Thursday, July 12, 2012

Po-tay-toe Po-ta-toe

You say po-tay-toe, I say po-ta-toe. Call em what you want, I love them. I think it's a carb thing. If it's a carb, I want it and not just a taste, I want to gain about 20 pounds from eating so much of it.  Yeah, that's me, a self proclaimed carb lover. Slather cheese all over it, yeah, it's even better. With that said, this next one is like my dream.

First layer of many. Oh yes,
these are going to be good.
Potatoes, covered in cheese and bacon. OOOO MMMMM GGGGG! Not to mention, you throw them in the crock pot. Easy peasy lemon squeezey.

Mr. Man learning how to
be a "cheft" as he calls it.
I have made these twice already and both times, big hit. The first time was for the Fourth of July. They cooked all day on low and when you walked in, the smell was awesome, not to mention it was blazing hot outside and I didn't have to fire up the oven because they were in the crock pot! Second time, last night, at home, just us. Now, my lovely little Payten is the queen of saying I don't like that as soon as she sits down at the table. Not for this. She likes this. (She most certainly is a chicken nugget lover, so getting her to actually say she likes something other than a chicken nugget is awesome.) I'm not sure if it because it is carbs or if it was that they basically put this together on their own, minus using knives. I can only imagine the damage that my kids could produce if I allowed them to use knives. I'm thinking they would be the next Vegas act. You know, Payten tied to a spinning wheel and Logen throwing daggers around her. Yea, that kind of damage. Don't laugh. It could happen. For real.
Don't we look all nice and Leave it to Beaver-like on
camera. Little does everyone know, at this very momentwe are secretly plotting on how to bring mommyinto a crazy woman screaming fit. Oh yeah, we got this!

Anyway, for all of you out there, this is SUPER easy, doesn't heat up the house on a hot day and the everyone seemed to like it.

Cheesy Crock Pot Po-tay-toes
6-7 large potatoes, washed, leave the skins on, sliced about 1/2 inch thick

Shredded Cheddar, you can use as much or as little as you like

Bag O Bacon Bits, the real kind, not those gross fakey ones

1/2 onion sliced thin (optional, have done it both ways. I prefer it with onions)

Pepper to your taste

1/2 stick of butter

Garlic to taste, I put it in just about everything!

Lined with foil and
ready to rock!
Tin foil

Top with sour cream when cooked.

Ok folks, line the crock pot with foil and leave some extra at the top to fold over to trap the steam.
Quick garlic tip!!
Break off a few fresh cloves, with
the skin on, pop into the
microwave for 10 seconds or so
and you will be AMAZED at how
easy it peels and crushes.
You can thank me later.
(In the tone of a hypnotist.)
Look into our eyes, let our cute
little faces deceive you.
We will get you when your back is
turned. You don't see that knife on
the cutting board.
Cut a few pats of butter and put on the bottom and then put a layer of potatoes down. Crack on some pepper if you like, add some shredded cheese, bacon bits and onions to your taste. Add a little butter and continue to layer up to the top. I like to end with the cheddar, bacon and onion on the top. Now, fold over the extra foil to make it like a pouch. This helps keep in the steam. Cover with the crock pot lid and set it to low or high, depending on how fast you need them done. I have done it on 8 hours low and I have also done them on 4 hours high. Both times they turned out nice and soft, just like a baked potato. Feel free to top with sour cream and enjoy!

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