The perfect baked potato has a delicious, crunchy skin and a soft and creamy filling. Begin the process of making baked potatoes by thoroughly washing the potato skins. This will remove any dust and dirt that could damage the texture. Next, cut the potatoes into small pieces. The larger the potato wedges used, the longer the cooking process. If you want extra crispy potatoes, boil them until they are soft on the outside but still firm on the inside. Finally, mix the potatoes with the spices and bake in the oven until crispy and golden brown.
Method 1 of 3: Preparing the Potatoes
Step 1. Choose a type of potato
All kinds of potatoes can be baked and processed into delicious food. However, each type of potato has a different texture and taste. As an example:
- Soft potatoes, such as red potatoes and fingerling potatoes, are not as crunchy as other types of potatoes.
- Starchy potatoes, like russet and sweet potatoes, are quite crunchy after baking.
- Versatile potatoes, such as Yukon Gold and purple potatoes, will be crispy on the outside, but soft on the inside.
Step 2. Wash the potatoes
Place the potatoes under running water, then scrub with a special brush to clean the vegetables. This will remove any dirt or soil stuck to the potato skins.
- Do not wash vegetables with soap.
- If you don't have a vegetable brush, rub the potato skins vigorously with your hands while rinsing them.
Step 3. Decide if you want to peel the potato skinsIf the potatoes you are using are thick and tough, you may need to peel them for a more delicious taste. However, some people like the texture of baked potato skins so they don't peel them.
- Alternatively, you can peel the potato skins and then roast them separately for a crunchy and savory snack.
- Use a vegetable peeler to remove the potato skins easily.
Step 4. Cut the potatoes you want to cook
The bigger the potato wedges, the longer it will take to cook. If you want to cook an instant snack, cut the potatoes into small pieces. If you want to make a side dish, cut it into large pieces.
- If you are using small potatoes (baby potatoes) with thin skin, there is no need to cut them.
- Large, thick-skinned potatoes can be cut into halves, quarters, or diced.
- Bake diced potatoes for a crunchy and savory meal.
Method 2 of 3: Boiling Large Potato Slices
Step 1. Decide if you want to boil the potatoes first
Some people think that boiling the potatoes first is so inconvenient that they bake them right away. In fact, boiled potatoes cook faster when baked. In addition, the potato skin will feel more crispy and the inside will be softer.
- When the vegetables are lightly boiled, they will soften in texture, but not be fully cooked.
- If your potatoes are smaller than 2.25 x 2.25 cm, do not boil them. The potato will be too ripe.
Step 2. Put the potatoes and brine in a saucepan
Choose a large, deep pan. Place the potato wedges in the pot. Fill a pot with cold water until the potatoes are completely submerged. After that, add a pinch of salt and mix well.
If the water is not salted, the potatoes will taste bland
Step 3. Boil the potatoes first
Place the pot on the stove over medium heat. Let the water boil and cook the potatoes until the outside is soft. The surface of the potato will peel off easily, but will still feel solid when pierced with a fork.
- Large potatoes should be boiled for 10 minutes.
- Small potatoes only need to be boiled for 5 minutes.
Step 4. Drain the potatoes
Place a metal or plastic filter in the sink. Pour the potatoes and water into a sieve to drain the potatoes. Allow the potatoes to cool before seasoning and baking.
Once the potatoes have cooled, cut the tops off with a fork. This will crunch the edges of the cooked potatoes
Method 3 of 3: Baking Potatoes
Step 1. Preheat the oven
Set the oven to 190 °C. Preheat the oven for 10 minutes while preparing the potatoes.
Some ovens will make a beep when they are finished heating. This may take more than 10 minutes, depending on your oven model
Step 2. Season the potatoes
Place the potatoes in a large bowl. Pour in the oil of your choice and sprinkle with seasonings to taste. Use a large spoon to pour the seasoning over the potatoes until smooth. There are a variety of delicious spices that go well with baked potatoes. As an example:
- Mix the rosemary herb seasoning by mixing 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon salt, teaspoon black pepper, and teaspoon crushed dried rosemary.
- Season the potatoes with 4 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoons of salt, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, 2 tablespoons of crushed garlic, and 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley.
- Combine 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, teaspoon salt, teaspoon garlic powder, teaspoon paprika, and teaspoon black pepper to make a cheese and onion flavoring.
Step 3. Place the potatoes on the baking sheet
Spread the potatoes out on the baking sheet and make sure they don't overlap so that they are crispy. Line a baking sheet with cooking paper or aluminum foil for easier cleaning.
- For extra crispy baked potatoes, use a large metal baking sheet.
- If you don't have a large metal pan, use a heat-resistant glass casserole pan or a nonstick pan.
Step 4. Bake the potatoes
The cooking process usually takes between 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of the potatoes being cooked. Check the potatoes every 10 minutes to see if they are done. Signs of a ripe baked potato are:
- Crispy and golden brown outer layer
- Easy to pierce with a fork
- Potatoes smell like burnt butter
Step 5. Serve the baked potatoes
Remove the potatoes from the oven and let them cool until they cool. Transfer to a plate and serve as soon as possible. Baked potato is a side dish that goes well with a variety of menus. As an example:
- Serve baked potatoes with meat-based dishes.
- Serve baked potatoes with a variety of vegetables for a vegetarian-style meal.
- Cut the baked potato into cubes, then use it as a salad mix.