The hubby and I love potatoes. We just disagree on the cooking methods. I like my potatoes baked and loaded with bacon, cheese and sour cream. He is convinced mashed with gravy is the only way to go. More often than not we end up with mashed potatoes. The one thing I absolutely hate about mashing potatoes is they are a food that must be prepared right before eating. If you mash them too early they get cold and it's just not the same. Even reheating them or keeping them in the oven doesn't fix this. It's especially awful when everyone is ready to eat and I am stuck in the corner trying to hurry and mash. Most times we end up with lumpy potatoes just because I need to get them on the table. UNTIL I came across this kitchen tip that will forever change how I look at mashed potatoes. Boil and mash your potatoes as you normally would. Once they are ready transfer them into a crock pot on the LOW setting. Cover with lid and set aside until ready to serve. Potatoes will keep up to 2 hours. Check on them occasionally to make sure your crock pot is not too hot.
I tried this when we invited friends over for Sunday dinner. It was AMAZING! Completely took the stress away from last minute prep and they were hot and delicious. I will forever use this method!