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Old 07-26-2012, 09:35 PM   #1
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Mom bought a giant sack of potatoes at the store and told me she wanted baked potatoes for dinner. I'm really excited about this; I haven't had a baked potato in way too long!

I've never baked a potato by myself before though! It's always looked simple enough, but tonight was the first time I realized I'd never actually made one myself!

What are some of your preferred "methods"? Also toppings! There are at least 10 spuds in that sack, and butter, cheese and bacon bits will get old fast!

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Old 07-26-2012, 09:47 PM   #2
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Mom bought a giant sack of potatoes at the store and told me she wanted baked potatoes for dinner. I'm really excited about this; I haven't had a baked potato in way too long!

I've never baked a potato by myself before though! It's always looked simple enough, but tonight was the first time I realized I'd never actually made one myself!

What are some of your preferred "methods"? Also toppings! There are at least 10 spuds in that sack, and butter, cheese and bacon bits will get old fast!
Hello WildOrchid,
baked potatoes are yummy, I scrub mine then poke several holes in the skin, and rub the tater with evoo and sprinkle with salt. I then put it on a baking rack and bake at 350 a good 45 min to an hour. Then I cut in half and add butter, finely sliced green onions, cheese to taste,salt,fresh cracked pepper, parsley and any other herbs I like as some fresh tarragon ,cilantro, just to give you an idea. I'd look up an cheese site or ask for ideas here, gorgonzola,brie, there are so many cheeses, prosciutto chips,pancetta, instead of our bacon just ideas.
again welcome
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:27 PM   #3
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Since I did the exercise last month cooking whole potatoes by different methods, I now steam them. Uses far less energy than the oven, and it produced the least change in potato weight. Took five minutes longer than in the 400F oven, 40 versus 35 minutes to 190F internal.

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Old 07-26-2012, 11:28 PM   #4
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There is no reason to over-think a baked potato recipe.

Get some russet potatoes. Wash them a bit. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and put them in. I set mine right on the oven rack.

Let them bake for about 45 minutes to an hour. They're done when you can grab them with a towel (to protect your hands from the heat) and squeeze. If they give they're done.

Serve them with butter, or with sour cream and chopped chives (or chopped green onions), or both.

When you have mastered this basic recipe, Google twice baked potato recipes.
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:32 PM   #5
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I nuke 'em. Stab them a few times with a fork. About 10 minutes or so in the microwave,( flip after 5, then another 5,) squeeze to make sure they're done.

Add your butter, cheese, sour cream, bacon bits, chives, etc.
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Chicken and Swiss on a baked potato is good too. I got the idea from a place in the mall called Steak and Bake.
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:36 PM   #7
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Microwaving a baking potato results in a more moist potato with no crispy skin than baking in the oven. That's not a bad thing, jsut a different option.

I have found you have to bake a potato in the oven if you want to make a twice baked potato. You need the firmer dry skin to hold the potato together.
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:40 PM   #8
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I nuke 'em. Stab them a few times with a fork. About 10 minutes or so in the microwave, squeeze to make sure they're done.

Add your butter, cheese, sour cream, bacon bits, chives, etc.
That works too! (I might poke them with a fork a couple times to let the steam vent and prevent exploding, although that may be an old wives tale since I've never seen a potato explode in the nuker.)

The only difference IMO is that slow baked potatoes retain a more flaky, dry texture, and the baked potato skin comes out more crispy. It seems to me that most people want the inside and don't care about the skin so this may not be important. (Actually I like the skin better than I like the insides.)

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Chicken and Swiss on a baked potato is good too. I got the idea from a place in the mall called Steak and Bake.
Any kind of cheese on a potato is magnificent!

I don't know WTH why potatoes and cheese go together so well, and add chives or chopped green onions and they're even better..
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Egg White Brushed, Sea Salt crusted, and baked.

Toppings: ANYTHING. Seriously, Chilli, hot dogs, gravy, bulgogi, fried chicken, fried shrimp, lump crab, sweet sour pork, BACON. BACON BACON AND MORE BACON. Bacon guacamole, diced tomato, cilantro, and sour cream=yum! Any creamy melty cheese from brie to blue, cheddar, Gouda, provolone, smoked mozz, fontina, Stilton, Chevre(herbed or plain)Boursin, enve jalapeno cream cheese, really ANY cheese. . .Vegetables: Brocolli, fajita style veggies(peppers, onions), braised cabbage, roasted Brussels sprouts, Ginger curry carrots.. .really, the options are endless. The sky is the limit.

A baked potato is just about as good a palate one could wish for.
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:44 PM   #10
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I've experimented with baking potatoes on a bed of sea salt, and it wasn't exactly earth shattering but the results were interesting, and the skins came out really good!

Plus, mostly you can just reuse the salt again, or use it in other recipes.

TR's post contains a lot of excellent ideas posted in a very compact form. You could spend a month or two exploring the recipe ideas in just that one post. :)
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