dedicating as much of the oven to the biggest turkey I can find, the rest of the oven-space to an inordinate amount of stuffing, and then breaking out the two slow cookers for potatoes and other vegetable side-dishes.
The desire for a stress-free holiday is one I’m sure we all share. Why not remove all the frustrating aspects of mashed potatoes: finding a big enough pot, the time-consuming boiling, the draining of scorching-hot water and just simply whip them up in your slow cooker? In a slow cooker you only need a tiny bit of liquid to steam the potatoes, which means no pots boiling over on your stove top and no draining potatoes into your probably-already-full-because-its-Thanksgiving sink.
I’m serious, friends: draining boiling potatoes is my worst nightmare. Hot water inevitably splashes up and scorches my arms, and my glasses get fogged up while the water is draining.
Being temporarily blind while attempting to drain really hot water into a tiny sink – is it any wonder I’ve moved to slow-cooking my mashed potatoes?
I promise that you will never want to make mashed potatoes the old-fashioned way again.
Let’s get into the delicious details about these Slow Cooker Beer Cheese Mashed Potatoes. Simply peel your potatoes, quarter them, and place them in the bottom of your slow cooker with some butter, chicken stock, and a bit of beer. Then it’s just a matter of pressing a button and leaving the potatoes alone for a few hours, which leaves you with plenty of stove space and time to focus on your other thanksgiving fixins’.
When they’re done cooking, simply mash to your preferred consistency with a bit of half and half and shredded cheddar cheese. That’s all there is to it. You can even keep them warm in the slow cooker and have everyone serve themselves buffet-style this Thanksgiving. These Beer Cheese Mashed Potatoes are the true one-pot-wonder this holiday season.
They are pretty much a one-pot-wonder any season. I love serving them as a side dish for meals during the week because it’s so effortless to just throw them in my slow cooker and leave them alone until dinnertime. The combination of salty cheddar cheese and beer (I like to go with a brown ale or just a simple wheat beer) is sure to be a new Thanksgiving favorite.
Just a quick note – though the amount of beer is small in this recipe (similar to the Maple Bourbon Braised Carrots recipe last week) you can easily remove the alcohol from this recipe and you’ll still be left with creamy, fluffy, cheesy mashed potatoes.
Happy Slow Cooking!