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Slow Cooker Holiday Mashed Potatoes with Bacon, Parmesan, Ricotta and Thyme

  • Cook Time: 4-6 hours on low
  • Total Time: 17 minute
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


If you’re in charge of making the mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving/Christmas you’ll want to save this recipe! For ultimate ease and as a stove-top space saver these potatoes are made in the slow cooker.  They’re totally flavorful thanks to the Parmesan cheese, bacon and fresh thyme. These potatoes are an extra special touch to your holiday dinner.


  • 2 lbs red potatoes, peeled or not peeled–you choose
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream, half and half or milk, plus more if needed
  • 1/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 5 strips of crispy cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 5 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1.  Cut the potatoes into quarters.  Place in the slow cooker.
  2.  Pour water over potatoes and stir in salt, bay leaf and garlic.
  3.  Cover and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours or until the potatoes are fork-tender.
  4.  Drain the water and discard the bay leaf.
  5.  Stir in the butter, cream and ricotta cheese; mash the potatoes by hand or with a hand mixer.
  6.  Pick off the leaves of the 5 sprigs of time and stir into the potatoes.  Stir in Parmesan cheese, bacon and salt and pepper to taste. Add more cream/milk, if needed.
  7.  Turn slow cooker to warm until the potatoes are ready to serve (stays good on the warm setting for up to 2 hours).


Ideal slow cooker size: 4-5 quart

  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Slow Cooker