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Microwave Potatoes: 3 Ways to Make Them Delicious


Thinking about cooking microwave potatoes? You have come to the right place. The microwave is a very useful tool in almost every kitchen. I personally couldn't conceive my life without one. The best thing about them is that they allow anyone to have a meal that would take an hour or more to prepare in just a few minutes (that's a truly time saver). In fact using a microwave is useful when you don't have much time to pay attention to the stove. For example, making microwave baked potatoes takes some minutes and if you plan to use a conventional oven for the same recipe it takes over an hour.


Reheating food is also a simple task with the microwave; without it you will have to do it the old fashioned way by using the stove, which takes a good while. Now I will show you a few quick microwave potatoes recipes that will lighten up your day.


Quick Baked Potatoes in the Microwave

You can learn to "bake" potatoes really fast using the microwave. Obviously, a potato baked using the regular or conventional oven has a lot more potential to be awesome, but cooking it using a microwave tastes good too, and it will save a lot of time.

Below you can see a Russet potato cooked in the microwave:

You can add crumbled turkey bacon and chopped sweet pepper as well.

Russet potato cooked in the microwave

Serving: 1

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 to 12 minutes


Ingredients:

  • 1 large size potato (like the Russet variety)
  • extra virgin olive oil (to taste)
  • salt (to taste)
  • butter (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Rinse the potato (or potatoes) with water and gently scrub it with a vegetable brush. Rinse again thoroughly.

  2. Take a sharp knife or a fork (be very careful) and pierce the potato five or seven times on each side.

  3. If desired, rub the potato with olive oil. I personally love doing this (the olive oil over it makes a huge difference). Add some sea salt (to taste) for extra flavor.

  4. Wrap around the potato with a wet towel paper. Place it over a microwave safe dish and into the microwave. Cook for about 5 or 6 minutes using the microwave. Then turn the potato around with a fork, cook for about 5 or 6 more minutes.

  5. To verify that is ready to eat - pierce the potato with a knife or fork and it should be soft and tender. If you can’t pierce the skin, microwave it for 1 more minute until is ready. Be careful to not overcook.

  6. Take it out of the oven. Carefully cut it open from top to bottom and add butter to it. You now have a succulent potato to enjoy.



If you want to microwave potatoes before frying:

Uncooked potato

Serving Size: 2

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes


Ingredients:

  • 4 medium size potatoes (preferably Russets)

Directions:

  1. Wash your potatoes thoroughly.

  2. Peel them and cut the potatoes as home fries.

  3. Place them in a microwave safe dish and cover with a ventilated plastic wrap.

  4. Cook in the microwave for about 5 minutes. Stir them and cook for another 5 minutes. Don't forget to cover them again.

  5. Get them out, drain and be ready to fry.

  6. At this point you can fry them in the conventional way.

  7. After they are dried in a plate add your favorite ingredients; like, sea salt, ground black pepper, etc.




If You Want Them Mashed:


Servings: 4

Preparation time: 8 minutes

Cooking time: 9 minutes


Ingredients:

  • 4 medium size potatoes (russets are the way to go)
  • salt (to taste)
  • milk (to taste)
  • butter (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Wash the potatoes.

  2. Peel the potatoes (I’m not a fan of the skin, but you can leave it if you want to).

  3. Get a microwave safe container and then place your potatoes in there.

  4. Cover the container and put it in the microwave.

  5. Microwave the potatoes for about 9 minutes.

  6. Take them out from the microwave (careful they are hot!).

  7. Place them in a bowl and mash them with a potato masher until they have a smooth texture.

  8. You can also use a potato ricer after using the masher to make them more fluffy (love it that way).

  9. Add salt, milk and butter to your liking and mash them some more to mix it well.

  10. Serve and get ready to enjoy your microwave mashed potatoes.



Microwave potatoes are an excellent choice for a quick lunch if you do not want to resort to unhealthy snacks. If you have a busy schedule and need to make a quick meal then the microwave is the way to go.

When using the microwave you should follow some basic safety guidelines as the ones listed below:

  • Use a container that is labeled as safe for the microwave oven.

  • You will need a container (appropriate for the amount of potatoes you will be using).

  • You can optionally peel them and cut them in pieces.

  • When you place the potatoes in your microwave safe container, you may need to add some water.

Microwave for cooking


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