Easy Crock Pot Baked Potatoes
Crock Pots are not just for main course meals. Crock Pots can be used to make these Easy Crock Pot Baked Potatoes or many other side dish recipes. I love my crock pots and I own a few in different sizes.
Whenever I am planning a crock pot recipe I take in mind the size of the recipe. My most popular crock pot recipe to date is for Easy Crock Pot Pulled Pork. I slow cooked the pork in a tall and round (affiliate link) 4 quart crock pot. Since I have been making so many crock pot recipes in the past few months I have come to realize that I actually prefer cooking in the lower sided and oval shaped crock pots more so than in the round and tall crock pots.
The (affiliate link) tall and round crock pot still has a place in my kitchen and I will continue to use it to cook things like crock pot corn on the cob where the round and deep sides will work better.
I know I can’t be the only person who bakes potatoes with a slice of sweet onion wrapped in aluminum foil. Years ago one of my husbands friends introduced me to the idea. Only he would bake the potatoes in the coals of a fire pit.
Adding a thin slice of sweet onion inside the foil will infused the potato with just a hint of sweet onion flavor. If you don’t like onions feel free to leave the onion out but you don’t know what you’re missing.
I prefer Vidalia Onions but you can use any type of onion you like. I am partial to Vidalia Onions having lived in Vidalia, Georgia for four years. P.S if it isn’t an official Vidalia Onion it is not a real sweet onion. Feel free to compare when the Vidalia Onions are in season if you don’t believe me.
How to make Crock Pot Baked Potatoes
Making Crock Pot Baked Potatoes is very easy. You will need some nice russet potatoes, sweet onions, butter, salt and pepper.
For these Easy Crock Pot Baked Potatoes you will also need a square of aluminum foil for each baked potato and a crock pot of course.
- Pull off a sheet of aluminum foil that is long enough to wrap around the potato about 1 1/2 times. Lay it down on a flat surface.
- Place a tablespoon of butter down near one edge.
- Prick the potato with a fork and set the potato down on the butter.
- Put a 1/2 tablespoon of butter on top of the potato.
- Put a slice of onion on the butter.
- Put another 1/2 tablespoon of butter on the onion slice.
- Salt and pepper the onion slice.
- Wrap the potato in aluminum foil being sure to tuck the edges in as you roll the potato.
- Set aside and repeat with remaining potatoes.
Once you have all your potatoes wrapped in aluminum foil place them in your crock pot.
Add 1/4 cup of water to the bottom of the crock pot. Cook on high for 2 hours. Check the potatoes by squeezing them. You do not want to pierce the potatoes with a fork. All of the melted butter will leak out if you do.
If the potatoes are still firm cook for another hour. Cooking time will depend on the size of the crock pot, how large the potatoes are and how many you have in the crock pot.
My 4 large potatoes in a 4 quart crock pot were done in 3 hours.
Serve immediately or turn the crock pot on warm until ready to serve.
Top the Crock Pot Baked Potatoes with your favorite baked potato toppings.
- 4 baking potatoes
- 1-2 sweet onions (I prefer Vidalia Onions)
- 1 stick softened butter
- salt and pepper
- ¼ cup water
- aluminum foil
- Prick each potato with a fork.
- Wrap each potato in a piece of aluminum foil with a slice of onion, butter, salt and pepper.
- Tightly roll the each potato up in the aluminum foil, tucking the edges as you go.
- Set aside and repeat with the remaining potatoes.
- Layer the potatoes in the bottom of your crock pot.
- You can stack them if need be.
- large potatoes will fit in a 4 quart crock pot like I've used.
- Pour a ¼ cup water into the bottom of the crock pot.
- Cook potatoes on high for 3-4 hours.
- Rotate the potatoes half way through the cooking if you have stacked them. For a single layer turn the potatoes at the half way mark.
- Top with your favorite toppings.
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