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How To Bake Potatoes in 8 Easy Steps
If you want to learn how to bake potatoes the easy way, you have come to the right place. Baked potatoes are simply delicious and knowing how to make them whenever you want can make your life easier. Baking a potato basically means putting a potato in an oven with the result being a potato with crispy skin and a scrumptious fluffy interior. There are a couple of things you should know that can make a difference in the taste of baked potatoes when preparing them for dinner or at any time.
They are a light meal so they are often used as a side dish or as the main food when they have other ingredients on top. Baking potatoes doesn’t require some secret hidden knowledge; anyone with basic cooking capabilities can do it. That said, it doesn’t mean that you just throw them in the oven and hope for the best.
There are a few steps you have to do right (like piercing them) if you truly want to experience their appetizing flavor.
How to Cook Baked Potatoes
The first step for creating this delectable dish is
your oven at 350°F. You can also choose 400°F or 325°F depending on how
much time you have. The higher temperature will make it faster and the
lower end will give you plenty of time to do other stuff. The table
below shows the amount of time needed depending on the set
Typical Baking Temperatures
Next, you have to choose which
potato you will be cooking. In order to get really good oven baked
potatoes you have to pick a medium size baking potato (you can get a
larger one if you want to but cooking times will vary). They are
labeled as such at the grocery store.
If you can't find any starchy variety
then you could use medium starch potatoes (all purpose);
for example white (long type) and Yukon Gold.
Rinse the potato with plenty of water (dirt doesn’t
Gently scrub it with a Vegetable Brush while being cautious with the
skin. Do not use hot water as it can make it soggy. Rinse again
Dry the potatoes with paper towel and take out any
5- Now is piercing time! This is a must to remember. The baked potato recipe can’t be done without it. This is a very important step, as I previously mentioned, if you overlook it you are not going to eat your potatoes as they will “kind off” blow up. The steam inside the potatoes has to get out somehow; this is when the fork comes in.
a fork to pierce each side of the potato six to eight times. Begin at
the top of the potato and slowly pierce until you get to the bottom
part. Do the same procedure for the other side.
Now, you can use a basting brush or your hands to spread some oil (it
can be olive oil or just the oil you have at hand) over it; then rub in
some salt. Make sure both sides of the potato are covered
evenly. You will not want one side of the potato to taste different
than the other.
Put the potato over a cookie sheet or baking pan and place it in the
oven. You can put the potato directly on the rack but I would
advise against it as it can get messy. Once inside the oven wait around 30 to 40 minutes
to turn it over to ensure all parts of the potato are cooked properly.
At this point you should have a good idea on how to bake potatoes. When
the time is up, use a fork to pierce different areas of the potato. If
is soft and tender you are done, if you cannot pierce it easily, then
you have to wait a few more minutes. Once ready, take it out of the
oven (don’t forget the oven mitts) and serve with your favorite topping.
One of my favorite topping combinations: Sour cream, ground beef and green onions, as you can see it is super yummy!
can have different topping options for a baked potato bar, which is a
good idea for a family reunion, wedding reception, birthday party, etc.
ideas for baked
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|Stuffed Potato||Basic Baked Mashed Potatoes|
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|Potato Knish||Indian Bread - Paratha (flat-bread)|
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