Cris here. Those of you following along from yesterday’s Meat Lover’s Crock Pot Chili, might be on to our secret… but don’t let me get ahead of myself…
Meal Time Solution: Cook Your Bacon Ahead of Time
As I mentioned yesterday, when I went to purchase my bacon, I got a great value at Walmart because the package was 1.5 lb instead of just a 1lb.
So when my recipe yesterday only called for 1 lb of bacon but I had an extra 1/2 lb I went ahead and cooked up the entire package. I used what I needed for the recipe and then I kept it in the fridge in between two paper towels in a baggie. I love to cook things once and use them multiple times! It is such a time saver. So, when it came time to use it I just reheated it for a few seconds (15 seconds or so) and it was ready to eat in no time flat. This is how I made the potatoes in a snap the other night, but it also works great for a quick BLT for lunch– no skillet required.
Crock Pot Loaded Steakhouse Potatoes
Now, back to my potatoes. You might also recall that I asked you to save something when you drained your bacon yesterday…. Remember that bacon grease? It is going to come in real handy today.
I learned the “Steakhouse” tip many years ago when a potato loving co-worker of mine would always order baked potatoes for lunch. She loved to eat the skins so she would rub her napkin on the outside of the potato to make sure it was clean and was always concerned at this particular steakhouse because something would always rub off the potatoes there. This became such a concern that eventually she spoke to the manager and the manager explained that the reason everyone loved their potatoes (and their skins) so much was they would coat them in bacon grease and salt. My co-worker was relieved and I was intrigued to try this cooking tip at home!
So for today’s post I combined this idea with our favorite way to cook a sweet potato with bacon and came up with our Crock Pot Loaded Steakhouse Potatoes! The potatoes were perfectly tender with a savory-salty outside and all the fixings inside– just like the steakhouse’s version at a fraction of the cost.
Slow Cooker Recommendations
Any 5-6 quart slow cooker will work for this recipe. Depending on how many potatoes you want to cook at once, you can use smaller or bigger slow cookers. I just used one of my favorite 6 qt Slow Cookers so I could do six potatoes at a time.
Crock Pot Steakhouse Loaded Potatoes
- 6 Russet Potatoes washed and pierced with a fork
- 1/4 cup Melted Bacon Grease
- Kosher Salt to taste
- Pieces The Fixins: Cooked Bacon Sour Cream, Shredded Cheese, Chopped Green Onion
- Place potatoes in a single layer in your slow cooker
- Brush liberally with grease and salt.
- Cook on high for 3-4 hours
- Reapply grease and salt if desired.
- Once tender, make a slit in the top of the potatoes and push ends inward to open potato to place desired fixins.
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