Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Slow Cooker Baked Potato Bar



It is that time of year again. When I start pulling out all of the appetizer and dip recipes I have in my repertoire because it is playoff time. We are big football fans in our house and often find ourselves crowded around our TV, screaming loud enough for the neighbors to hear for most of January. I love having friends over to celebrate our favorite team with us, but sometimes, it can be a huge hassle to have a big group over when it comes to food. That is why I have perfected the Slow Cooker Baked Potato Bar.  
Morning of a playoff game all you need to do is scrub as many potatoes as you need that night, I liked to scrub enough to fill my entire slow cooker because I think it helps them cook better. Wrap the still wet potatoes in tin foil and throw them in the slow cooker on low.  If you want you can brush the skins with olive oil and salt before wrapping them in tinfoil for a flavor skin, but it isn't necessary. Let the potatoes cook on low for about 6-7 hours and you will have potatoes so soft the skin is falling off of them.
Set up a baked potato bar with your potatoes and all of your favorite toppings. I love to heat up a couple different versions of Progresso Chili usually, Smokehouse Pork and Beef Chili with Beans and Southwest Style White Chicken Chili with Beans so that people can use whichever one fits their flavor profile better.
On our potato bar we love sliced olives, diced onions, cut up cliantro, seeded and sliced jalapenos, diced tomatoes, green onions, avocados wedges, shredded cheese, sour cream and of course chili.
One of the nice things about including a nice robust chili on potato bar is it helps take care of that protein element that people are looking for. My absolute favorite part about doing a slow cooker baked potato bar for our game nights is that I am not stuck in the kitchen, I am out watching the game with my friends and the clean up? It can be a total breeze, simply use paper bowls for your toppings and paper plates for everyone to eat on and you will have it cleaned up before the game is every over.

Do you want more recipes for the big game? Check out Progresso's collection here.
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18 comments:

Molly O'Connor said...

Haha I love that football season encourages so much camaraderie! This is literally THE perfect meal for watching football!!

ana de jesus said...

This sounds amazing I love how hearty and filling it looks with all the toppings. It is good that it is so easy to make too!

Logan Cantrell said...

I have always wanted to try to make baked potatoes in the crock pot! This recipe looks delicious. I love adding chili to a baked potato.

Jessica Abegg said...

While I wouldn't use this recipe for not-having-to-cook-for-football-games, I definitely will be adding this into my menu planning! Just over the weekend, I realized I *should* be buying a bag of potatoes every so often, but didn't know what to do with that many potatoes besides soup and, well, mashed potatoes! But this is perfect! Chili and cheese and oh yes, delicious! Thanks for sharing! :D

Laura - Eye Candy Creative Studio said...

I could seriously eat potatoes every other day and the thought of doing a potatoe bar? well frankly I'm surprised I've never thought to do that - duh! ;)

jillconyers said...

My family loves it when we have "bar" meals. Tacos, burrito, nachos, baked potato, sandwiches...can you tel we have bar meals often? haha

Allie Kunze said...

I love the idea of a potato bar for a football game get together. It makes so much sense! And your idea of avocado wedges?? Love this!!

Author TP Keane said...

Love a good baked potato. Thanks for the ideas.

Michelle said...

I have never tried to cook potatoes in my crock pot but that is a genius idea! Fab idea for game day or a family gathering!!!!

yanique said...

I love baked potatoes but I've never made them in the crockpot! I also like the idea of a baked potato bar. Great idea for Superbowl Sunday!

MyTeenGuide said...

I've never tried making baked potatoes using a crock pot. I would like to try this.

Deb Clem-Buckert said...

I've never tried to make baked potatoes in the slow cooker but I need to. We just got a pressure cooker. Bet you could make them quickly in that!

Jen K said...

What a great idea! I would have never thought of doing a potato bar. We are having a super bowl party and I may do this.

tiarastantrums said...

I have never made a baked potato in a crock pot and never would have thought that possible! what a great idea for hot summer days!

Eileen Kelly said...

I make the potatoes often ij slow cooker. I love the idea of a potato bar. IK didn't know that Progresso made chili. This will be a great addition to my Sunday Football party

Toni said...

This is an awesome idea for the Super Bowl! I love cooking in the crock pot because my entire house smells delightful!

Heather said...

I love this! I never thought of putting potatoes in my crock pot, but that is genius! We love baked potato bars around here. They make a perfect dinner - especially with chili!

Hi, I'm Susannah! said...

Oh yum! I love baked potatos and I always forget how good they are with chili. I think I'm going ot make some for dinner tomorrow.

 
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