In my MEGA MAKE AHEAD MEALS to FEED LARGE FAMILIES and BIG CROWDS!! video, I cook up several Large Family Meals that are perfect for holiday feasts, Sunday dinners, or any day. I made a big batch of Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes and some delicious Freezer Friendly Gravy. I also make up two 9″ x 13″ pans of Make-Ahead Cheesy Potatoes. You’ll also get a peak at some of my Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce from the freezer, so easy to make up ahead of time during the holidays.
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes for a Crowd
There are a number of ways to prepare & cook mashed potatoes in the slow cooker – whole, cut up, skins on, skins off, etc… In this post (and video), I go with the classic, wash, peel, & dice method.
Yes, peeling and chopping an entire bag of potatoes takes time, but it’s really only a few extra minutes, and dicing them will make them cook much faster. If you have kids old enough to handle a peeler and/or a knife, you can enlist some helpers and you’ll be done in a jiffy!
The recipe I make in the video is best served that day. I also have a great recipe for Mashed Potatoes for the Freezer. The secret those is the amount of cream cheese and butter to help with the freezing process and defrosting. When freezing and reheating potatoes, the richer & creamier the better!
My Basic Large Family Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Start by washing, peeling, and dicing a 10 lb bag of potatoes. Dump diced potatoes into a 7 or 8 qt slow cooker. Add salt, pepper, onion powder, and some minced garlic to taste. I think I used about 3 TBSP of minced garlic for this batch. Next, add 3 cups of milk and give a quick stir or two to distribute the seasoning. Finally, put the lid on and set your slow cooker on high. Your potatoes should be ready in 2 to 3 hours, depending on how many potatoes you used and how small you diced them. This is a very general recipe, not an exact science!
After the potatoes are cooked to fork tender, soften a cup (2 sticks) of butter in the microwave. Unless you thought way ahead and have it ready to go at room temperature! 😎 Dump soft butter into the slow cooker with an additional 2 cups of milk, and start mixing and mashing to your heart’s content. Add a bit more milk if needed, and there you go, Easy Large Family Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes.
More Make Ahead Meals to Feed Large Families and Big Crowds
In the video, I next make up two 9″ x 13″ pans of Make-Ahead Cheesy Potatoes, which starts with some onion chopping. While they bake, I get to work on a big batch of my favorite Freezer Friendly Gravy!
At the end of the video I pull out a frozen bag of my Make Ahead Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce to show you how handy it is to have some on hand for holiday meals. And so yummy!!