A totally hands-off method for making slow cooker baked potatoes, coated in a beautiful garlic butter mixture! Such an easy and delicious lunch or dinner.
A baked potato is such an underrated dinner! Serve it alongside something else, or just on its own, piled high with cheese, and it’s always enjoyable. These slow cooker baked potatoes are even easier than the usual version, plus they’re coated in a super tasty garlic and herb butter for extra flavour!
How to make a perfect baked potato
You might have already read my previous blog post about how I make a perfect baked potato. That’s the method I use the majority of the time, and it always makes an amazing potato.
However, even though a jacket potato is a pretty low effort dinner, the method in that blog post involves using both the microwave and the oven – so you do need to be around to do a small amount of work.
If you’d prefer an entirely hands-off dinner, making slow cooker baked potatoes is the answer!
Why cook baked potatoes in the slow cooker?
Making these slow cooker baked potatoes is entirely hands-off. Once they’re in the slow cooker you can go about your day, or even head out for a few hours, coming home to a delicious potato that’s perfectly cooked and waiting for your return.
You don’t need to check on them every twenty minutes, you don’t need to turn them over, you don’t need to move them from one place to another…
Of course, there is one minor drawback of using the slow cooker – with the slow cooker method, you don’t get the same crispy skin as you do when you bake your potatoes in the oven.
If that’s a deal breaker for you, make the oven-baked ones instead! But, I have a special way of making these baked potatoes extra tasty, so you won’t even think about the lack of a crispy skin…
Garlic and herb butter
My favourite part of these slow cooker baked potatoes is the garlic and herb butter that they’re coated in. It’s a very simple mixture – just melted butter, garlic paste, some dried herbs, and salt and pepper – but it adds so much flavour to the baked potatoes.
Just mix the ingredients together, and slather it alllll over those potatoes. I’d recommend using your hands for this – it’s so satisfying.
Slow cooker baked potatoes
When your potatoes are thoroughly coated in garlic butter (drooool), wrap them up in some silver foil. You want them each to have their own little packet, to keep the flavour in, and allow each potato to cook right there in that buttery, garlicky, herby goodness.
I cooked three potatoes at the same time in my slow cooker – if you have a bigger slow cooker, I’m sure you could fit one or two extra.
Turn the slow cooker on for about 3 or 4 hours, while you get on with something useful (binge watching Netflix counts as useful, yes?).
You can check the baked potatoes with a knife to see when they’re ready – just poke a sharp knife straight through the foil. As long as your potatoes are all a similar size, they should be ready around the same time.
Extra garlic butter!
When you take the potatoes out of their little foil houses, don’t forget the extra garlic and herb butter that will have collected at the bottom! It would be such a shame to waste it, so drizzle it over the top of your baked potato – or cut the potato open and pour the garlic butter right inside.
Baked potato filling ideas
Once you’ve cooked your delicious garlic and herb baked potatoes, it’s time to fill them!
Personally, I love my jacket potatoes served simply with far too much melted butter and gooey cheese – why mess with a classic? But there are plenty of other options too:
- sour cream and chopped chives
- a dollop of coleslaw and / or hummus
- vegetarian chilli (with extra cheese on top!)
- leftovers – any type of stew, bolognese, curry, etc.!
- vegetarian pulled ‘pork’
- broccoli (I like roasted!) and cheese sauce
- creamed mushrooms
- guacamole, salsa and sour cream
- baked beans and cheese (a British classic!)
- caramelised onions
- cream cheese
- roasted chickpeas
Really, there’s no limit to what you can pile up on your jacket potato!
Do you think you’ll try these slow cooker baked potatoes?
Garlic and herb slow cooker baked potatoes
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp butter, melted
- 1 tsp garlic paste
- 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 large potatoes
- Combine all of the ingredients (apart from the potatoes themselves) in a small dish. Place each potato on a sheet of foil, and drizzle generously with the garlic and herb butter. Use clean hands to rub the garlic mixture all over the potatoes.
- Fold each piece of foil around the potatoes, creating a foil parcel for each. Place the wrapped potatoes in the slow cooker.
- Cook on high for 3-4 hours. You can check whether they’re cooked by poking a sharp knife straight through the foil.
- When the slow cooker baked potatoes are ready, remove them from the foil, remembering to drizzle any remaining garlic butter over the top!
Note: Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on exactly what ingredients you choose. Information above is for 1/3 of the recipe (1 garlic and herb slow cooker baked potato).