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The Easiest Mashed Potatoes You Will Ever Make
Crowd-pleasing mashed potatoes aren't difficult to make on the stovetop, but they do require attention as they simmer to the perfect mashable consistency. The slow cooker eliminates the need for such a close eye, since its low heat practically guarantees the potatoes won't overcook. Place the spuds into the pot, pour broth on top and let the appliance take over. Within hours, they'll be soft; then, just drain the potatoes and return them to the slow cooker, add buttermilk, sour cream, some of the cooking broth, butter—and mash away.

Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Mashed Potatoes