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Twice-Baked Goat’s Cheese Potatoes

Mon 30th, Apr, 2012

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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.

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I mentioned these on my meal plan last week (link here if you like) and thought I would blog them seeing as they are super easy, tasty and can be thrown in with not much effort.

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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.

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I had never done jacket potatoes before in the slow cooker and I had never made twice baked potatoes in any form.

 

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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..

 


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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.

 


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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.

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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…

 

Version 1

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…

Version 2

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

Crock Pot

(based on 4)

4 large potatoes

olive oil

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…

 

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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

Sarah x

 

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42 Responses to “Twice-Baked Goat’s Cheese Potatoes”

  1. Susan @ Afford Your Passions says:

    Now you’re making me hungry! I love double baked potatoes!

  2. annie says:

    Can you bake potatoes in a ceramic slow cooker all day? I thought they had to have liquid in them or they’d crack. Please say ‘yes’ as this sounds like a very easy foodalicious choice for us anti cookers at the moment.

  3. Hey Sarah- are the little red bits peppercorns? They’re very pretty!

  4. Ellie says:

    Sorry – can’t do Goats Cheese. Tastes terrible for me.

    But Barley – now thats one I could love!!!! ;)

  5. Selby says:

    Sensational! Thanks Sarah- I now know what’s for dinner tomorrow:)

    Q what kind of slow cooker do you have? If you don’t mind me asking. I ask because ours is the kind with a non stick inside and even though I have been very gentle only used the right utensils & cleaning cloths I’m about to return the second one ive had for only two weeks, the first the coating flaked, the second has scratched so as well as being miffy with it I’m wondering if the kind with a cermamic inside are any better- not like mine wasn’t a decent brand either. So id be interested in knowing what kind yours is since you seem to be using it lots n happy with it:)

    Xx

    • Angie says:

      @Selby I have the ceramic one by Rival, works like a charm and is as old as dirt. If you do buy one be sure it has the removable bowl. Makes clean up much easier.

    • sarah says:

      hmm, interesting as I have never seen them with non-stick inside…mine is just a hefty ceramic insert and is a non-branded cheap one, I also have my original one which is the one that came with me from England…it is very old-fashioned looking now and cooks slower than the new one.

      I would say just go for a bog-standard cheapo one and see how you go from there

      x

      • Selby says:

        @ Sarah- yes funny you say that because when I looked except for a daft one with a hinge lid that would make cleaning it a chore I struggled to find any that weren’t non stick… Non stick is the new black apparently;) but yes this time were going back to cheapo where at least we know we get what we paid for iykwim hehe;)

        Meanwhile in a fit of handiness ALDI catalouge out today has ceramic insert ones for sale – Mmn love me a $30 slow cooker:)

        Thanks for you quick reply.

        Cheers
        Selby xx

  6. Nicola says:

    Well i never thought of making baked potatoes in a slow cooker, will give it a go.
    Looking forward to seeing what you bought on your girlie trip, sounds like being unplugged went very well!

  7. Fleur says:

    Version 2 sounds right up my street!
    Fleur xxxx

  8. Liz says:

    Oh goodie, a potato recipe. I’ve only made twice baked a time or two and I’d love to have a go-to recipe. Thanks. I’ll give it a whirl. Oh, and that close up of the peppers on the cutting board is striking! Good eye!

  9. Susan says:

    Welcome back Sarah! This receipe sounds very yummy….and so easy! I have to say I have not used the ol crock pot much lately but I believe it’s time to dust it off and give this a whirl! The goat cheese sounds like a nice touch. Love the photography…beautiful! Thank you for sharing and making life a bit easier for us all.

    • sarah says:

      thanks for your lovely comment Susan, I appreciate it…yes blow that dust off, she’s worth it :-) x

  10. Janelle says:

    You can even make a few spuds look gorgeous!! Will def be throwing some in my slowcooker soon thanks! Now can we please have some show and tell from the shopping spree??!!!? xx PS am currently washing down a bc cupcake with my morning coffee. Mmmmm….x

  11. Caz says:

    Sounds delish and gorgeous photos, never thought of doing anything like this in my slow cooker!

  12. Wow, those look awesome. ❇ I’ve finally found pre-steamed lentils at Trader Joe’s so I’m going to make your yummy lentil salad this week! I have been waiting for a long time to do so, so probably a little more enthusiastic than necessary. These are firmly on my radar now as well.

  13. Surely Sarah says:

    Cannot wait to try these! Will make a nice difference from our normal mashed potatoes :)
    Thanks for the recipe!

  14. Tammi says:

    Boy am I happy that you posted this recipe…it’s going on next week’s plan, can’t wait to try it :)
    x

  15. Nicole W says:

    Thanks for the great idea Sarah (as usual)! Can’t wait to try this.. I never thought Id read a recipe AND get a laugh as well.. YOU ROCK! x

  16. alison says:

    I’m going to try those spuds.

    Did anyone else feel a bit listless on tech free Saturday? It made me pause, think and then “Unsubscribe” the next day from a few text messages I receive regularly. They’re content is just not that important. It also confirmed that the internet can be a BTW (big time waster) if you allow it. It can fill up time that can be devoted to better things.

    alison

    • Susan says:

      Just like everything else in life it’s balance and choice :) I’m all for spending time where hopefully, I can be helpful ….as well as encouraged. Life is short, spend it wisely.

    • sarah says:

      it has opened my eyes to quite a bit Alison…my thoughts on it coming soon xo

  17. I LOVED the tech free Saturday. Instantly I realized how I can restore balance. Yay!

    Those potatoes look fab and I can’t wait to try them BUT your photography! Wow! It just gets better and better.

  18. Deanne says:

    I often make something like this for an at home lunch, I have been meaning to try them in the crockpot- so now I will!

  19. Glennie says:

    Yum – never, ever did I think of cooking jacket potatoes in my crockpot … can’t wait to try this – minus the cream of course, given our new healthy regime!

  20. Mummaducka says:

    I’ve got 3 slow cookers. 2 are big rectangular ones. They were super expensive, but te size was right. One of these is ceramic and the other is a cast aluminum one with a non stick interior that you can brown meat with on the stovetop. Both are pretty good, except I have had te ceramic bowl replaced as it cracked! All covered under warranty yay. Then I also have a smaller one , my first, a cheapie, but it was too small for my big eaters(who desperately love leftovers for breakfast!) I think I may have just found the use for it! While the other one has a stew or curry or whatever in it the little one can do the spuds! Yay.

  21. Kirsty says:

    I’m drooling! Definitely going to try these :)

  22. cait says:

    oh my sarah! I made these for supper tonight and they were so delicious! I’ve been a long time fan of your easy meals that aren’t too fussy but taste amazing. these will be a regular meal in our house! thank you for sharing!!

    • sarah says:

      oh I am so pleased you liked it, yep it’s super easy but tasty too, I love that x