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A Streamlined Approach to a Classic Side
You may have heard that you can keep mashed potatoes warm in the slow cooker—but here's something new: You can actually cook the entire dish in the pot too. In fact, the method is so easy, it might just become your new go-to for mashed potatoes throughout the year. You quarter red potatoes, place them in a slow cooker with some seasonings, aromatics and a small amount of broth and cook for three hours on low. Mash the potatoes using a hand blender, adding butter and milk, and that's it—the mashed spuds can be kept warm in the cooker until you're ready to eat.

Get the recipe: Roasted Garlic and Herb Mashed Potatoes