One of my favorite parts of my job is putting recipe slideshows together. It's so much fun to look through all the photos and recipes here at Meredith, and choose the ones I think sound best. I recently posted the slideshow 12 Easy Slow Cooker Meals, which featured the recipe for Twice-Crocked Potatoes.
I love my slow cookers. In fact, last weekend, I had three going at once. One had a pork roast cooking in root beer, which we turned into shredded pork with our favorite barbecue sauce. The next was filled with baked beans. The third held the twice-crocked potatoes.
I have always loved twice-baked potatoes, but they are such a pain to make. These had all the flavor of this favorite side-dish, with almost none of the work. It's a win-win! I did a couple of things differently than the recipe above called for, but that's the beauty of cooking, especially slow cooking! You can tailor the recipe to suit your likes. I didn't have Yukon gold potatoes, so I just used regular old russets. I also had about 6 ounces of cream cheese lying around, so I added it to the mix as well.
The first step was baking the potatoes in the slow cooker, and this is amazing in and of itself. I have tried this before, wrapping the potatoes in foil, but this recipe said to just pop them in the crock. so that's what I did, and they turned out amazing. They would've been perfect to serve alongside a steak with butter and sour cream. I will never bake potatoes in the oven again! They mashed very easily with a potato masher, which meant that the only dishes that got dirty in the making of this recipe were the crock and the masher. Yes!
Click on the link above and give this recipe a try. My whole family ate it up like crazy!
Happy slow cooking!