Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Mashed Potato Bar

You know.. I should have just explained this in the post.. but the post was getting too long. Mashed Potato bar is great for get togethers, any type.. just a fun little extra. I'm going to copy/paste some comments I answered in my post about it.

Mashed potato bar ~ Learned this from a great neighbor of mine ~ I know it's cheating but it's how I do it.. I make an entire small box of mashed potatoes in my small crock pot (I don't even know the size it's a tall round one, the inside is the circumference of a dollar bill I'd say??) then I put out goodies like bacon I make earlier and crush up, cheese, sour cream, green onions, regular onions, salsa, butter etc.

**when you pour the whole box of potato flakes in the crock pot you are probably going to be standing there thinking "geez there is no way the rest of the milk/water will fit" those potato flakes absorb it up quick so even if those flakes are 1" close to the top, it will probably all fit. Stirring it is never easy either because you have to dig down deep to get down to the bottom.**

I make it about an hour before the party so it has time to heat up. I make them per the regular directions with the same butter, salt, water, milk measurements the box tells you.

Then I put it on warm or low during the party. I try to keep an eye on it because eventually the bottom will start to burn. So mix it up from time to time and I've even turned it off for 20-30 min at a time. At the end of the night whatever is left I throw in little storage containers and freezer for dinners another night.

I think the steam and mash would probably work out in the crock pot.. you could probably steam/mash them and just throw them in the crock pot just minutes before guests arrive. My neighbor actually makes her own mashed potatoes. I would except it's a ton of work to be doing RIGHT before a party start, plus having to clean up a huge pot again right before the start of a party. I guess you could make your own the night before or hours before and just throw them in the crock pot with enough time for them to rewarm through.

Also, for this I usually put out little disposable bowls and separate spoons/forks because for some reason it just seems easier (and more fun) to build a little mashed potato meal for yourself. I wind up having like 3-4 bowls and eating nothing else just because I'm a mashed potato nut! lol!


Heather said...

Yummy! I am sooo coming to your next get together :)

Carrie said...

I got a great suggestion on Wise Bread for making pans and pans of mashed potatoes to keep in the freezer:

Wash a ton of potatoes (but don't peel) and cut in half (like when they go on sale right about this time of year). Bake them.

Scoop the insides out of the potato halves and pile that high in your mixer. Add your butter and milk. Freeze in square tinfoil trays and, when you're ready to have them with a meal, just put one in the oven for an hour.

The nice thing about this is it leaves the skins intact, and you can actually do a potato skin bar at a party. We served tater skins as an appie with dips once this summer and it was soooo good. Even better in winter, tho.

Precious said...

YUM! We do baked potatoes with all the fixings for dinner sometimes.

Lindsay said...

Awesome!!! Thanks for this!!! :)