To some it may seem silly to bother heating up your crock pot to cook baked potatoes, when just as easily they can be added to the microwave, however – having done BOTH, the crock pot baked potatoes turn out PERFECT every time. Microwaves tend to vary in how long it takes to cook each potato and I find that often they aren’t cooked all the way through and there is no perfect way to tell. Not only that, but sometimes I think they seem very dry.
Now, take a baked potato hot from the crock pot and you’re talking soft, moist and amazing. Plus, Crock Pots expose your kitchen to no heat, unlike the oven, making it the perfect vessel in which to cook lots of delicious meals in the dead of summer heat. Oh, and don’t forget, you can totally substitute sweet potatoes for the baking potatoes.
- a crock pot
- olive oil
- salt, pepper or for sweet potatoes – sugar and/or cinnamon
- baking potatoes or sweet potatoes
- tin foil
Now, you can completely skip the oil/seasoning step, but I will tell you it is SO worth it, and those that never ate the most nutritious part (the skins) will probably consume the flavor packed outside with the meaty inside. Yum!
Scrub the potatoes, and pierce each one of them with a fork a couple of times.
For Baking Potatoes: Rub them with olive oil (you can use vegetable oil, or canola, or whatever… we prefer EVOO). Sprinkle them with Salt & Pepper. I also used Lawry’s last time I made it instead, and yum! Wrap each potato in tin foil.
For Sweet Potatoes: Rub them with olive oil. Sprinkle them with sugar and/or cinnamon. Wrap each one in tin foil.
Toss the foil wrapped potatoes into the crockpot and cook for 6-8 hours.
Take them out with an oven mitt, carefully uncovering them. Allow them to sit for about 5 minutes before serving and then load them up with bacon, cheese and sour cream or go further and try topping with salsa, or chicken, green onions, chili, black beans, jalapenos and honestly, almost anything else.
Sweet Potatoes: Use butter, brown sugar, mini marshmallows, cinnamon & spices and enjoy. (broil for 2 minutes to melt marshmallows, watching closely so they don’t burn)