Tuesday, March 10, 2009

You Can Cook: Baked Potatoes

So you think you can't cook? Still? Didn't you make hamburgers yesterday? Now you need something to go along with them! Try these easy directions for delicious potatoes that will compliment any meal.

Difficulty: *

Ingredients:
  • Idaho baking potatoes
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Method:
  1. Thoroughly rinse potatoes under cold water.
  2. Push a fork into the potato to the hilt 5-7 times at regular intervals across ONLY the top of the potato. This allows it to NOT blow up while cooking.
  3. Wrap in tin foil UNLESS following microwave directions below; if using microwave, simply place on a plate.
Cooking Options:
  • Bake at 350 for 60 minutes if using a regular oven.
  • Bake at 325 for 60 minutes if using a convection oven.
  • Bake at 100% power for 10 minutes if using a microwave; flip upside down at halfway mark.
How to know if it's done:
  • When a baked potato is thoroghly cooked, you'll be able to pierce a fork or a knife directly to the center from any side without any resistance; this tenderness is a sign that it is cooked to perfection.
Enjoy! Top with butter, sour cream, bacon crumbles, or chives for a yummy side dish anyone can cook!
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