Slow Cooker Cheesy Potatoes with Caramelized Onion and Bacon are perfect for holiday dinners or anytime you need to serve a crowd!
Is any family holiday dinner complete without Slow Cooker Cheesy Potatoes? I think not!! And making them in the slow cooker is a great idea so that you don’t have to take up any oven space! I changed these up a bit to add some bacon and caramelized onion. You don’t mind, do you? Along with extra cheesy goodness? Because these don’t have any canned cream chicken soup… just a super simple made from scratch cheese sauce for lots of extra cheesy bites! Also, some cubed hash brown potatoes to keep it simple.
A few other ideas for how to serve them:
- with a delicious roast turkey
- with juicy hamburgers
- with tasty meatballs
Most of all, the great thing about making your own cheese sauce is that you get to use whatever kind of cheese you love! For us it’s sharp cheddar but you can use so many different things! You just want to make sure it’s a cheese that melts well. You could even mix up a new and amazing cheese blend! If you haven’t tried this yet, you will be impressed at how simple it is to make, and you may never go back to cream soups again.Chop up some bacon and add it to a nice and hot skillet. Let it start to brown up and then toss in your sliced up onions. Let everything cook until the bacon is nice and crispy and the onions are nice and brown. Then use that skillet to make the cheese sauce by adding the flour, broth and cream. Season and stir in the cheese and your done! Now this doesn’t include any sour cream, but if you are creative, you could customize the cream sauce and add some!
Use a bag of cubed hash brown potatoes to save yourself the work of peeling and chopping. Get these going in your slow cooker and have lots of time to focus on the main dish. Or make a main dish in the slow cooker too and have lots of time to focus on your guests!!
- 1 32 oz bag diced hash brown potatoes
- 2 slices bacon
- 1/2 onion sliced thin
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 cup cream
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon thyme
- pinch pepper
- 3 cups shredded cheese I used sharp cheddar
- 3 tablespoons butter
Spray crock well with nonstick spray
Add bag of potatoes
Heat a skillet over medium high heat
Dice bacon into small pieces and add to pan
Let cook until it just starts to brown and adds some fat to the pan
Thinly slice onions and add to pan
Cook, stirring occasionally until bacon is crisp and onions are light brown
Sprinkle in flour and stir to coat evenly over bacon and onions
Slowly stir in broth and bring to a low boil for about 4-5 minutes until it starts to reduce and thicken
Add in cream and seasonings and let simmer for about 2-3 additional minutes
Remove from heat and stir in 2 cups of the shredded cheese
When well mixed carefully pour the cheese mixture over the potatoes and toss to coat evenly
Chop up butter into several pieces and place on top
Top with cheese and cover and cook for 3-4 hours on high or 5-7 hours on low
It may seem like there is not enough cheese sauce but as it cooks into the potatoes it will be plenty!
I cooked this in my 5 quart slow cooker on high for 3 1/2 hours