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Potatoes are the world's fourth largest food crop and, not surprisingly, baked potatoes are a very popular dish. This tuber has long been such an essential crop, in fact, that a potato blight in the 1840s caused widespread famine. People have figured out how to bake a potato in almost any circumstance. Recipes and cooking methods have evolved and expanded ever since the first potatoes were grown by Inca tribes in Peru. This food is not just relegated to the side of the plate, beside the main course, either. Baked potatoes usually have crispy skin and soft, fluffy insides, and they pair perfectly with a variety of toppings.

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1. Slow Cooker Potatoes

Slow cooker potatoes are delicious, and the preparation for this method can be done hours before dinner, leaving you time to relax. Scrub the potatoes and poke six to eight holes evenly around each one. Cook the potatoes on the highest setting for 3 to 4 hours, or use the low setting to cook for 6 to 7 hours. You can wrap the potatoes in aluminum foil or leave them bare to absorb flavors if you're including meat and other vegetables.

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