How To Bake Potatoes

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how to bake potatoes Baked Potato

It's so easy to learn how to bake potatoes and so easy to make them. A baked potato has far more nutritional value than a boiled potato because its skin is left intact. If it's cooked properly then it's a tasty mouth-watering snack or meal which even children love.

You can fill your baked potatoes with a variety of fillings: really its only your imagination which limits you. Cheese, prawns, baked beans, chilli, tuna and coleslaw are a just a few fillings which come to mind.

Learn how to bake potatoes in the oven rather than the micro because that way they have such a nice crispy skin and soft inside. A potato baked in the micro has a soft skin as well as a soft inside. The micro is fine if you are in a rush, but take the effort of putting them into the oven if you have the time. It is possible to have the best of both worlds by cooking the potato in the microwave for about 5 minutes (depending on size) and then placing it in the oven for half an hour.

Here's how to bake potatoes in the oven:

1. Scrub the potato clean; do not peel
2. Take a fork and prick the potato in a few places
3. Put some olive oil or butter into a bowl and mix in a sprinkle of salt (this is optional)
4. Rub a thin layer of the olive oil or butter all over the potato
5. Wrap the potato in foil and place in an oven at 190c (gas 5) for about 50 minutes
6. Unwrap the foil and cook for a further 10-15 minutes
7. Baked potatoes can be re-heated successfully. Place in an oven of 220c (gas 7) for about 15 minutes
8. Check the potato is ready by spiking with a knife. If the knife slides into the centre of the potato easily, then its ready.
Now you know how to bake potatoes, you can try out some toppings.

Onion and Sausage Baked Potato Topping

1 serving
  • 1 small onion
  • diced garlic sausage
  • sweet corn relish
Fry the onion with olive oil until golden brown. Mix the onion with the sausage and sweet corn relish. Split the potato in half and pour the mixture between.

Ham and Cheese Baked Potato Topping

1 serving
  • 25 grated cheese
  • 50g chopped ham
  • 1 tablespoon milk
Scoop the flesh part of the potato out into a bowl. Mix with the cheese, ham and milk then season to taste. Scoop the mixture back into the potato skin.

Chilli Baked Potato Topping

Now you have mastered the art of how to bake a potato, try our easy Chilli Topping which is great for a cold night or a filling lunch.

4 servings
  • 453g minced beef
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 small tin of baked beans
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 beef stock cube mixed with a pint of water
  • 1 dessert spoon of chilli powder
Brown the mince in a pan and then drain off the excess fat.
Add the chopped onion and cook gently for about 10 minutes.
Now add the tomatoes, beans, stock and chilli powder.
Simmer on the stove for about one hour.
Take your baked potato and slice it from one end to the other so it opens up in half.
Place the cooked chilli inside the halved potato.
Serve with a sprinkle of cheese on the top.
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