Baked Potatoes

You can usually avoid this by stabbing the potato viciously with a thin blade before cooking (Photo by Robert S. Donovan)

Lifehacker prompted this post, they linked to a page of Kitchen Myths. Most of the list was pretty boring, stuff I either knew (that microwaving does not cause food to become radioactive 😉 or was not really interested in (like whether “real chili” could contain beans) there was one I’d qualify. The author says:

The microwave oven certainly has many legitimate uses, but baking potatoes (or anything else) is not one of them. Sure, you can cook a whole potato in the microwave, but what you get is a steamed potato. The crispy skin and fluffy interior of the genuine baked potato require a long cooking in dry heat.

This is true, but misses the point. What you do is almost cook the potatoes in the microwave, then oil and salt the skins and finish them off in the oven. A saving in fuel as the oven is on much less long and time.

Baked potatoes taste great, loved by most children and are a great opportunity for creative stretching. Think baked potato with olive oil or peanut oil and a little tomato and bacon, for example.

But what suggestions do you have for fully vegan fillings?

2 thoughts on “Baked Potatoes”

  1. I saw that list as well. The percentages of alcohol retention surprised me a bit. I thought the baked potato in microwave bit was interesting too. Still not sure I agree completely, although I suppose it makes sense.

  2. You can do whole, skin on, potatoes in the microwave, they are OK, but lack the crisp crunchy skin that makes a baked potato special, so the trick is to finish them in the oven (no foil, just a short time) to crisp them up 🙂

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