It doesn’t happen often, but I love being lazy. Especially on Sundays. With going back to the office on Monday, I really just want to veg while I can. And as much as I LOVE cooking (I really do love it… I once thought of going the culinary profession route), it’s hard to beat throwing things into the crock pot and walking away.
I never thought of having a baked potatoes for dinner until I had a Giant Baked Potato at BJ’s Brewery. It totally revolutionized what I thought baked potatoes were! Here I thought they were this small, but delightful side to my steak… but then I had this large, fluffy, buttery potato topped with creamy alfredo cheese sauce, peppery grilled chicken, and steamed broccoli. GET IN MY BELLYYYYYYY!
I was watching The Kitchen on Food Network one Saturday and I think it was Katie Lee who had this crock pot hack, if you will. I’ve seen it on Pinterest since, but at the time it was a revolution. And it’s the easiest thing you could ever do!
First, you take your Russet Potatoes and prick them with a fork a few times, say 4-5 times. Then drizzle some extra version olive oil and sprinkle salt & pepper on them. You can also add whatever other seasoning you would like – Italian seasoning, truffle salt, lemon pepper… there are so many ways to make it perfect for the individual! Same actually goes for the oil… has anyone tried garlic infused olive oil?! I put that stuff on everythingggg!
Next, take enough pieces of aluminum foil to wrap each potato individually.
Stick them all in your crock pot and let cook for about 3-4 hours on high or 6-7 hours on low, just depends on your crock pot – you know your device best 🙂 .
When your potatoes are close to being done, you can start getting your condiments / toppings ready. The toppings for your potato can be as diverse as toppings you put on a pizza – maybe even moreso! Here are some ideas:
- Classic: sour cream, bacon bits, butter, chives
- Chili & Cheese
- Grilled Chicken, Steamed Broccoli, Alfredo, Parmasean
- Salsa, Mexican Blend Cheese, Grilled Chicken or Ground Beef, Sour Cream, Guacamole
- Favorite Pizza Sauce, Mozzarella, Ground Sausage, Pepperoni Pieces, Mushrooms, Olives
And on… and on… get as creative as you can! (This is such a great way to figure out how to use up all the leftovers in your fridge!)
This is all I had on hand when I decided to make potatoes, but it was still delightful all the same!
Your result is a hot, steaming, perfectly fluffy potato ready to absorb anything you want to put on it.
Anyone else got an easy weeknight recipe? I’d love to get some easy inspiration!
Easy Crock Pot Baked Potatoes
4 Large Russet Potatoes (be sure to scrub clean)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
Any other favorite spice for potato skin
Toppings of Choice (see above for some ideas)
- Prick each potato 4-5 times with a fork to allow steam to escape while cooking.
- Drizzle each potato with extra virgin olive oil & season with salt & pepper any any other seasonings you may choose.
- Wrap each potato in aluminum foil.
- Place all the potatoes in your crock pot. Cook for 3-4 hours on HIGH or 6-7 hours on LOW.
- Be careful when opening hot, steamy potatoes – pile on your toppings and enjoy!
I’m including some of the items that I’ve been coveting for my kitchen, all of which I actually used a version of as I was making these potatoes (just some of my kitchen essentials) – I’m such a sucker for cute sayings on items! Sure, you could use so many other replacements instead of these but I just feel so “Next Food Network Star” when I use more stylish tools!