Potato lovers, rejoice! Here’s one more tasty way to prepare your favorite spuds! These creamy cottage cheese mashed potatoes can be made in the slow cooker for a fix-and-forget side dish.
Mashed Potatoes with Cottage Cheese
Is there a better comfort food than mashed potatoes? I think not. And adding whipped cottage cheese to the mixture rather than sour cream adds protein and creaminess.
Potatoes: Use 5 pounds of medium-sized potatoes. If you use red potatoes, you can leave the skin on. Russet potatoes are better if peeled.
Garlic: Five cloves of finely chopped garlic adds that spicy zing we all love so much.
Olive oil: Use a good quality extra virgin olive oil. The recipe calls for 3 tablespoons, but the flavor of the oil will shine through.
Water & Milk: Use 1/2 cup each of water and milk to help smooth out the dish.
Cottage cheese: Whipped cottage cheese adds richness to the mashed potatoes, as well as protein.
Herbs: This addition is optional, finely chopped chives or thyme go well with the potatoes.
Salt & Pepper: You can also use any other seasonings to your own preference.
Preparing these Creamy Potatoes in the Slow Cooker
This method is great any time, but this mashed potatoes recipe is especially helpful when you’re making a large meal and short on stovetop space. Cooking the potatoes in the slow cooker means you can free up a burner!
Start by cutting the potatoes into chunks. (This step is unnecessary if you use small new potatoes or fingerling potatoes.) Medium sized red potatoes will only need to be quartered. Cut larger potatoes into roughly 2″ pieces.
Oil the crock of the slow cooker, then put the potatoes, garlic, oil, salt, pepper and water into the crock and stir. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours.
Cooking them in the slow cooker like this means you don’t have to stand by and monitor for overflows like you do when boiling potatoes.
When the potatoes are fork tender, you’ll just need to do the mashing and add the final touches. Making these homemade mashed potatoes with cottage cheese means they’re deliciously creamy.
Once mashed, you can leave them in the slow cooker on warm until you’re ready to serve the meal.
Mashing the Potatoes
A hand-held electric mixer will make quick work of the potatoes, but you can also use a potato masher.
Mash the whipped cottage cheese into the potatoes, and add the milk a little at a time until you like the consistency. If you’re using herbs, stir some in, sprinkle more over the top, and serve.
Are mashed potatoes good for you?
Mashed potatoes are low in fat, high in potassium and only have 150 calories per potato/serving. Adding cottage cheese to this recipe adds some protein to this dish.
What goes well with potatoes?
Is it better to cook potatoes with or without skin?
Cooking potatoes with the skin on keeps the nutrients inside, and helps the flavor. The skin of red potatoes is much thinner than that of russet potatoes, making it easy to add to potato recipes, saving you some prep time.
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- 5 pounds potatoes
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ cup water
- ¾ cup whipped cottage cheese
- ½ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon chives or fresh thyme, finely chopped (optional)
- Lightly oil the crock of the slow cooker.
- Prepare the potatoes: For red potatoes, scrub and quarter them. For russet potatoes, peel and cut into 2" pieces.
- Put the potatoes, garlic, oil, salt, pepper and water into the crock and toss.
- Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours.
- Place the cottage cheese in the carafe of a blender and puree until it reaches a smooth consistency.
- When the potatoes are cooked through, use a hand held electric mixer or a potato masher to whip potatoes to your desired consistency. Some like them chunky, some less so!
- Stir in the cottage cheese.
- Add the milk a little at a time until you like the consistency.
- Stir in the chives if you're using them, sprinkle more over the top, and serve with butter.
If you do not have a slow cooker, you can prepare the potatoes using your favorite cooking method.
Store leftover mashed potatoes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 319Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 457mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 8g
Prefer sweet potatoes? Try this sweet potato casserole with pecans!