Dinner for a crowd doesn’t get much easier than these Crock Pot Baked Potatoes!
Need a quick and low effort meal for serving a group of people? I’ve got just the thing. Set up a baked potato bar with these Crock Pot Baked Potatoes. Spread out everyone’s favorite fixings, and let your friends and family loose to load up their spuds just they way they like them.
How to make Crock Pot Baked Potatoes
I don’t know why I hadn’t thought to make baked potatoes in the crock pot before, but it’s pure genius. A quick rub with olive oil in the morning will ensure a soft, flavorful potato at day’s end. But for all you baked potato purists out there, I want to clarify a few things:
- Expect to see a slightly darker spud than your average baked-in-the-oven potato. It’s because the olive oil permeates the skin during cooking in the crock pot. You’ll still have super yummy potatoes, but they’ll have a little different hue.
- These potatoes have more of a steamed rather than fluffy texture due to the slow cooking method. Again, this is a matter of preference, but I’m betting you won’t notice much difference when they are piled high with your favorite baked potato toppings.
Speaking of potato toppings, are you a chili fan? BBQ beef? Broccoli & cheese? Perhaps you’re old-school butter and sour cream? When I studied in London during college (ages ago, people), I remember little fast-food restaurants that served baked potatoes with baked beans on top! Hey, I’m not here to judge. Whatever floats your proverbial baked potato boat…
- 6 large russet potatoes
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Scrub potatoes and allow to dry completely. Generously rub potatoes with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and wrap individually in foil.
- Place in large crock pot and cook on low for up to 8 hours.
Since crock pot times can vary, you may want to check your potatoes after 6 or 7 hours to see if they are cooked through.