Monday, January 11, 2010

How to Bake a Potato

Surprisingly enough, there are a lot of people out there who can not bake a potato!  How does one go through life not being able to create the flaky, carb packed deliciousness that is a baked potato?  Here are the basic steps to bake a potato, that you can top with pretty much anything and enjoy! :) (Images courtesy of Google)

Step 1: Scrub the potato
There is a ton of dirt and junk that comes on a potato (it does grow in dirt) so make sure and scrub it with a veggie brush, hard sponge or good strong elbow grease.
Step 2: Poke the potato
Flip the potato over several times, poking it with the tines of a fork.
Step 3A: Coat the potato
Coat the potato lightly on all sides and sprinkle with salt.
Step 3B: Wrap in foil (instead of coating the potato)

Wrap the potato in foil, completely covering it, without coating it in oil.
Step 4: Bake the potato
Place potatoes directly on rack, either in foil or coated in oil.  Bake it the oven on 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes, depending on size of potato.  Potatoes should be brown and crispy (if oil coated) and soft and squishy on the inside.

Step 5: Enjoy the potato!!

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