Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes

The easiest potatoes you can make right in the crockpot – perfectly tender, flavorful and cheesy!

Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes - The easiest potatoes you can make right in the crockpot - perfectly tender, flavorful and cheesy!

Potatoes. Cheese. And bacon. With these 3, you can’t go wrong.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes - The easiest potatoes you can make right in the crockpot - perfectly tender, flavorful and cheesy!

And when you can throw these in a slow cooker, well that’s a double win right there.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes - The easiest potatoes you can make right in the crockpot - perfectly tender, flavorful and cheesy!

Now the hardest part about these is not the prep.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes - The easiest potatoes you can make right in the crockpot - perfectly tender, flavorful and cheesy!

It’s the part where you have to hold yourself back before you eat every single perfectly-textured potato chunk smothered in cheesy goodness and crisp bacon bits.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes - The easiest potatoes you can make right in the crockpot - perfectly tender, flavorful and cheesy!

And I really don’t even know how to classify this. It could be an appetizer, side dish, snack or an entree.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes - The easiest potatoes you can make right in the crockpot - perfectly tender, flavorful and cheesy!

I actually had it as all of the above, and devoured every last potato. And don’t think that Jason and I weren’t fighting for that last bacon bit at the bottom of the plate!

Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 8 hours, 15 minutes

Total Time 8 hours, 30 minutes

Yield 8 servings

Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes

The easiest potatoes you can make right in the crockpot - perfectly tender, flavorful and cheesy!

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 3 pounds red potatoes, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Ranch Seasoning and Salad Dressing Mix
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Spread bacon in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Place into oven and bake until brown and crispy, about 12-14 minutes. Let cool before crumbling; set aside.
  • Line a slow cooker with aluminum foil, leaving enough to overhang to wrap the potatoes on top, and coat with nonstick spray. Place a layer of potatoes evenly into the slow cooker. Top with cheese, Ranch Seasoning and bacon, repeating 2 more times and reserving 1/2 cup cheese.
  • Cover potatoes with aluminum foil and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Cover and cook until melted, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with chives.

Notes

Adapted from The Recipe Critic

http://damndelicious.net/2014/09/27/slow-cooker-cheesy-bacon-ranch-potatoes/

Baked Pumpkin Cream Cheese French Toast

The easiest french toast ever with the most amazing cream cheese filling. Prep the night before and bake right before serving. Easy easy!

Baked Pumpkin Cream Cheese French Toast - Easy peasy with the most amazing cream cheese filling. Prep the night before and bake right before serving!

I finally opened my first can of pumpkin this season! Now it definitely doesn’t feel like fall just yet as it is hitting close to 100 degrees F outside here in Southern California but still – this french toast should be made all year long.

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Baked Chicken and Mushroom Skillet

The most flavorful chicken topped with the creamiest mushroom sauce, baked to absolute crisp perfection. An easy meal for those busy weeknights!

Baked Chicken and Mushroom Skillet - The most flavorful chicken topped with the creamiest mushroom sauce. An easy meal for those busy weeknights!

I don’t know what it is but I may have somewhat of a love affair with mushrooms.

Baked Chicken and Mushroom Skillet - The most flavorful chicken topped with the creamiest mushroom sauce. An easy meal for those busy weeknights!

Chanterelle, white, oyster, portobello, shiitake, cremini – you name it. I love them all.

Baked Chicken and Mushroom Skillet - The most flavorful chicken topped with the creamiest mushroom sauce. An easy meal for those busy weeknights!

I can eat them as a side, as a main dish, in a salad, in a soup, and now this. The creamiest of all mushroom sauces.

Baked Chicken and Mushroom Skillet - The most flavorful chicken topped with the creamiest mushroom sauce. An easy meal for those busy weeknights!

It’s so creamy, I was ready to put the chicken aside and slurp it as a soup. Now THAT is a meal in and of itself.

Baked Chicken and Mushroom Skillet - The most flavorful chicken topped with the creamiest mushroom sauce. An easy meal for those busy weeknights!

But since I already had my beautifully crisped up chicken thighs, I decided to throw them into the skillet.

Baked Chicken and Mushroom Skillet - The most flavorful chicken topped with the creamiest mushroom sauce. An easy meal for those busy weeknights!

Now to be honest, I’m not really sure which is the star here – the crisped up, tender chicken thighs or the creamy mushroom sauce simmered in all of the pan juices.

Baked Chicken and Mushroom Skillet - The most flavorful chicken topped with the creamiest mushroom sauce. An easy meal for those busy weeknights!

Either way, these two make a match made in heaven in the quickest, most flavorful chicken dish ever. Just be sure to throw in some extra mushrooms – they will be the first ones to go!

Baked Chicken and Mushroom Skillet

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 40 minutes

Total Time 50 minutes

Yield 6 servings

Baked Chicken and Mushroom Skillet

The most flavorful chicken topped with the creamiest mushroom sauce, baked to absolute crisp perfection. An easy meal for those busy weeknights!

Ingredients

  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, halved
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large oven-proof skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken, skin-side down, and sear both sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side; set aside.
  • Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in the skillet. Add garlic and mushrooms, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and browned, about 5-6 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in chicken broth, thyme, oregano and basil. Return chicken to the skillet.
  • Place into oven and roast until completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 175 degrees F, about 25-30 minutes. Set aside chicken; reserving juices in the pan.
  • Stir in heavy cream, Parmesan and mustard. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes.
  • Serve chicken immediately, topped with mushroom mixture.

Notes

Adapted from Laughing Spatula

http://damndelicious.net/2014/09/13/baked-chicken-mushroom-skillet/