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How To Make a Baked Potato

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How To Make a Baked Potato – crunchy, crisp skin with a light and fluffy interior – add plenty of butter for the perfect jacket potato!

Have you ever been served a jacket potato from the microwave?

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Nothing more disappointing than when you order one for lunch, and it arrives at your table all pale and wrinkled, with a shiny, almost plastic interior. Blurgh.

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The second worst crime against jacket potatoes is when it’s made perfectly, then wrapped in foil and left to keep warm. Sure, it’s a tastier than the microwave version, but yet again, we’re missing that all-important crunch.

Wrapping in foil and leaving in the oven might be a good compromise when you’re serving lots of people over the course of a few hours, but you simply can’t beat a proper baked potato, served straight from the oven with lot of butter and sprinkling of salt and pepper.

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You don’t even need to serve anything with it when it tastes that good! Although I am partial to some crispy bacon and shredded cheese…..

This is the best way I’ve found to make the perfect crispy jacket spud. I’ve included two methods – one using the oven only, the other using both the microwave and oven – which speeds things up when you’re in a hurry, but still ensures that magical crunch.

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How To Make a Baked Potato

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Prep Time: 2mn
Cook Time: 1hr
Total Time: 1hr 2mn

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 large baking potatoes (starchy potatoes such as russet are best)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
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TO SERVE INGREDIENTS

  • Salted butter
  • Freshly ground salt & pepper
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OVEN DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Make sure your potatoes are dry, then prick them several times with a fork and brush on the olive oil.
  3. Sprinkle on the salt and place them directly on the oven rack. Cook for 60-70 minutes until the outside is crispy and the inside is soft when you stick a fork in.
  4. Slice the potatoes open and add a teaspoon or two of salted butter. Fluff the insides with a fork, so the butter mixes in, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add a little more butter if you like before serving.
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MICROWAVE AND OVEN DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Prick the potatoes several times with a fork, then microwave on high for 5 minutes per potato (8-10 minutes for two at the same time) until softened.
  3. Brush with oil, sprinkle with salt and finish in oven for 20 minutes.
  4. Slice the potatoes open and add a teaspoon or two of salted butter. Fluff the insides with a fork, so the butter mixes in, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add a little more butter if you like before serving.
Servings: 2
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