I just can’t stand turning on the oven in the summer. It is just too hot here in Texas. I mean the heat index today was like 110 degrees or something crazy like that. Thank you Jesus that I work inside!!
Even though it is summer…
Even though it is summer The Hubby still wants his meat and potato dinners. I am a fan of meat and potatoes, but it is so hot outside. Can you hear the whine in my voice? Yes, I am whining. Since it is so hot outside I just can’t stand turning on my oven, especially to bake a potato…so it is time for the slow cooker to do its magic.
Lets talk potatoes
I love going to the grocery store and looking through all the different potatoes that there are. There is the good ole’ russet potato and the tender yukon golds. There is your basic red potato and some fingerling potatoes for some extra fun, but one of my favorites is the combo bag of red, yukon and purple potatoes.
Yes you read that right, purple potatoes. I LOVE THEM! They are more firm then the yukon gold but more tender than a red potato making them a perfect addition to your next potato dish. I love being them in the combo bags as that way we get a little bit of everything.
I use this combo for almost all my potato recipes, like one of my favorite potato salads…but they are also perfect for this slow cooker recipe. Not only are they delicious but they also add some great color and texture to this delicious dish. I could go on and on about them, but I will move on (for now).
Break out the slow cooker…
Some fun with seasoning
I wanted to keep the seasoning simple so the potatoes could really shine through so with just a little garlic, sat, pepper & chili powder it was all done. If you want to amp it up a little you could add in some cayenne pepper, cumin, or some herbs.
For the herbs if you are going to use dried you can add them at the beginning for fresh herbs stir in at the end, just before serving. I garnished with a little chopped parsley, but some dill, thyme, cilantro or basil would be YUMMY!! Go ahead and use whatever you have growing in your herb garden or found at the farmers market.
Even though it is summer you can still enjoy your meat and potatoes…without heating up the house. Heat the grill and let the slow cooker take care of the rest.