Full of flavor and zest, these slow cooker potatoes are one of the most delicious and easiest side dishes you will ever make! These are perfect for any weeknight dinner and your family will enjoy the velvety tenderness in every bite! These pair amazingly well with Pot Roast!
New potatoes are the best side dishes and that’s exactly what you are going to get with these slow cooker potatoes. These are made with gemstones which are a mixture of purple and red potatoes and then slow cooked for several hours with fresh minced garlic, butter, and the most flavorful seasonings. Simply put, this is about to become one of your family’s favorite new potato recipes.
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Why This Recipe Works
- This is a slow cooker recipe which means it gets to do all the hard work, not you.
- It only takes 5 minutes to prepare these slow cooker potatoes.
- The texture of these potatoes have a smooth and velvety finish, have an amazingly savory flavor, and pair well with just about anything.
This is one of those potato recipes you need to have in your collection. They are that delicious!
Ingredients You’ll Need
I buy a 1.5 pound bag of gemstone potatoes when making these. You will typically get a combination of yellow, red, and purple potatoes. If you’re not a fan of that variety, you can use baby red potatoes or small yukon gold potatoes. If you have a flavored olive oil on hand, use it. While extra-virgin olive oil works great, using a flavor infused oil really enhances the flavor. And talking about adding flavor, if you like rosemary potatoes, you can add in some dried rosemary to the seasoning.
Different Types of Potatoes
You can use any small potato of your choice for this recipe, and there are several potato varieties that work well with this recipe. But I love these little Gemstones the most. I like the variety and each type of potato provides different nutritional value which is a plus. But my favorite thing about using these is how tender they become when they are slow cooked. We’re talking velvety smooth texture! You can find these at your local grocery store, but I’ve also been successful in finding these at Costco and local health food store like Sprouts or Trader Joe’s.
Step-by-Step Recipe Instructions
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Cooking potatoes is easy. To start, rinse the potatoes and then add them to your slow cooker. Next, add the olive oil, butter, garlic cloves, dried oregano, basil, dill, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to the slow cooker. Expert Tip: I like a lot of garlic so I use at least 5 cloves, but add more if you want a stronger garlic flavor.
Stir all the ingredients together with a large spoon so the ingredients are well combined. Set the slow cooker to low heat and cook for 4 hours. When done, remove them from the slow cooker and place them in a mixing bowl. Add ½ cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese and stir so the cheese slowly melts while the potatoes are still hot.
Many people prefer to top this side dish with fresh chopped parsley, but I like topping these with chopped green onions. The flavor of the green onions mixes well with the garlic and dill seasoning.
And there you have it! You now have a small potatoes recipe full of flavor and zest!
Main Course Pairing
This small potatoes recipe goes so well with so many main course dishes. For example, my husband loves when I serve these with my 10 Garlic Clove Marinated Grilled Steak. Personally, I like them with chicken and my favorite recipes to eat these are my Lemon Garlic Chicken With White Cream Sauce as well as my Lemon Thyme Chicken with Garlic Rosemary
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Regardless what dish you serve these with, I can pretty much guarantee you’re going to love them!
Expert Tips and FAQs
- Check the potatoes 4 hours into the slow cooking process. The goals is for a fork to be able to slide smoothly into the potato. Make sure you don’t overcook these because they will start to dry out.
- While the potatoes are slow cooking, stir occasionally so the garlic herb mixture doesn’t stick or burn to the bottom.
- When moving the cooked potatoes from the slow cooker to the bowl, ensure you include all the flavorful juices from the slow cooker. That’s where a lot of the flavor lives.
- If you are going to double the recipe, you have to double the cooking time.
- A lot of people ask me what size slow cooker they need for this recipe. I have 2 crock pots; I have a 3 quart and a 5 quart crock pot. As long at the 1.5 pound potatoes fit in your crockpot, your crockpot size should not matter. This is the crockpot I own.
More Red Potato Recipes
If you love all things potatoes, then I think you should check out my Homemade Mashed Potatoes. These are made with red potatoes and have that same velvety texture like this recipe does. If you own a smoker, try making my Garlic and Herb Smoked Potatoes. My Easy Oven Roasted Potatoes are also a family favorite and work well with so many main dishes!
I can’t wait to hear how these turned out, so leave a comment below letting me know! When you make this, use the hashtag #recipesworthrepeating on INSTAGRAM so I can see how your dish looks!
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Update Notes: This post was originally published in October of 2016, but was re-published with updated step-by-step instructions, pictures and tips in September of 2020.
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