Cook and chop bacon. Peel and thinly slice the potatoes.
Warm the cream cheese in the microwave for 30 seconds (in a small glass bowl). Softening it will help it blend into the other ingredients.
In a large mixing bowl, add cream cheese, cream of chicken soup, melted butter, ranch seasoning, minced garlic, and pepper. Whisk well to combine
Spray a light coating of non-stick cooking spray in the slow cooker. Arrange potato slices in the crock pot in a shingle pattern, slightly overlapping each potato. Top with ½ of the chopped bacon then, pour cream cheese mix over the potatoes and top with remaining bacon.
Cover and cook on high for 3.5 - 4 hours until tender. Keep the lid on until 3.5 hours to insure the potatoes cook and the heat doesn't escape.
Serve with a sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese on top if desired. Enjoy!
Can I use ham instead of bacon?
Yes, ham is very common in scalloped potatoes.
Use 1 cup of diced ham, this ham can be leftover ham.
Can I leave the skin on the potatoes?
Leaving the skin on in a recipe for slow cooker potatoes is up to the chef.
If you leave the skins on they do tend to fall off into the sauce and some do not like texture.
How long can I keep scalloped potatoes warm in a slow cooker?Two hours is the maximum you want to keep scalloped potatoes on the warm setting after cooking.Can I prepare these ahead of time?I prefer to prepare and cook these the day I need them. The potatoes will brown if made ahead before cooking.