Thought your slow cooker was just for stews and one-pot meals? Think again! These Slow Cooker Garlic Roasted Potatoes are a tasty new way to prepare a classic side dish. They’re just in time, too, because the season for big holiday meals is upon us. That includes both eating them and cooking them! Between savory entrees, the full spread of sides, and the obligatory dessert, your oven is going to be getting quite a workout. Fortunately, your oven doesn’t actually have to bear all the responsibility (and, no–don’t worry–we’re not calling in the microwave to fill in for Thanksgiving dinner!).
It turns out that your slow cooker can do a lot more than you think. It’s actually a pretty handy ally to have in the kitchen when you’re preparing a big holiday feast. With these Slow Cooker Garlic Roasted Potatoes, you can prepare a classic roasted potato side without taking up any extra oven space. While your hands (and oven) are full of a million different sides and entrees, you can at least rest assured that your potatoes are calmly roasting away in the slow cooker.
Slow Roasted Potatoes
My mother always used to say that the hardest part of cooking wasn’t the cooking part at all: It was the timing. Growing up, my family always divided the burden of preparing holiday meals by assigning different holidays to different kitchens. My mom was in charge of Christmas Eve and Easter. I was always amazed by how she managed to prepare every entree, side, dressing, and sauce while also managing to get it all out on the table at the same time–and at each dish’s optimal temperature, too!
It certainly was no easy feat, and sometimes even she wondered how she managed to pull it off with only one kitchen. In the absence of a second oven, my mom’s success depended on multiple slow cookers. While the oven bore the supreme responsibility of the main entree, the slow cookers took on any sides they could handle (which turned out to be most of them). There’s really not much a slow cooker can’t do. It can even roast potatoes!
Preparing your roasted potatoes in the slow cooker may take a little more time than tossing them in the oven, but it can really help to have that oven space freed up. Moreover, once you get the potatoes prepped and in the slow cooker, you don’t even have to think about them. The slow cooker will do its thing while you’re freed up to to do your thing (or 12 different things). 2 to 3 hours later, you’ll have perfectly tender, golden-brown potatoes.
These Slow Cooker Garlic Roasted Potatoes are a simple, savory classic. Garlic and onion powder create a traditional flavor profile, while crushed red pepper adds the slightest bit of a kick to this simple side. Roasted in olive oil and tossed in butter, these slow cooker potatoes will create the perfect buttery, golden brown roasted potato side dish for your weeknight (or, holiday) table.
Yield: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1/2 cup | Calories: 167 | Total Fat: 7 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Carbohydrates: 25 g | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 2 g | Protein: 3 g | Cholesterol: 5 mg | Sodium: 341 mg | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5
- 2 tablespoons olive Oil
- 4 medium red potatoes, cubed into 1/2 inch pieces (skins on)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Add oil to the slow cooker, turn to high and allow to heat up for about 15 minutes
- Combine all ingredients, except the butter, in the slow cooker, toss potatoes in the hot oil and seasonings, cover and cook on high 2-3 hours (4-5 hours on low), or until potatoes are tender and browned.
- Add the butter and lightly toss. Serve hot and enjoy!