My toughest critics

My toughest critics

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes with Cheese

It was 90 degrees outside today and there was nooooo way I was turning on my oven.  I had seen a few different sites talking abou crock pot mashed potatoes and I thought I would make a hybrid version.  The flavor was awesome and they were creamy and just fantastic.  Captain and the kids raved and the house stayed cool.  Win Win!!! Since we are heading into summer aka: Grill Season, you will see a lot more crock side dishes!

2.5 lbs potatoes peeled and cubed (I used Yukon Gold Organic)
1 cup chicken broth
1/8 cup butter cut into small pieces

Put the above in a crock pot on high and cook for 4.5 hours.  Stir on occassion.
Mash when tender

THEN add:

1/4 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup cheddar
1/2 cup warm milk
salt and pepper to taste

Mash it all together and there you have it!!!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Baked Potatoes...who knew?

My friend sent me a link to baked potatoes in the crock.  I thought that was neat but why would I ever do that when I could just stick them in the oven?  I came across the answer to that question last week on Captain's birthday.  Now, he is a steak and potato type of guy and for his birthday (which was on a work day) he wanted baked potatoes.  I was trying to figure out how I could do this when I was working and would not be home until 30 minutes before dinner.  Of course I could have microwaved the potatoes but they NEVER taste good that way.  I remembered this and it turned out wonderful!  The potatoes were evenly cooked and moist.  Perfecto!

wash potatoes, poke a few fork holes in potato, wrap in foil, put in crock on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.