These one-pot mashed potatoes are slow-simmered in stock and bay leaves, then whipped to perfection with butter, milk and garlic. Pop on the lid and take to your Thanksgiving gathering or a neighborhood potluck.
Spray inside of 6-quart slow cooker with no stick cooking spray. Add potatoes, stock and bay leaves. Cover.
Cook 4 hours on HIGH or until potatoes are tender, stirring after each hour. Remove bay leaves. Stir in butter, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Cover. Let stand 5 minutes.
Beat potatoes with electric mixer on medium-high speed or mash with potato masher, gradually adding milk, until smooth. Stir in parsley. Top with additional butter, if desired.
Serving Tip: Mashed potatoes can be kept on warm setting in the slow cooker. Stir before serving. If potatoes get too dry, stir in additional milk until desired consistency.
For Loaded Potatoes: Stir in 1 cup sour cream and 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese with the butter and spices. Mash potatoes as directed in recipe. Stir in 12 slices bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled, with the parsley.