I am 44 yrs old and cook a lot, but have avoided making mashed potatoes. I always assign that task to someone else on Thanksgiving! This recipe is wonderful and my 14 yr old just said, "it gets better with each taste." I don't know what to compare it to, but I love that it can go in the slow cooker...and the flavors were all enhanced during the time it was in the slow cooker. A couple of comments - I hate not knowing exactly how much liquid to add - I wanted at least a ball park idea (I used 1 1/4 cups...was that enough?...I was afraid to use too much). I used a potato masher, but it still left small chunks of potatoes and wasn't totally smooth. I happened to love that, but it was off putting to my 11 yr old daughter. Overall, I feel like it was missing something, but not sure what...next time I will definitely add more garlic. Also, it takes much much longer than 15 minutes to prepare 5 lbs of potatoes!! You have to wash, cut (and peel if you have picky eaters), then boil water and THEN cook them for 15 minutes, and finally mash and add all the extras. All of that takes closer to 45 minutes...but I'm a novice mashed potato maker. I accidentally added the butter before the slow cooker and it was fine. Next time I will put the potatoes in the mixer to get a smoother texture.
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I am 44 yrs old and cook a lot, but have avoided making mashed potatoes. I always assign that...