Hey lovely Beach Cottage girls, hello Monday morning, an easy recipe for us today, a Surfer Boy recipe… all the way from the beaches!
So what’s been going on down here? Well, the weather has been very changeable…sun, drizzle, clouds and cool in one day…I spent a weekend with Miss Beach Cottage in the city, for my 24 hours of going unplugged, more to come on how that went…at a very nice hotel, thank-you-very-much – we treated ourselves, ahem quite a bit…feels good to do that sometimes…
Anyway, let us get back to Surfer Boy food and these twice-baked potatoes, in a slow cooker or crockpot…what? baked potatoes in a crock pot? oh yes
….with garlic, cream, goat’s cheese & herbs…did I hear anyone in the house lick their lips? I think so.
These came about after discovering twice-baked potatoes when looking for recipes other than stew or casserole type recipes to do in my slow cooker / crock pot.
I had never done jacket potatoes before in the slow cooker and I had never made twice baked potatoes in any form.
The first few recipes I tried were really just cheese or cheese and ham affairs and then one day I had thrown some potatoes into the crock pot about lunchtime, knowing I wouldn’t be home for a good few hours and we would all be tired and hungry when we arrived through the door from the beach, I hadn’t thought about what to top them with…when I got home the potatoes were baked to perfection thanks to that old girl who sits on my counter working hard while I am out to play…but opening the fridge only goats cheese was there….and so in it went…actually at that point it went on top, not in…and I just added spring onion, chives and a few herbs from the garden… was a great success..
But I thought it would be tastier with the goat’s cheese mashed into the potatoes and with a little bit of cream added, plus I thought it might just sing with a little bit of garlic too…it did…and has been with us ever since.
This is easy, fairly healthy if you side it with salad and lots of raw veggies(though you might want to lose the cream) and if you are on a budget, you can’t go wrong with a potato, cooked like this.
How to cook Baked Potatoes in Crock Pot / Slow Cooker
OK, so I have done this many times now, I like to call myself an expert in this department, hah!
There are few things in life I know much about, throwing things in a slow cooker I am pretty hefty in the old experience department.
So if you come across a recipe, in inverted commas, for this, it will list the following and this is the way I do it most of the time, when I am not on a broomstick and all in the world is good…
1. prick each potato with a fork
2. rub with olive oil
3. lob on a generous amount of sea salt
4. wrap in foil
5. throw in slow cooker
but when I am super busy and can’t think straight/don’t have a clue what’s for dinner or am having a broomstick ride I do this…
1. throw in slow cooker
(on low all day, or on high for 3 to 4 hours – check for how your slow cooker cooks)
As you can see, there isn’t much difference, Version 1 is hardly laborious, but I have to say Version 2 is hard to beat….you will get better results with Version 1, but Version 2 is more than good enough.
So that is a very easy dinner – just top with cheese and your regular toppings, a slice of crispy bacon sometimes makes it in our ratty old cottage along with sour cream, but, what’s even better is, with a touch more effort, you can make this extra nice…
Twice Baked Goat’s Cheese Potatoes
(based on 4)
4 large potatoes
salt & pepper
1 cup soft goats cheese
1 cup cheddar
small bunch spring onions, about 8
large handful / bunches chives & parsley
1/3 cup cream
1 to 2 cloves garlic
1. rub potatoes with oil, prick, sprinkle with sea salt & wrap in foil
2. place in crock pot / slow cooker 4 hours, if you are home turn about half way through
3. remove, slice in half & scoop out potato leaving skins
5. mash potato & add cream, cheese, chives, parsley & garlic
6. stuff filling back into potatoes & sandwich together
7. place back in slow cooker for an hour or until warmed through
Beach Cottage Recipe Notes * the recipe above is an estimate…mess around with the amounts – I like the taste of goat’s cheese but I think some find that sharp and this is quite creamy, you can easily leave the cream out *obviously you can make this the traditional way in your oven *if you don’t like the pungency of raw garlic, leave it out or add oven roasted garlic *if the man in your life requires meat with his dinner add some bacon & tell him if he doesn’t like it he knows where the bbq is *the longer you leave these the more ‘done’ the outside skin will be – if, like me, you like a very well done skin, like you would buy from a jacket potato stall then just leave them in there – turn them over a few times so that the skin browns all over *if you are on a budget swap the goat’s cheese for Cheddar or similar (or whatever is lurking in your cheese drawer)
(oh and if you like one dish meals and have hungry boys, or you just like easy, throw it together food that tastes like you slaved all day, this Beach Cottage Surfer Boy White Bean Stew might be a nice one to try…I do this when I am scrabbling around to make the dinner, it hits the spot in this old cottage every time…Easy White Bean & Bacon Stew)
These potatoes are best served with a big green salad and some veggies, I pretty much like rocket and then a few colourful things alongside, love me some red peppers with just about anything…
So that, Beach Cottage friends is it from me today, I feel like I have a million things to tell and show you…to say I had a successful girlie shopping trip on my jaunt to the city is an understatement, and talk about uber-budget, yeah love me that …and talk about it has a Beach Cottage nautical stripe or three, yeah love me some of that too..
plus some bloggie news coming up and something new for this site… I guess there is never enough time in the day for us ladies huh? Which is why I love my CROCK POT, haha
See you next time in Beach Cottage Land
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