I got on a roll last weekend with my crockpot, and after cooking a turkey breast, I used it to bake potatoes. I got the idea from a Budget Bytes post, and just had to try it myself. She baked white potatoes, but I wanted to try both white and sweet.
The method is simple. First, you wash the potatoes and pat them dry. Then, prick them with a knife in several spots. Rub them with a little olive oil, and wrap them up on foil. Place them in the crockpot, and cook on High for 4-5 hours, or Low for 8-10 hours. That’s it!
The original recipe warns against crowding too many potatoes in the crockpot, so I cooked 2 white potatoes, and 2 sweet potatoes. Both of them came out great! In a blind taste test, I don’t think I could tell the difference between a traditional baked potato and the crockpot version.
You might think of potatoes as a fall/winter food, but potatoes make a great lunch or dinner any time of year paired with a big green salad. And when it’s 90F in your kitchen, you’ll be happy you don’t have to turn on the oven. Enjoy-