Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Basics: Baked Potatoes

After hearing a neighbor confess that she didn't even know how to make a baked potato, I decide that I would start including some "basic" How-To recipes on this blog for those who might be beginners in the kitchen.  First up:
Baked Potatoes
Start by washing your potatoes, usually one per person is a good rule to follow.
 Tear off about a 6 inch piece of tin-foil.  Place the potato near one of the bottom corners.
 Fold the corner over the potato and continue rolling until you run out of foil.
 Fold over the sides.  These do not need to look pretty.  Basically you are just trying to completely cover the potato so it will stay moist while you bake it.
Now place the wrapped potatoes into a 375 degree oven.  Let them bake for 45 minutes - 1 hour.  You'll know they're done when you they become soft and easy to squish.  Once they all reach this point, remove them.  Let them cool slightly before removing the foil.
Cut a long horizontal slit into the potato followed by a short vertical. 
 Now using your fingers and thumb, squeeze the potato open.
Top your baked potato with any of the following:  butter, sour cream, salt and pepper, chives, chili, broccoli, cheese, diced ham.  The one above just has your basic butter, sour cream and salt and pepper.
 You can also make baked potatoes in the microwave.  To do this,
Wash you potatoes well
Poke holes all over each potato
This allows a place for the steam to exit.  If you don't your potato will explode when you microwave it.
Place the potatoes on a microwave-safe plate and
Microwave 5 minutes for a medium size potato 8 minutes for a large
Because each microwave cooks differently, you may need to cook these longer.
If you want to cook multiply potatoes together, you will need to increase the cooking by about two-thirds

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