Life Saving Mashed Potatoes
Ok, so these potatoes may not really save your life but potatoes really did save my life once. Well, maybe I’m being a bit dramatic but they very well could have saved my apartment. Only a few years ago I was NOT a good cook at all. I had a few go to recipes (few, as in 3) and I made those every time I had to make anything. Seriously. Broccoli Casserole, Ham and Chocolate Chip Pound Cake. Actually now that I think about it, those may have still been the only things I ever made up until 2 years ago. I liked to cook but I was horrible in the kitchen.
I know I’ve mentioned before that I love potatoes, it was this love for potatoes that saved me. I had just met this great guy (who I am married to now) and he told me that you could actually cut up potatoes, cook them, smash them and have mashed potatoes. This came as a bit of a shock because I was using the flakes (or buying from KFC) at the time. It sounded easy enough and you know a crazy in love girl will do almost anything to win the heart of a boy, so I decided to try it. I turned the burner up to high to bring the water to a boil and dropped my cut potatoes in. (This may or may not be the day I sliced my thumb open so far I almost passed out. I can’t remember, but I did that too- I was really horrible in the kitchen!!) I walked away from the stove and went on to something else close by.
When I turned around to check on my potatoes my pot was on fire!! I panicked! I picked up the phone to dial 911, then decided I should get out first. I scooped up the dog and began to run outside, but then I thought- wait- what about all my stuff? I turned around, what should I get? Clothes, Jewelry, Pictures, Computer?? (This is all happening within milli-seconds, my brain is processing as quickly as it can.) I look over and the flames are now going up over the sides of the pot. Then the smoke detector started going off. The dog freaked out and started scratching me, I let him down and then I chased him around for a second. Then I was like “wait a second – my potatoes!”. I ran to the firery burner, grabbed an oven mitt and proceeded to move my potatoes to a safe burner so they would not be ruined. (I do not recommend doing this!!) I was moving so quickly that water came splashing out everywhere and put out the fire. LOL, I know it sounds totally crazy and totally stupid but it is absolutly true- I caught boiling water on fire and potatoes saved my apartment from going up in flames.
I am happy to announce that I did successfully make those mashed potatoes (after I calmed down) and have never went back to the flakes or drive thru potatoes since! I’m even pretty good in the kitchen (minus the fire paranoia and tendency to cut myself). One of my favorite recipes for mashed potatoes is Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes. They are a great recipe to have on standby and feed a large crowd. They can be prepared the day before and leftovers freeze well.
Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes
5 lbs Potatoes (Any kind- I have used red, gold and russet before)
2 Garlic Cloves (minced)
3 Chicken Bouillon Cubes
1 cup Sour Cream
1 8oz block Cream Cheese
1. Peel your potatoes if desired and cut them into chunks. (Size doesn’t really matter, just try to keep them all close to the same so they will cook the same)
2. Carefully bring a large pot of water to boil. Add potatoes, minced garlic and chicken bouillon cubes to the pot and let cook until potatoes are fork tender.
3. Remove potatoes from heat and strain them, reserving some of the liquid (I usually save 1-2 cups just in case but almost never use more than a half a cup)
At this point you can place the cooked potatoes in the fridge in a covered dish overnight if you want to make them the following day, just make sure to save your liquid. When ready to put them in the crock pot just heat them up in the microwave 3-4 minutes until warm throughout and continue with step 4.
4. Put potatoes in the crockpot, add sour cream and cream cheese. Mash until desired consistency. Use the reserved liquid as needed to make sure they are not to thick. Season with salt/pepper to taste and cook on low for 2-3 hours.
Optional- Just before serving you can stir in some butter to give it a little extra flavor. The original recipe calls for a stick. I found that to be unnecessary and do not use any when cooking these for us. If I’m taking them somewhere I may put 2-3 tablespoons in.
These are a great side to go with my favorite Grilled Chicken and would be perfect to bring along to your next holiday or gathering. I have even frozen them in individual sized, microwavable containers. Just set them out to thaw or defrost them and heat in the microwave for a minute or so.
I would love to know that I’m not the only one that was/is horrible in the kitchen. Leave a comment below and tell me your funny story.
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