These easy "baked" potatoes are cooked in the crock pot or slow cooker instead of the oven. This is an excellent alternative to the traditional oven-baked potato on those days when you won't be home to bake potatoes in the oven in time for dinner, or if you need the oven space for other dishes you are cooking. Depending on the size of your slow cooker, you can make up to a dozen baked potatoes at a time, perfect for a holiday gathering or dinner party.
These crock pot baked potatoes are also perfect when you plan to make a recipe that requires baked potatoes as an ingredient—you will be one step closer to the final dish! Think of how much easier a twice baked potato recipe will be after a long day—all you will have to do is scoop out the potato, mix with the remaining ingredients, place in the potato shells, and pop in the oven for just 15 minutes. Or just think—that potato salad you promised to bring to the cookout will be ready in no time!
- 8 to 12 potatoes
- Optional: butter, seasonings, and toppings to taste
- Prick potatoes with a fork and wrap each potato in aluminum foil.
- Fill a dry slow cooker with the wrapped potatoes.
- Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours, until potatoes are tender. Prick with a fork to check—the potatoes should feel soft and tender inside.
- Serve with butter and seasonings along with other toppings if desired.
Additional Surprising Slow Cooker Recipes
And you thought the crock pot was just for chili, soup, and pulled pork!
There are actually several surprising recipes you can make in the slow cooker, from breakfast to lunch to dinner, that may change your life. Imagine starting the day with a perfectly cooked oatmeal that you didn't have to stand at the stove and stir, or treating you and your family to caramel pecan sticky buns from the slow cooker. You can even make a delicious apple butter to spread on toast or fill a sandwich. For dinner, make corn on the cob and roasted beets, have a lasagna ready after work, or a mac and cheese the whole family will love. And let's not forget about dessert—from ooey-gooey chocolate pudding cake to bread pudding with cinnamon and nutmeg to apple crisp, there is no shortage of sweets you can make in the crock pot.