I love sweet potatoes. They are delicious, versatile, and super good for you. The only issue (for me anyway) is sweet potatoes take about an hour to baked in the oven. This is a problem for 2 reasons. First, I don’t have an hour after work to bake a potato. Second, I don’t want the oven on for an hour in the summer. I guess I could make the potatoes on the grill, or ahead of time on the weekends, but again I just don’t have that kind of time to dedicate just on potatoes.
Anyway, all of these thoughts have been going on in my head over the last month or so. I really love sweet potatoes and wanted to find a way to conveniently add them to my weekly meal plan. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. Why don’t I just cook them in the slow cooker? Duh! I don’t know why I didn’t think of this many years ago. Seriously, sometimes I truly wonder where my brain is. It only took a second of googling to find out that preparing “baked” sweet potatoes in the slow cooker can be done!
Sweet potatoes cook for 8 hours in the slow cooker, which makes it a perfect slow cooking recipe for when you’re out of the house all day. Also, they are incredibly simple to make. All you need is potatoes and foil. Poke a few holes in the potatoes, wrap individually in foil, place in crock, and cook for 8 hours. They turn out perfect! Soft, sweet, and delicious. Seriously, my sweet potatoes turned out better in the slow cooker than trying to bake them in the oven.
I used my 6 quart Hamiliton Beach slow cooker and was able to fit 3 medium and 1 large sweet potato in the crock. The large one was for hubby 🙂 I was a little worried about the potato on top not cooking evenly but it turned out great.
Knowing that I can cook sweet potatoes in my slow cooker is such a game changer for me. Now I don’t need to worry about carving out an hour or so just to bake my sweet potato and I can easily have them available any time I want. All I need to do is throw them in the slow cooker in the morning then set it and forget it.
Here is the simple almost non-recipe. Hope you find this as helpful as I do 🙂
- 4 medium sweet potatoes or yams, scrubbed and dried
- 4 sheets of aluminum foil
- Using a fork, poke holes in the sweet potato 3 or 4 times.
- Wrap each sweet potato in foil and place in the crock pot and cover with lid. You do not need any liquid in the crock.
- Cook on low for 8 hours or until tender. Mine were perfect at 8 hours.