What much better on a cold wintertime’s evening, than to find house to a dinner of crisp-skinned baked potato, piping warm, a knob of butter soaking right into the fluffy centre. Perfect for days when you get home in good time but have a million points to do and cooking dinner is last on the checklist. All you need to do is obtain the stove warm (200C), fling them in, (with a cross racked up on the top, so they do not break and also coat your stove with an irremovable aging of flaked potato) as well as leave them there for at the very least a hr, much better a hr as well as a fifty percent. You can proceed with whatever else, safe in the knowledge that dinner is cooking without you and then created a few fillings at the last minute.
Among my much-loved garnishes is tuna. Just open the tin, drainpipe, season with salt and pepper and also some lemon juice (feel free to include mayo if you like it however we don’t). Various other convenient accompaniments are baked beans, grated cheese, left-over juices from last evening’s stew. Any one of these makes a tasty, nourishing dish without difficulty and most importantly, one that most kids will eat … a huge plus point for mothers anywhere.
A microwave quickens the process yet leaves you with slim skinned potatoes that may do as an enhancement to something else yet shed the crisp charm of the true stove baked post. If you are in a rush, chef pasta instead as well as save your coat or baked potatoes for a day when you remember to switch over the stove on in time.
A variant to try with smaller potatoes: after washing, drying out and also scoring the potatoes, massage the skins with a little butter, after that season with salt and pepper before baking to provide you added crunchy, tasty skins that every person will consume.
One more thing to attempt if you want to get expensive: once the potatoes are prepared, halve them, scoop out the insides, blend with a ruined egg, grated cheese, salt and pepper, lot the mix back right into the skins and also return to the stove for an additional 15 mins until the tops are golden brown. A meal by itself!
Low-cost, filling, nutritious with the appropriate garnishes as well as needing the minimum financial investment of labour, the baked potato is every busy mom’s perfect supper!
Copyright 2006 Kit Heathcock