If you know me in real life, or if you have read this blog for very long, you know that I am not a good cook. I can follow recipes, if they don’t ask for ingredients that I cannot pronounce. I am always looking for recipes that use few ingredients and do not require my standing on my feet for long periods of time. I love my crock pot. I love my oven and ย my microwave. I also love drive-thru restaurants, but that’s a post for another time.

I usually use my crock pot each Sunday for our noon meal. I sometimes use it during the week, too. One thing I love to do with my crock pot is bake potatoes in it. It’s a tip my sister gave me a long time ago. You wash your potatoes, wrap them in foil, then prick them through the foil with a fork, cook on high for about 4 hours. This was working very well until I noticed that I was jabbing bits of foil into the potato, and after it baked, it was very hard to remove said bits of foil. Yesterday, as I prepared our potatoes, I mentioned my dilemma to my husband. He said, “Prick them before you wrap them.” I said, “Oh. Okay.” I had been concerned they wouldn’t cook up right if they foil wasn’t pricked, but, I discovered that I was wrong! They baked beautifully! I was going to serve them to the family when my husband said, “Why don’t you just mash them, with the skins on?” I said, “Oh. Okay.” (Boy, what would I do without him to help me cook? And make money for me to spend? Yikes.) I pulled out my handy-dandy hand mixer and whirred away. I threw in a stick of butter so I could do something that he didn’t suggest, and so I could pretend I was Paula Deen.

Here they are! They tasted very good! No, perhaps not “Paula” good, but good enough.ย The little girls were bothered by the brown skins, but I thought they just made them look more nutritious. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 
4-6 potatoes of your choice
1 stick butter or margarine
Salt to taste
Wash potatoes, prick with fork.Wrap each potato in a piece of foil. Place in crock pot. If baking 6 or fewer potatoes, cook on high for 4 hours in a 5 quart crock pot. If you cook more than 6 potatoes, you may need to add to the cooking time. Since I’ve never cooked more than seven potatoes this way, I cannot say exactly how long it will take. If you know, please leave me a comment! Thanks!ย 
Once they are tender, mash with a fork just a bit, then mix on high, or mash by hand. Add butter or margarine and salt to taste.

Sit down and relish these potatoes which required so little effort. Have your kids clean up the mess, then take a nap. ๐Ÿ™‚



6 thoughts on “Mashed Potatoes with Skins

  1. Sonja says:

    I'm with your little girls on this one! I could not handle the skins in mashed potatoes! I never thought about baking them in the crock pot, though, that is awesome! Thanks


  2. Jennifer P says:

    I would like to use my crockpot more, but cooking meat in it is all I have really done. Lack of crockpot recipes is part of the problem, so I guess I need to get online and look for some. Cooking potatoes in it sounds good!


  3. Lol, Sonja!:) Dixie Cafe serves their mashed potatoes with the skins. They taste great! ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. LOL! I've used my roaster for potatoes but never thought to use my crockpot ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Elsa Tesfam says:

    I love mashed potatoes–either way…or any way, for that matter! Good tip for using the slow cooker!


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