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Mashed Potatoes Magic

El Centro, California (NAPSI) - Here’s a quick tip for a delicious dish: Slow cook  your mashed potatoes. Slow cookers save time, energy and space in the  kitchen.

They’re particularly helpful during holidays, when extra stove  top and oven space are in high demand. Slow cookers actually save you time  because there’s no need for constant attention or frequent stirring and  there’s minimal cleanup.

Here’s one slow-cooker mashed Idaho® potatoes recipe that could  fast become a family favorite:

Slow-Cooked Mashed Potatoes Approximately eight cups

3 pounds Idaho®   potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

1⅓  cups water

½ cup (1 stick) butter,  divided

1 teaspoon salt or to taste

½ teaspoon black pepper or  to taste

1 cup whole milk

Coat a 3½–4-quart slow  cooker with cooking spray. Add potatoes and pour water over potatoes, stir,  cover and cook on high setting 3 hours or until potatoes are tender. Reduce heat  to low, add all but 1 tablespoon of the butter, salt and pepper. Using a  potato masher or a handheld electric mixer, beat on medium speed until  potatoes are thoroughly mashed (while potatoes are in the slow cooker).  Slowly add the milk and beat until creamy; do not overbeat or they will be  stiff and have a “gummy” texture. Place the remaining 1  tablespoon butter in a small microwave bowl and cook on high setting 25-30  seconds or until just melted. Drizzle evenly over potatoes.

Cooking Tips

• To make sure you’re getting potatoes grown in Idaho’s unique climate—warm days, cool  nights, rich volcanic soil and abundant fresh water—always look for the   “Grown in Idaho”   seal.

• Cut potatoes in evenly shaped cubes.

• Place potatoes in cold water and then bring to a boil.

• Add a bouillon cube to the potatoes while they are boiling.

• Don’t overbeat. This can create starchy, sticky mashed  potatoes.

• Beat in herbs, seasonings, minced vegetables or grated cheese for  added flavor and color.

• For fluffier mashed potatoes, stir in a ½ teaspoon of  baking powder. Let sit for a few minutes before serving.

Learn More

For more potato facts, tips and recipes, visit www.idahopotato.com. Facebook: Facebook.com/famousidahopotatoes;  Twitter: twitter.com/idahopotato;  Pinterest: Pinterest.com/idahopotato.