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Basic Baked Potato
A baked potato is one of the essential basics that goes with just about any meal. Best yet? It’s super simple and with a microwave at your disposal, is yours in as little as 5 minutes!
A baking potato. Preferably a good sized Russet.
Potential Seasonings: Salt, Pepper, Season Salt, Rosemary, Basil
Potential Enhancers: Sour Cream, Chili, Chopped Onions, Cheese, etc.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Alternatively, a microwave works but will results in slightly less ideal potatoes. To some, the difference will be inconsiderable.
Rinse the potato to remove any dirt. Cut off any sprouts (these can be toxic). Stab a few holes into the potato using a fork to allow steam to escape.
If a softer skin is desired, either wrap the potato in aluminum foil (only if baking, DO NOT microwave shiny objects) or rub vegetable oil on its skin. Additionally, salting the skin of the potato before baking can make the skin more enjoyable.
Bake the potato for approximately 1 hour until tender. Check after 45 minutes to be safe. If using a microwave, use your microwave's 'Potato' setting if it has one or cook it on high for about 5 - 8 minutes, depending on the size of your potato, until tender.
Remove the potato from the oven/microwave carefully as it will be hot. Cut open with a knife and add your toppings while it is still hot. Enjoy!