A Hymn to Baked Potatoes

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A Hymn to Baked Potatoes

What higher on a chilly winter’s evening, than to come back residence to a supper of crisp-skinned baked potato, piping sizzling, a knob of butter soaking into the fluffy heart. Excellent for days whenever you get residence in good time however have 1,000,000 issues to do and cooking supper is final on the listing. All it’s important to do is get the oven sizzling (200C), fling them in, (with a cross scored on the highest, in order that they don’t burst and coat your oven with an irremovable patina of flaked potato) and go away them there for not less than an hour, higher an hour and a half. You may get on with every little thing else, safe within the data that supper is cooking with out you after which put collectively just a few fillings on the final minute.

Certainly one of my favorite toppings is tuna. Simply open the tin, drain, season with salt and pepper and a few lemon juice (be happy so as to add mayonnaise in the event you prefer it however we don’t). Different hassle-free accompaniments are baked beans, grated cheese, left-over juices from final evening’s stew. Any of those makes a tasty, nutritious meal with no fuss and better of all, one that the majority children will eat…an infinite plus level for moms in all places.

A microwave hastens the method however leaves you with skinny skinned potatoes which may do as an accompaniment to one thing else however lose the crisp enchantment of the true oven baked article. In case you are in a rush, cook dinner pasta as a substitute and save your jacket or baked potatoes for a day whenever you bear in mind to modify the oven on in time.

A variation to strive with smaller potatoes: after washing, drying and scoring the potatoes, rub the skins with somewhat butter, then season with salt and pepper earlier than baking to present you further crispy, tasty skins that everybody will eat.

One other factor to strive if you wish to get fancy: as soon as the potatoes are cooked, halve them, scoop out the insides, combine with a crushed egg, grated cheese, salt and pepper, heap the combination again into the skins and return to the oven for an additional 15 minutes till the tops are golden brown. A meal in itself!

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