There are many ways to bake a potato: in the oven, in a microwave, in a toaster oven or even buried in the embers of a cooling fire. To this list we add one more: You can bake potatoes in your Crock-Pot, too. In a slow cooker, you can bake 6 to 8 potatoes at once, leaving your oven or microwave free for other tasks. Crock-Pot baked potatoes don’t have the crispy skin of their oven-baked counterparts, but the insides are fluffy and delicious.
Once your potatoes are cooked, you can finish them with any number of delicious toppings: a generous pat of cold butter; a dollop of sour cream along with a sprinkle of snipped chives and some crispy chopped bacon; steamed broccoli and grated cheddar; or a few spoonfuls of your favorite chili.
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6 medium baking potatoes (about 3 pounds total)
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
How to Make It
Pierce the potatoes with a fork, rub them with the oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Wrap each potato tightly in a piece of aluminum foil. Layer the potatoes in a slow cooker, cover and cook on high for 4 hours (or on low for 8 hours), until fork-tender.
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