I don’t mean to bombard this blog with recipes, but during the winter I cook. A lot. And since I can’t spend much time preparing a meal, my slow cooker is frequently involved. I love the fact I can throw food into a cooker, go about my business and have a nice meal or side dish ready in the evening.
Slow cookers come in different sizes. I have a small one I use for dips that need to be warm, but the larger one is the only one I cook in. This particular side dish will fill up a big slow cooker, so you will need to use one that’s at least a six-quart size. If you are looking to purchase one, go ahead and get the bigger one. It can be used for any slow cooker recipe. I also like the ones that automatically switch to warm mode after the cooking time. These cost a little more, but if you are not there to manually switch the cooker to warm, you could overcook your meal and that would not be good to come home to. Special liners are also available that make cleaning up a breeze, so look for those as well.
You only need four ingredients for this recipe. Potatoes, bacon, cheese, and Italian dressing. If you can talk someone in to helping you peel potatoes, this prep step will go much faster. By the way, do you say I-talian or i-talian?
Italian Slow Cooker Potatoes 5 lbs. potatoes, sliced and boiled **(see note) 1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled 16 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded 1 package of Italian dressing, made up -After potatoes are boiled, layer the potatoes, bacon, cheese, and repeat in that order until all are used. -Pour the dressing on top. -Cook on low for 3-4 hours or until heated to desired temperature.
When I first made this recipe, I didn’t see the part where you boiled the potatoes first. So, needless to say, the potatoes were not quite cooked through. The next time, I followed the directions and I didn’t like the texture of the potatoes. Too mushy, for me. Now when I make this, I don’t boil the potatoes and cook them on low for 6-7 hours. This gives you a firmer, yet soft potato texture that we prefer.
This is a favorite cold weather comfort food and, honestly, how can you go wrong with warm potatoes, cheese, and bacon?