CRAZY easy slow cooker jacket potatoes are a thing, and you absolutely need them in your life! With seriously soft and creamy insides (just like my baked sweet potato recipe), you won’t even miss the crispy skin of an oven baked potato! Perfect for people of all cooking abilities, the slow cooker jacket potato is not only convenient but it’s healthy, naturally vegan/gluten free and requires very little hands on time at all. Read on for the easy step by step picture recipe, helpful tips and more…
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Before trying this jacket potato slow cooker recipe – if you’d have spoken to me about this subject, you’d have quickly realised it’s something I’m quite passionate about. My stance has always been that they’re called baked potatoes for a reason. They should only be cooked in the oven and any other method is clearly inferior and a crime against potatoes.
Until now. So what changed? It was a CRAZY hot day and we were supposed to be having jacket potatoes for tea. Naturally, I did not want to put the oven on for over an hour and turn my kitchen into a sauna. So I caved and tried the slow cooker jacket potato method. I’m so glad I did! They’re far better than I’d hoped. Soft, creamy, delicious and about 3 mins hands on prep time. I’d say that’s winning, wouldn’t you?
No, the skin doesn’t really crisp up in the slow cooker BUT you can always finish them up in the oven if you wanted to. Although, what really took me by surprise, is that I didn’t miss the crispy skin at all! The slow cooker gives the potatoes a beautiful creamy soft texture so I forgot all about the crispy skins!
I realise baking a potato isn’t that hard to do – but sometimes, you can’t be at home to cook them and yet still really want one! I don’t know about you but I’m not comfortable leaving my oven on while out of the house. If you feel the same way, this slow cooker jacket potato method is 100% for you!
Potatoes are great for free from diets! They’re naturally gluten free and perfect for vegetarians/vegans too. The only thing that’s tricky is deciding what to have on them. (I have some great suggestions further down in this post…)
In short, any you like! Just use your favourite, whatever is in season or whatever you have in the cupboard. The same goes for my perfect homemade wedges and pizza loaded potato skins. It really doesn’t matter. In my opinion, all jacket potatoes taste great!
Not hugely no. Mine were approx 350g (12.3 oz) and 11 x 6 cm (4.5 x 2.5″). Don’t worry though, so long as they fit in your slow cooker, they will cook! The time may vary a little (dependent on the size of your potatoes and slow cooker) but it’s highly unlikely that they will overcook. Thankfully, the slow cooker is quite a forgiving piece of kitchen equipment!
For medium sized potatoes, it takes around 3-4 hours on high or 5-6 hours on low. It also takes less than 5 mins to prepare the potatoes for the slow cooker. WIN! You may need to adjust it slightly if your potatoes are small or large but, as I said above, slow cookers are quite forgiving.
Here is what you will need to serve 3.
(For a printer friendly version, see the recipe card at the end of this post)
*Mine has a 3.5 litre capacity. If yours is bigger/smaller – don’t overcrowd it. Stick to a single layer of potatoes. You may need to increase/decrease the cooking times accordingly.
First thing’s first, let’s prep those potatoes! Grind some salt onto a plate (I find this keeps things less messy! It also stops you from getting oil all over your salt grinder) then drizzle a little olive oil over each potato.
Rub the oil all over each potato to cover the skins, then rub some of the salt over each one. Next, place each potato into the middle of a piece of foil that’s big enough to wrap it up in.
Now fold one side up, then the opposite. It should look like this…
Lastly, fold the right excess foil up over the top of the potato then do the same with the left excess foil to completely wrap your potato. The side with the extra foil is the side we will put on the bottom of the slow cooker. (This will help to prevent any possible burning.)
Place your prepared potatoes into the slow cooker, extra foil side down.
Wow, that was super hard work wasn’t it? NOT! Haha. Time to pop the lid on and let the slow cooker do it’s thing.
Switch it on to high for around 4 hours or low for around 6 and walk away! Job done.
Once the potatoes time in the slow cooker has come to an end, carefully remove them (they’ll be hot) and peel off the foil. Serve immediately topped with your favourite topping, or leave them in the foils and keep them on the warm setting until needed. Tadah!
Still undecided what to have on your slow cooker jacket potatoes? Don’t panic! Here’s some gorgeous recipes to tantalise your taste buds…
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*Mine is a 3.5 litre slow cooker. If yours is bigger/smaller – don’t overcrowd it. Stick to a single layer of potatoes. (You may need to increase/decrease the cooking times accordingly)
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