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Thanksgiving Potatoes 101: Slow Cooker Essentials

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Creamy, buttery, crispy or fluffy - there are a number of ways to create the perfect potato dish this Thanksgiving. No matter which potato variety you plan to whip up for this year's big meal, there are a few important things to keep in mind when it comes to these tasty spuds.

The more starchy the potatoes, the creamier the mashed potato dish. Not only do they fall apart more easily, but starchy potatoes are best for absorbing all of that dairy. When it comes to potatoes, you can never use too much butter. Finally, it's important to never let your potatoes overcook, and with the Crock-Pot® 6-Quart Cook & Carry™ Digital Slow Cooker with Heat-Saver™ you'll never have to worry about that! 

Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are one of the most popular dishes at the Thanksgiving table and best of all, they're one of the simplest dishes to make.


  • 5 pounds medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 12 tablespoons butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups milk, warm
  • 2 tablespoons sliced chives.

In your slow cooker, combine the chopped potatoes, butter, salt and pepper. Add 1 cup of water then cover and cook on high for about 4 hours, until potatoes are tender. Once tender, add in sour cream and warm milk. Mash potatoes until smooth and fluffy, garnish with chives and enjoy!

Candied pecans make a great addition to sweet potato casseroles.Candied pecans make a great addition to sweet potato casseroles.

Sweet Potato Casserole
Savory and delectable, a sweet potato casserole is best when topped with melted marshmallows or a layer of pecans.

Casserole Ingredients:

  • 4 cups mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 3 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extra
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows (optional).

Pecan Topping Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flower
  • 3/4 cups pecans, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter, mixed.

Lightly coat the inside of your slow cooker with butter. In a bowl, combine sweet potatoes and the following seven ingredients. Beat at medium speed until smooth. Add in whipping cream and stir well. Spoon mixture into your slow cooker. If making the pecan topped version, in a small bowl combine butter, pecans, flour and light brown sugar and sprinkle over the sweet potatoes. Cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours. If opting for the marshmallow topping, omit the pecan topping step and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours.  Add marshmallows to sweet potato casserole 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

Due to the slow ramp up, and even heating of a slow cooker, recipes featured on this site can be cooked in a range of slow cooker sizes. Recipes can be increased or decreased by one quart size per the cooking instructions. For smaller sauces and dips that calls for 3 quarts or less, it is not recommended to alter the unit size. Crock-Pot® is a registered trademark and should not be used generically when referring to a 'slow cooker' within the recipes.
Sunbeam Products, Inc. d/b/a Jarden Consumer Solutions has not tested these recipes and is not responsible for the outcome of any recipe. You may not achieve the results desired due to variations in ingredients, cooking temperatures, cooking times, typos, errors, omissions, or individual cooking abilities. Please always use your best judgment when cooking with raw ingredients such as eggs, chicken or fish.


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