Learn how easy it is to come home to perfect baked potatoes when you make baked potatoes in a crock pot!
A little while back, I shared with you my favorite recipe for making mashed potatoes in my crock pot. That recipe really is delicious, a huge time saver, and one that I still use at least once a week around here. Recently though, I’ve clued into an even faster way of making potatoes when I learned how to make baked potatoes in a Crock Pot and I have to admit that my family seems to love these potatoes even more than the mashed potatoes. Kennedy, who is probably the world’s pickiest eater, even asks for me to make “those little potatoes” now. Thank goodness because that girl is at soccer practice for roughly 17.2 hours every day and I don’t know how she keeps functioning at such a high level on so little food! Kids! Am I right? 🙂
How to Make Baked Potatoes in a Crock Pot
So here’s what you do!
Start out by washing some potatoes. You can do just a few or a whole big batch, whatever you need!
Plunk those potatoes down in your crock pot!
I don’t know if you can tell from the photo, but this crock pot is really shallow. I showed you a little more about it in my last post about Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Casserole, but it’s just the neatest thing ever! I had just gotten it, when I was putting this post together for you so I wanted to try it out. So I made my potatoes in it, but you can use any size or type of crock pot or slow cooker that you have!
Drizzle the potatoes with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle some salt over the top. This makes the skins nice and crispy! Don’t worry about pricking each potato with a fork either. Since they cook so slowly, you don’t really need to worry about it at all.
And that’s it!
Let them cook on low for about 8 hours and you’ll have perfect potatoes! Sometimes, if there are a lot of potatoes in there, I might stir them around halfway through the day to re-coat them with the oil and salt, but if I don’t think of it, then it’s really no big deal.
These are my absolute favorite potatoes to make because they turn out so well every time and they take literally about 20 seconds to prepare, even if you’re cooking for a crowd!
The Secret to Perfect Baked Potatoes in a Crock Pot
One last little tip: When the potatoes are done and you’re ready to eat, place your potato on a big heavy cutting board, hold one potato in your hand with a tea towel and give it a good THWACK on the cutting board. This breaks up all the fibers in the potato and makes it extra fluffy!
Plus, it’s just fun! 🙂
Definitely try this one out! You’ll probably be making potatoes this way multiple times a week like we are because it’s just so convenient!
What’s your favorite way to make baked potatoes? Any extra delicious topping ideas that we all need to know about?
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