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Crock Pot Potatoes and Onions

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There’s nothing better than an uncomplicated recipe made easier by using the crockpot, and my newest recipe for Crockpot Baby Potatoes and Onions is not only simple, it’s delicious!

 Creamer potatoes, sweet Vidalia onions, chicken broth, and brown sugar make your new favorite and easy-to-make side dish. Slow-cooked Baby Potatoes are the perfect dish for so many occasions. 

Pair them with a roast for Sunday dinner, or bring them to the next dinner party as a side.

potatoes and onions in a black crockpot.

Why you will love making Potatoes and Onions!

Slow cooked: Nothing is more satisfying than coming home from a long day and seeing food already cooking! No need to skip the side dish with these creamy, delicious potatoes that have been softening all day in juices. These baby reds are fork tender and pair well with nearly any main dish.

However, if you need something quicker, try skillet red potatoes and onions.

Holiday friendly: Looking for a hot holiday side that doesn’t take up the oven or stove? The crockpot is most definitely everyone’s friend come the fall and winter months.

Potatoes and onions complement roast and turkey and are still hot and ready to serve when the meats are done.

Filling: Nothing says comfort like a filling potato recipe. It’s one of the best side dishes to cook as you do not need a lot of food to make everyone feel full and happy.

Simple Recipe Ingredients

  • small potatoes — cut in half; my favorite potatoes to use for this are Little Potato Company Fresh Creamer Potatoes Dynamic Duo.
  • Vidalia onions — thinly sliced
  • chicken broth — I prefer a low-sodium broth such as Progresso or Trader Joe’s
  • brown sugar — I like dark brown sugar for the richer taste, but light brown sugar works here too
collage of ingredients for potatoes and onions labeled.

How to Slow Cook Potatoes & Onions.

  1. Wash and cut baby potatoes in half. Add to crock pot.
  2. Slice Vidalia onions and place on top of potatoes.
  3. With a spoon, combine well.
  4. In a separate small bowl, combine butter, broth, sugar, salt, and pepper and mix well. Pour over potatoes and onions and mix well to coat evenly.
  5. Cover slow cooker and heat on low for 6-7 hours or high for 3 to 3-1/2 hours.
  6. Drain potatoes and onions or serve with a slotted spoon. 
6 image collage of potatoes and onions being added to crock pot.

Expert Slow Cooker Tips and Variations

  • Add grated or crumbled cheese to the top before serving.  Parmesan, cheddar, and blue cheese taste amazing with baby potatoes and onions!
  • Because slow cookers all cook at slightly different times, check the potatoes often during the cooking process. They are ready when the potatoes are fork tender.

baby potatoes and onions on a spoon.

Recipe FAQ’s

What are Vidalia onions, and can other types of onions be used in this recipe?

Vidalia onions are a type of onion grown only in a specific region of Georgia.  They are sweet, and the oils are less potent, so they won’t make you tear up like other varieties of onion.  If you can’t source Vidalia onions for this recipe, use any sweet onion such as Walla Walla, Maui, or Texas Sweets.

What to serve with Baby Potatoes and Onions?

Crockpot Potatoes and Onions is one of those side dishes that can be served with SOOO many things.  Meat (like pot roast) and poultry are always my first recommendation, which is why this dish should be a regular on the Thanksgiving and Christmas menus. 

Baby Potatoes and Onions would also serve up well with fish, especially fish with a strong, oily flavor such as salmon, tuna, or mackerel. If you need a side dish to go with it, try slow cooked cinnamon carrots.

Can Baby Potatoes and Onions be frozen?

Leftover Crockpot Baby Potatoes can be stored for 3-4 days in the fridge, then rewarmed in the oven or in the microwave.  But they can also be frozen for longer-term storage. It’s best to flash freeze cooked potatoes, so they don’t all freeze together in a clump. 

Grease a baking sheet and arrange potatoes and onions, so they have as much room around them as possible.  Stick the pan in your freezer for 30 minutes, then transfer the potatoes and onions to an airtight container or bags. 

They will last in your freezer for up to a year.  Reheat frozen Crockpot Potatoes directly from the freezer, or the thawing process will turn the potatoes grey (although they will still be perfectly safe to eat).

Serve alongside these recipes:

Try these with Crockpot Baby Potatoes for a full meal:

cooked red potatoes and onions in a white bowl with a sprig of parsley on top.
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Crock Pot Potatoes and Onions


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Delicious and savory, baby new potatoes or red potatoes make a delicious side dish that that is not only easy, but one pot. Perfect alongside roast, chicken or turkey, slow cooked potatoes are soft, tender and FILLED with flavor because of the tender sliced caramelized onions. The brown butter and simple seasonings lets the potato shine and because this dish is made in the crockpot, it's also super holiday friendly as a ready-when-you-are side dish. 

Ingredients
 

  • 1-1/2 lbs. tiny potatoes cut in half
  • 2 large Vidalia onions sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

Instructions

  • Add potatoes and onions to a slow cooker and mix well.
  • In a separate small bowl, combine butter, broth, brown sugar, salt and pepper and mix well.
  • Pour brown butter mixture over potatoes and onions and mix well to evenly coat.
  • Cover and heat on low for 6-7 hours or high for 3 to 3-1/2 hours.
  • Drain or serve with a slotted spoon (if desired).

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Add grated or crumbled cheese to the top before serving.  Parmesan, cheddar, blue cheese all taste amazing with baby potatoes and onions!
  • Because slow cookers all cook at slightly different times, check the potatoes every so often during the cooking process. They are ready when the potatoes is fork tender.
  • Try adding a packet of onion soup mix, ranch seasoning, or add some extra herbs like chopped fresh parsley, basil, or rosemary.
What are Vidalia onions, and can other types of onions be used in this recipe?
Vidalia onions are a type of onion grown only in a specific region of Georgia.  They are sweet and the oils are less potent so they won’t make you tear up like other varieties of onion.  If you can’t source Vidalia onions for this recipe, use any sweet onion such as Walla Walla, Maui, or Texas Sweets.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 340mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 13g

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8 Comments

  1. Why would you put sugar in potatoes?

    1. Trisha Haas says:

      Brown sugar is a common ingredient for many recipes – it has molasses so can provide a richer taste.

    2. Sounds absolutely yummy & can’t wait to try these! I add brown sugar to my spaghetti sauce and chili, it doesn’t take too much of it to make a big difference in the flavor of your dish ☺️

  2. I really want to make this but all I have is a bag of Yukon gold potatoes. Can I use those here as well? Thank you.

    1. Trisha Haas says:

      yes! The only thing I would make sure is if they are too large, cutting them down.

  3. Rob Hibbard says:

    Love this combination of deliciousness. Have made it multiple times and it is always a hit.

  4. I made these in an instant pot. Delicious!

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