Hey everyone, hope you are having a great day.
I just wanted to share a really simple idea for an easy side dish, or a small meal. Some of you may already use this idea, but for those who haven’t tried it, it’s crock pot baked potatoes.
I love a good soft baked potato, but they take so long to cook in the oven. You can use the microwave, but, it just doesn’t taste as good as an oven baked potato. I have been using my crock-pot to make baked potatoes for my family, and they taste so good. The hardest part is remembering to put them in the pot in the morning before my day gets going.
You can use any white potato, sweet potatoes, or a combination of both. I just wash them really good with my vegetable brush. Next I spray them with olive oil, and shake on some sea salt, then wrap the potatoes in foil. I cut a little slit into each one to vent. Before I put them in my crock-pot, I add a little water to the pot (maybe 1/4 -1/2 cup). This helps steam the potatoes.
Place the lid on, and forget about them until meal time. I usually cook mine on low for about 6 hours, but you could cook them on high for about 4 hours. I whole idea behind this recipe is to make it easy on yourself. I think leaving them on low works the best because you don’t have to keep a check on them. Sweet potatoes don’t take quite as long to cook, but when I am cooking both in one batch, I just leave the sweet potatoes in with the white.
Once done, load them up with your favorite toppings: sour cream, butter, olive oil, bacon bits, cheese, broccoli – whatever you want. You really could make a meal out of a loaded baked potato, and a salad. This also works well as a meal with left over soup, and garlic toast – YUM!
If you’ve never used your slow cooker for baked potatoes, you should definitely give this a try.
Have a great week!