Potato is the most versatile food around; it can be made in so many amazing ways. The best part about making potatoes is that you don’t have to wonder ‘how to bake a potato’ or stay in the kitchen for hours and hours; it only takes a short time to come up with a delicious meal using potatoes. Although there are different preparation methods and they all end up tasty, there’s just something about baked potatoes that we can’t get over.
The fluffiness, creaminess, and crunchiness make it worth all the cooking stress. However, there are diverse ways you can go wrong when making baked potatoes, and sometimes, you’re just not getting the best out of your baked potatoes. What if I showed you how to bake a potato that could change your taste? I will be sharing a recipe that will change your outlook about baked potatoes and warm your heart with its deliciousness.
Recipe for the Perfect Baked Potato
Whether it is a family dinner or just a cold Friday night when you want to enjoy good food and relax, we’ll be sharing how to bake a potato to perfection. Caught your interest? Good, let’s dive right in.
- Potatoes: Go for russet potatoes; they have lower water content than other potato varieties and thinker skin for a crispy external surface.
- Kosher salt
- Vegetable oil
- First, move the rack to the oven’s center and preheat the oven to 450°F
- Scrub your potatoes’ external surface to remove dirt and rinse it under cold water. Dry the potato and then pierce it about eight times with a paring knife. This will ensure steam escapes from the potato while baking.
- Dissolve a bit of salt in a half cup of warm water. Pour it in a bowl and place the potato inside; rub the potato’s external surface until it is smoothly coated and then transfer into the wire rack placed in the baking sheet.
- Put the potato in the oven and bake for 50 – 55 minutes or until the potato is at 205°F
- Take out the potato and brush it up with vegetable oil; place it back in the oven and let it bake for ten more minutes.
- Take out the potato again from the oven; slice the potato with a paring knife but ensure you don’t slice it all the way through.
- Pick up the potato with a clean kitchen towel and squeeze gently so that the potato’s flesh can be pushed upward.
- Sprinkle your potato with pepper and salt and then garnish it up with any toppings you prefer; your perfectly baked potato is ready for savoring.