I know! I had no idea you could bake potatoes in a crockpot either! But I got a lovely email from Danielle --who doesn't seem to have a blog-- challenging me to try them out. She is hosting a two-year-old birthday party and had the fabulous idea of having a potato bar for the adults.
11 medium sized potatoes completely filled my 6-quart oval rival.
--let them dry
(because if you don't the foil then gets a little bit rusty and the potatoes become a bit discolored. Don't ask how I know this...)
--prick a few times with a fork
--wrap in foil
--put them all inside your crockpot.
don't add water.
they will cook.
they will not explode.
it's not weird.
cook on low for 10 hours, or high for 6 or until desired tenderness.
I like the neat factor of this a lot. It might be more practical to cook them in the oven and then transfer to the crockpot for keeping warm. The potatoes taste amazing; they cook in their own juice and taste more potatoe-y than normal baked potatoes--but the color isn't the pure white color that you would expect---more of a beigey yellow.
but the neat factor is so very neat it makes me want to have a potato party.
Thank you, Danielle, for the very way cool idea and challenge!