Learn how to bake a potato and prepare tasty baked potato recipes in a variety of ways. Baking potatoes is is one of our favorite ways to cook potatoes. The crispy, nutritious skin of the baked potato is one reason we love to bake them.
It's easy to learn how to make a basic baked potato. You can then get as creative as you choose to be with variations.
There are several products on the market that assure wonderful crispy baked potato skins.
Yummy potato toppings that can make a baked baked a meal in itself is another reason to make them often.
The best potatoes for baking are russet potatoes though you can bake any potato you have on hand. You can buy large, single, baking potatoes in most stores and markets or you can purchase a bag of any size russets. Here's a thought....if you love crispy baked potato skins, you get more of that if you eat several small baked potatoes!
Here is how to bake a potato in a conventional oven:
**Note: wrapping a baking potato in aluminum foil will result in a "steamed potato" rather than the crispy-skinned baked potato that many of us prefer.
If you need to make baked potatoes fast, the microwave oven is the way to go. You won't have the crispy skins that you will get with oven baked potatoes, however you can have the fluffly, tender, baked potato taste of the potato itself. Here are the simple steps for how to bake a potato in the microwave.
Cut the baked potatoes in half lengthwise, mash the insides with a fork, top with a small amount of cheese and return to the microwave for about a minute to melt the cheese.
Fun With Potatoes - Mr. Potato Head
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