Free up space in your oven this holiday season with these Slow Cooker Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes. They’re tangy and full of garlic flavor from the herb goat cheese, fluffy and irresistibly delicious. They’re sure to have your guests going back for seconds!
You’ve gotta try, the BEST green bean casserole, entirely made from scratch, super easy and delicious!
Happy Friday the 13th! Did you know it’s the 3rd time, in 2015, that the thirteenth has fallen on a Friday? Pretty cool, huh? I am not a superstitious person but I always do wonder what might happen on that day. Alas, they’re always uneventful, which is probably a good thing.
The biggest event today, so far, is that I purchased the new Justin Bieber cd. I mentioned on instagram that I’m a #belieber and I’m not even ashamed. His new song “I’ll Show You” is by far my favorite. I love a good upbeat song that can get me singing at the top of my lungs. I also love when they have a good message behind them. The last cd I actually purchased (who does that anymore?) was Justin Bieber’s believe cd back in 2012. So yes, folks, I’m a belieber.
Are you still with me? Good because I’ve got more recipes for Thanksgiving to bring you in the upcoming week and this one might be my favorite. Have you guys finalized your menu yet? I hope not, because these Slow Cooker Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes need to be included on it.
When you think of a dinner party, holiday table or just a family dinner in, potatoes, in some form, are almost always included. I know we love a good steak and baked potato, or pork chops and au gratin potatoes and nothing is better than meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Potatoes are so versatile. They can be baked, broiled, grilled fried and steamed, however you choose, they’ll be delicious. So it’s a no brainer when it comes to planning a holiday meal that you have included potatoes, somehow, usually in the mashed form.
Every year, I have made Pioneer Woman’s Creamy Mashed Potatoes. Can you tell I love the woman? Her and all her buttery glory always seem to make it to my dinner menus. Her food is just good, period. Anyways, this year I wanted to try something different. I wanted to try to free up space in my oven because after the turkey is done, it’s always crunch time to get the side dishes cooked and ready to go and more than likely, they’re all headed for the oven. So this year, I wanted to incorporate my slow cooker to relieve one spot in my oven.
(I could just face plant into that bowl of deliciousness right there.)
Now, I will tell you of a kitchen fail I had while working on this recipe. It was the first round of these Slow Cooker Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes. First off, I used Yukon gold potatoes, which are delicious and creamy but I pulverized the crap out of them, after they cooked in the slow cooker, with an immersion blender. So hear me now, do not use an immersion blender unless you want gluey mashed potatoes. I tried to save them, as they were so darn good, but the gumminess was just too much to handle.
Round #2 started with red potatoes. what I love about red potatoes, is their skin. Whenever I make mashed potatoes with them, I always leave the skin on. It adds to the texture and makes them that much better. So, when the potatoes were finished cooking, I gingerly mashed them, with a potato masher, and left them quite lumpy. I prefer a lumpier mashed potato than a soupy one, anyways and I was worried I would repeat round 1. After the potatoes were mashed I stirred in my softened goat cheese, a little thyme and milk. I mixed everything together until it was just combined and voila, creamy, lumpy, delicious and fluffy Slow Cooker Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes. Bingo!
Do you see all those areas of white tasty goodness? That’s the herb goat cheese and its GOOD!! I love goat cheese, or any cheese for that matter, but when it comes to goat cheese and all it’s tanginess, I’m right up in it slathering it on everything from toast, wraps and sandwiches. I know not everyone is fond of goat cheese like I am, so you could stir in garlic and herb or chive and onion cream cheese. Both of those would be equally delicious in these slow cooker mashed potatoes if goat cheese isn’t your thing.
Oh and did I mention these have garlic? I referenced how we can never have enough garlic in this house in the best green bean casserole post and these mashed potatoes are no exception. They have cloves of garlic and there is also garlic in the goat cheese. As much as I love garlic, I wouldn’t say these are overly garlicky so feel free to invite over your MIL who isn’t garlic’s biggest fan, she’ll still love these.
I’ve got these babies on my Thanksgiving day menu plan and think you should too. You’ll love them, promise!
Slow Cooker Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Yield 9 servings
Free up space in your oven this holiday season with these Slow Cooker Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes. They're tangy and full of garlic flavor from the herb goat cheese, fluffy and irresistibly delicious. They're sure to have your guests going back for seconds!
- 3 lbs small red potatoes, scrubbed clean and quartered.
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 ounces garlic and herb goat cheese, softened
- 1/4-1/2 cup milk, warmed
- Spray slow cooker with cooking spray.
- Add potatoes, garlic, oil, salt and water and cook on HIGH for 3 hours.
- After 3 hours, gently mash the potatoes with a potato masher.
- Heat up your milk to about lukewarm.
- Add in goat cheese and milk. (I used 1/4 cup, you may need more for a softer consistency)
- Stir until all ingredients are incorporated.
- Serve immediately or turn slow cooker down to low for up to an additional 2 hours.
Courses Side Dish
Serving Size 9 servings
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 8 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 9 mg
Sodium 342 mg
Total Carbohydrates 23 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugars 2 g
Protein 5 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and nothing goes wrong for you on this Friday the 13th. Stay tuned because I’ve got 3 more Thanksgiving day recipes coming at you next week which will round-up our Thanksgiving posts for the year, then it’s on to Christmas!
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