Sunday, May 19, 2013

Crock Pot Baked Potatoes

Am I the last one to hear about this?!!!  This is just the greatest idea given that we're going to be hitting 90 degrees this week and who wants to have the oven on high during that kind of heat?

Well, if you haven't tried this, it works like a charm!!!  You may have to experiment a time or two to get the temp/time right, but I have a feeling that even in the wintertime, I'll be using this method.

No recipe, really.  Prick your potatoes (russet, red, sweet) with a fork 4-5 times.  Rub a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with S&P.  Wrap in a piece of aluminum foil.  I only cooked two medium-sized potatoes on high for about 3 hours.  However, if you want to do this during holidays or larger get-togethers, fill your crock pot (I used a 4 quart, but you can use any size depending on how many you want to cook) no more than 3/4 full.  Make sure the seam is facing upwards.

Again, depending on how many potatoes you're going to cook, test them (open the foil and see if a knife will go through it easily) at the low-end of the cooking time.  HIGH: 3-5 hours, LOW: 7-8 1/2 hours.

And of course you can try different oils or cooking sprays and seasonings.  I wanted to start with a basic and venture off from there.  Regardless, you're going to end up with a wonderful baked potato and a cool kitchen!

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