Baked potato is surely every man and woman’s best friend, and for good reason. This low carb starch can be prepared many different ways and even has more potassium than a banana. Read on if you want to learn how to make a baked potato.
Learn How to Make Baked Potatoes
Trying to achieve a perfectly baked potato is an art in itself. But there are few simple tricks you can do to make sure that yours turn out perfect.
Use the right kind of potato.
- Starchy potatoes and russet potatoes are known to be great for baking. If you’re not sure what kind you’re getting, most supermarkets label their potatoes as either “baking” or “frying” potatoes. Choose the baking type for this recipe.
- Choose potatoes of similar sizes. Getting potatoes of the same size will help ensure that they will all be cooked and ready at the same time. And, when they’re all ready at the same time, you’re less likely to feel the need to wrap your finished potatoes in foil. As mentioned earlier, wrapping your baked potatoes in foil turns the skin into a soggy mess.
How do I serve baked potatoes?
I’m a very simple girl, and love them swimming in a sea of butter and finished with a sprinkle of salt. Of course, you can always add some sour cream and top it with chopped chives. Melted cheese (a lot of it) and bacon bits (also a lot of it) is another favorite, especially with kids.
Hungry yet? Let’s start making some baked potatoes!
- Small to medium (starchy type) potatoes
- Olive oil, butter or ghee
How to Make Baked Potatoes
STEP 1: Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Rinse the potatoes while waiting for the oven to be the right temperature. If you have a brush, scrubbing them under running water, to help remove any residual dirt, can be very helpful.
STEP 2: Pierce the skin of the potato several times with a knife. Brush the potatoes with olive oil, butter or melted ghee, and sprinkle with salt.
STEP 3: Place on a rack in the oven, and bake until the potatoes are soft when you press on the center. This usually takes around an hour. It’s also a good idea to place a baking pan underneath them to catch any drips of oil.
STEP 4: Once the potatoes are done, use a knife and split down the middle, then add a little butter or cheese if you like. Leave in the oven for a few minutes so the heat can melt the butter and cheese. Feel free to experiment as much as you want. you can add bacon bits, avocado, cream cheese, whatever you like.
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