What much better on a chilly winter’s night, than to find home to a dinner of crisp-skinned baked potato, piping warm, a handle of butter saturating right into the cosy centre. Perfect for days when you get home in good time however have a million things to do and also cooking supper is last on the listing. All you have to do is get the stove hot (200C), fling them in, (with a cross racked up on the top, so they don’t break and also coat your oven with an irremovable aging of flaked potato) and also leave them there for a minimum of an hour, much better an hour and also a fifty percent. You can get on with every little thing else, protected in the expertise that dinner is cooking without you and afterwards created a few dental fillings at the last minute.
One of my favourite toppings is tuna. Just open up the tin, drain, season with salt and pepper as well as some lemon juice (feel free to add mayonnaise if you like it however we don’t). Other hassle-free enhancements are baked beans, grated cheese, left-over juices from last evening’s stew. Any of these makes a yummy, nourishing dish without fuss and also best of all, one that most kids will certainly consume … a massive plus factor for mommies anywhere.
A microwave accelerates the procedure but leaves you with thin skinned potatoes that might do as an enhancement to another thing however shed the crisp allure of truth stove baked write-up. If you are in a rush, cook pasta instead and save your jacket or baked potatoes for a day when you bear in mind to switch over the oven on in time.
A variation to try with smaller sized potatoes: after cleaning, drying out and also racking up the potatoes, massage the skins with a little butter, after that period with salt and pepper before cooking to give you added crunchy, yummy skins that every person will eat.
One more thing to attempt if you want to get elegant: when the potatoes are prepared, halve them, scoop out the insides, blend with a beaten egg, grated cheese, salt and pepper, stack the mixture back right into the skins and also return to the oven for another 15 minutes up until the tops are gold brown. A dish by itself!
Affordable, filling, nourishing with the right toppings and also requiring the minimal investment of work, the baked potato is every hectic mom’s excellent supper!
Copyright 2006 Kit Heathcock