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7 Ways to Potato: Baked Potatoes

dinnerAmber Gohn
7 Ways to Potato: Baked Potatoes

No joke, in 7 Days to Die, this is a comparison between Potato and Baked Potato:

 Potato

Potato

 Baked Potato

Baked Potato

They just turned up the contrast and darkened the image. This is not a drill.

Actual Baked Potatoes

As much as I want to enter the fighting ring about how a baked potato is only +4 fullness out of 100 (have you ever eaten an entire baked potato before?!) I will restrain myself, and instead focus on how turning something as modest as a potato into a delicious FILLING snack is super easy.

Ingredients

  • Uhhhh potatoes. Preferably Russets, but all potatoes will potate.
  • 1 teaspoon of oil per potato. Olive oil is tastiest.
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF
  2. Using a fork, CAREFULLY stab the outside of a washed potato (not yourself) to create holes in the skin. You don't need to make very deep holes, about 1/2 inch will do to release steam from the potato depths. Do this all around the outside of the potato, making holes about an inch apart.
  3. With your hands, cover the outside of the potato in oil. Nobody said this would be tidy work.
  4. Grab a pinch of salt and a shake of pepper and generously coat the outside of your potato, working the oil, salt, and pepper into some of the newly created holes.
  5. Foil Method: Wrap your potato in aluminium foil and place it directly onto the oven rack. A foil-wrapped potato will make the skin slightly softer, which is good if you like to mash up your baked potato before consuming
  6. No Foil Method: Sit your potato directly onto the oven rack, no baking sheets! An unwrapped potato will get crispy skin, which is good for making dishes like potato skins, or for those who just like some variation in their potato texture
  7. Cook for 45 to 60 minutes, but be careful not to overcook, as this will draw out too much moisture and make your potato dry.