There’s nothing better than an uncomplicated recipe that’s made easier by using the crockpot, and my newest recipe for Crockpot Baby Potatoes is not only simple, it’s delicious! Creamer potatoes combined with sweet Vidalia onions, chicken broth and brown sugar to make your new favorite and easy to make side dish.
Slow cooked Baby Potatoes is the perfect dish for so many occasions. Pair with a roast for Sunday dinner, or bring them to the next dinner party as a side.
And let’s not forget that one of the best things about using the slow cooker is you can set it and forget it. One pot and done, making cooking and cleaning both a breeze!
Why you will love these potatoes
Slow cooked: There is nothing more satisfying to 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 pairs 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 both and are still hot and ready to to serve when the meats are done.
Filling: Nothing says comforting like the filling potato. Its one of the best side dishes to cook as you do not need a lot of food to make everyone feel full and happy.
- 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
How to slow cook Potatoes & Onions
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- Wash and cut baby potatoes in half. Add to crock pot.
- Slice Vidalia onions and place on top of potatoes.
- With a spoon, combine well.
- In a separate small bowl, combine butter, broth, sugar, salt and pepper and mix well. Pour over potatoes and onions and mix well to evenly coat.
- Cover slow cooker and heat on low for 6-7 hours or high for 3 to 3-1/2 hours.
- Drain potatoes and onions or serve with a slotted spoon.
Expert Tips and Variations
- 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.
- If you need quicker potatoes, there are still a lot of other options. Try Boiled Red Potatoes, Whole Roasted Mini Potatoes, or oven baked Parmesan Roasted Potatoes.
What potatoes should I use?
There are a lot of choices when it comes to small potatoes, and all the terminology can be a bit confusing! Creamer potatoes is a term usually given to immature potatoes of larger varieties, often red or Yukon Gold.
- I love the Creamer Potatoes from the Little Potato Company. These potatoes are actually fully mature, but they are bred to be small.
- Fingerling potatoes are also a small yet fully-grown variety.
- Baby potatoes, on the other hand, are harvested before they are full-grown, and can sometimes be called “new potatoes”.
- Red potatoes are usually quite small and would also work in this Crockpot Potatoes 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.
Crockpot Potatoes and Onions is really one of those side dishes that can be served with SOOO many things. Meat (like pot roast) and poultry is 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.
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 in the oven 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:
- Mediterranean Salmon
- Steak with simple seasoning
- Ninja Foodi Turkey Breast
- Garlic Parmesan Chicken
- Asparagus Stuffed Chicken