Did you know you can make baked potatoes in a crockpot. This is a life changer. It will free up the oven for baking other things.
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One of my favorite meals to make for both my family and a big group is a Baked Potato Bar. It seems like one of the most universally liked meals because of how easy it is to customize each potato for the individual. But to tell you the truth, I actually didn’t make it very often before this kitchen hack, because I hated the time constraint of remembering at the right time to put the potatoes in but still work around anything else I wanted to bake (dessert, DUH!) and also I felt like my kitchen always gets SO hot after baking potatoes. The oven has to be on for such a long time and then if I’m making anything else as well, it can seriously be baking for 3+ hours. So not only is my kitchen cooler after this hack, but it can be energy efficient as well.
Baked Potatoes in a Crockpot
What you’ll need:
- Large Russet Potatoes
- Aluminum Foil
Start by washing all of the potatoes, scrubbing to get all the dirt off. Once they are all clean, dry thoroughly with a towel. Then poke each potato with a fork approx. 4-6 times to let the steam escape as it bakes. Then wrap each potato in Aluminum Foil to fully cover the potato. Layer them inside your crockpot (I can fit 10 inside my 7 quart bowl) and turn it on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8 hours. Half way thru the baking process, rotate your potatoes bringing the bottom ones to the top and your top/inside ones to the bottom. Just remember that the ones that are touching the bowl/heat source will cook faster.
Test that they are fully baked by squeezing it. It if’s soft, the potato is done!!!
So the other day we had a football party when Sean’s favorite team was in playoffs, so I ran to Walmart and got everything I needed to put together a baked potato bar full of the most amazing toppings. One of our favorites is a homemade queso covering steamed broccoli. The kids DEVOUR these every time. And the best part is that it’s only 2 INGREDIENTS!!! Yup, it’s that simple and incredibly quick so your time can be spent elsewhere in the kitchen prepping other things for your big football party!!!
- 8 oz Melt & Dip Cheese
- 1 Can Ro*Tel Diced Tomatos & Green Chilies
Combine your cheese (cut into smaller sections) and the can of Ro*Tel into a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 45 seconds and then remove and stir fully. Return to the microwave and heat in 30 second increments until the cheese is fully melted and incorporated into the tomatoes. Serve warm
You can also serve this in a smaller crockpot to keep it warm during the whole span of the potato bar.
Other topping ideas:
- Steamed Veggies
- Shredded Cheese
- Green Onions
- Sour Cream
- fried eggs
- Greek Yogurt
- Ranch Dressing
- Sauteed Mushrooms
What toppings do you put on your baked potatoes?