Slow Cooker Jacket Potatoes. Discover the best way to cook jacket potatoes using your slow cooker. Once you have tried this slow cooker method there will be no going back to the oven.
As well as sharing a simple jacket potato recipe, I will also be sharing with you how to cook the beans in the slow cooker too and serve up the British favourite of jacket potatoes with cheese and beans.
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Slow Cooker Jacket Potatoes
I always remember the simple diet of my grandma in her later years. She was widowed and was just cooking for herself and preferred the simple and easy food.
It was always a Weetabix for breakfast, jacket potatoes for lunch and often some leftovers that someone brought her for dinner.
I always remember watching her making her baked potatoes. She would cook them in the oven and then add butter and usually some cheese too.
She would also make me one and I thought they were the best food ever.
That was in the 90’s long before I had ever used a slow cooker and when my love affair for jacket potatoes began.
Today I wanted to take the classic jacket potato recipe to the slow cooker.
Can You Cook Jacket Potatoes In A Slow Cooker?
Yes, you can. You will be amazed by how good slow cooker jacket potatoes are, how simple they are and how perfect they are for busy weeknight dinners.
I have shared many ways to cook jacket potatoes (or baked potatoes) and I often get asked for the best way to cook jacket potatoes.
Can You Put Raw Potatoes In A Slow Cooker?
Yes, you can. After being quizzed if you can cook jacket potatoes in the slow cooker, I often get asked if you can put raw potatoes in the slow cooker.
The answer to both is YES. Jacket potatoes in foil are dumped into the slow cooker and then the slow cooker cooks them from raw.
Potatoes in the slow cooker cook very well and you can put them on in the morning on low and then know that you have perfect jacket potatoes at dinnertime.
Jacket Potato Vs Baked Potato
You will note that I have referenced jacket potatoes and baked potatoes and are probably wondering what the difference is.
Well, jacket potatoes and baked potatoes are one of the same.
They are called jacket potatoes in the UK and then they are called baked potatoes in the US.
Why Cook Slow Cooker Potatoes?
I grew up believing that potatoes should be cooked in the oven, or if you were in a rush, they should be done in the microwave.
Yet I have found that kitchen gadgets do a much better job and have fallen in love with slow cooker potatoes.
Here are a few reasons why you must cook slow cooker potatoes:
- You can dump the potatoes in the slow cooker in the morning, cook on low and then in the evening come back to perfect jackets.
- You can also create a baked potato bar, make lots of great fillings and have a themed potato evening.
- Because the potatoes are slow cooked, they are much more tender and fluffier compared to oven potatoes.
- Living in Portugal for 13 years means that I have to be creative with foods to cook in hot weather that don’t make my kitchen hot. Potatoes wrapped in foil are ideal for dumping in the slow cooker and not overheating yourself.
- Can be eaten in foil to save on washing up!
- Plus, your kids can help you make them and get excited over the potato they prepped and then add their favourite toppings.
Slimming World Jacket Potato
If you are on Slimming World, then jacket potatoes are ideal.
You are wrapping syn free potatoes in foil and loading them up into the slow cooker.
You can then serve your slimming world jacket potatoes with beans and they are 100% syn free.
Then use healthy extras to add some grated cheese and syn a little bit of butter. Or swap the butter for Philadelphia.
Slow Cooker Jacket Potato Ingredients
Potatoes – I will go to my pantry and grab whatever potatoes I have, that are a medium to large size. I don’t go and buy specific potatoes for jackets, just use what I have in.
Beans – I warm up the beans in the slow cooker for the last bit of the cooking time. They are then piping hot and ready to serve with the jackets. If you don’t want beans then you can swap for another favourite jacket potato filling.
Salt – Its essential that you season your potatoes with salt before cooking to add flavour. I always have some sea salt ready for this.
Toppings – Also, don’t forget to grab your jacket potato fillings and serve these with your potatoes.
Foil – It is also essential to cook your potatoes in foil in the slow cooker. I always have a roll of silver foil in my pantry, that is ready to go for recipes like this.
Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this jacket potato recipe, it has just been our Crockpot. We have this one and its wonderful for one pot family dinners. Plus, we can use it on the stovetop and in the oven too. Making it ideal for sauteing and making things crispy.
How To Cook Jacket Potatoes In Slow Cooker?
- Wrap. Get your potatoes, prick them with a fork and season with salt. Wrap in silver foil and load into the slow cooker.
- Cook – Allow the potatoes to cook on low in the slow cooker if putting on at breakfast for dinner, or on high if putting on in the afternoon for dinner.
- Add. Not long before they are done, make room for a baked beans loaded ramekin and warm up your beans using the slow cooker.
- Assemble. When the slow cooker beeps serve the potatoes in foil with butter, beans, and cheese.
What To Have With Jacket Potato?
Now that I have shown you how to do jacket potatoes, I am sure you want to know what to have with your jackets?
Well, my all time favourite choice is tuna and sweetcorn that mixed with Greek yoghurt and loaded over buttered jackets.
I also love egg mayonnaise over my jacket potatoes too and with some grated cheese.
Though if you want to go down the classic route then nothing beats butter, baked beans and grated cheese and that amazing way the cheese melts over the beans.
How Long Do Potatoes Take In Slow Cooker?
This depends on their size. If you are doing baby potatoes, or some breakfast potatoes, then they will be much quicker than baked potatoes.
What we have found is that for jacket potatoes in the slow cooker the jacket potato cooking time is 4 hours on high.
However, if you are cooking your potatoes on low, then you can expect them to be done in just over 7 hours.
But if you need to leave them a little longer, they will be fine.
More Slow Cooker Favourites
Slow Cooker Jacket Potatoes With Cheese & Beans
- Prick clean potatoes with a fork and season well with sea salt. Wrap in foil and load into the slow cooker. Cook on high for 3.5 hours or on low for 6.5 hours.
- When the slow cooker beeps open the foil and check with a fork that your potatoes are cooked.
- Then load a ramekin (or two) with baked beans and make a space in the slow cooker for them. Cook for an extra half an hour on high, or an hour on low.
- Load up your potatoes with butter, beans, and cheese before serving.