Garlic-Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

Add garlic flavor to cheesy smashed potatoes that are made in slow cooker – perfect for a side dish.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 20 min
  • Servings 12

Ingredients

8
medium unpeeled russet potatoes, cut into 3/4- to 1-inch pieces (8 cups)
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4
cup butter or margarine
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1
cup water
1/2
cup half-and-half
3/4
cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4
cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 Place potatoes in 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker. Stir in garlic, butter, salt, pepper and water.
  • 2 Cover and cook on high heat setting 4 to 6 hours or until potatoes are tender.
  • 3 Do not drain potatoes. Mash potatoes slightly with potato masher. Add half-and-half and cheese; continue mashing until desired consistency and some lumps remain. Stir in basil just before serving. Potatoes will hold on low heat setting up to 2 hours.

Expert Tips

You've read it right-these potatoes are smashed, not mashed-which means that there should be some lumps left. Both the lumps and potato skins add robust texture, which you don't get with regular mashed potatoes. If you don't have a potato masher on hand, using a large fork will do the trick.

If you want to trim a few calories during the holidays, use fat-free half-and-half in this recipe instead of regular half-and-half. No one will guess because the potatoes will still be rich and tasty.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
165
(
Calories from Fat
65),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
7%
(Saturated Fat
4g,
4%
),
Cholesterol
20mg
20%;
Sodium
250mg
250%;
Total Carbohydrate
21g
21%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
),
Protein
5g
5%
;
% Daily Value*:
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.