Baked Potato Cravings and Looking For Help...

Baked Potatoes... - Baked Potatoes...
@twoey68 (13651)
United States
February 5, 2008 9:30am CST
Another MyLot member (you know who you are;) ) got me thinking about baked potatoes and I'd love to start making them but I've never figured out how to cook them. It seems if I cook them in the oven they take forever to cook and I'm worried if I cook them in the microwave that they will explode so what is your easiest, quickest way to cook them? I also would like to know your favorite toppings for them. The member I was talking about shared a chopped beef, sour cream, shredded cheese and BBQ sauce...sounds scrumptious. So, come on, share with me:) !!HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!! **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
5 Feb 08
The favourite part of a baked potato or jacket potato for me is the skin, I don't particularly like the middle bit, I know I'm crazy! But I scoop the insides out, and I put grated cheese inside followed by coleslaw and sweetcorn, totally delicious, the skin is the best part!! Now you've made me hungry LOL!
@mummymo (23707)
5 Feb 08
Trust a wolf to like the skin best! xxx
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
5 Feb 08
Well you know me sis, I loves me one skins, two skins, three skins ...... ;0)
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@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
7 Feb 08
I'm with you wolfie, I like the skins best too. Yummy!
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
5 Feb 08
You can cook them in the microwave, but make sure to poke holes in it first and then wrap it in a papertowel. I am not sure on the time,it really depends on your microwave. I love cheddar cheese and broccoli on my baked potatoes.
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@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
5 Feb 08
I love baked potatoes. For years I cooked them in the oven. Now I cook them in the microwave. They take less time and come out just as well. I take a fork and puncture the skin several places (I did this ovenwise too). This allows the steam to escape. It usually takes about twenty minutes in the microwave for two potatoes. To test the doneness I just take a dishtowel and us it to grasp the potato to see if it is still hard or is softer. Once it is nice and soft it is done. Every time we go to a resturant and have a baked potato I have everything on it. I can almost make meal of one large potato! Yum.
@addysmum (1225)
• Canada
5 Feb 08
Wash the potatoes, poke them with a fork so to let the sir out as it heats up, microwave into soft (about 10 minutes in my microwave to do 3 at a time), place in oven at what ever temp you are cooking the rest of the meal or around 400 if doing alone until skin is crispy. Do not over cook or the whole potato will crisp up. Double baked:microwave until soft, cool, cut off top scoop out fill leaving 1/4" to support skin, mash with sour cream, cheese and what ever else you want, refill skin, top with cheese, bake until hot skin is crisp and cheese is melted (half hour is how long I do them for).
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• United States
5 Feb 08
I scrub mine with a brush poke a bunch of holes in them with a fork and wrap them in a wet paper towel and stick them in the microwave for about 4 minutes for a big one. When it comes out (if I'm in one of my give me all the fat you can days) I cut the whole center top piece out, fill it with american cheese, bacon bits, butter, and sour cream then put the piece I cut out back on it. I leave it sit for about 2 minutes then cut it all into little chunks and eat the whole thing, skin and all. It's nothing fancy but it tastes so good!
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@starangel (414)
• United States
5 Feb 08
the quickest way--I scrub the potatoes. Poke holes in them w/ a fork(that prevents explosions). then, put them in the microwave in 5-minute intervals. every 5 minutes, stick a knife in it, if it goes in like butter, it's done. if not, turn them over and give it another 5. a small potato cooks quickly, while a huge idaho can take a while. Wrapping them in foil will help them cook faster...but it still takes a good hour in the oven. they taste alot better, but like you, i just want a baked potato pronto! toppings i like(not necessarily all together) sour cream cheese butter salt ranch dressing baco bits broccoli & cheese sauce Gravy
• United States
5 Feb 08
i forgot to say "in the oven" before i started talking about wrapping it in foil. Everyone: please do not put your foiled potatos in the microwave. thank you.
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@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
5 Feb 08
I cook baked potatos in the microwave all the time they have never exploded on me yet. I have a button on my microwave that says baked potato you press that and then press how many you have in there. When you take them out wrap them in tin foil to keep them warm until everything else is ready but never put tin foil in the microwave.
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@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
5 Feb 08
Ohhh, baked taters does sound good. If you make them in the microwave, you have to pierce the skin. That way they don't blow up. If you bake them in the oven, (the best way), it does take lots longer but you can bake them when you are cooking something else in the oven. Wash the potato real good. They put some oil or shortening on the skin and wrap in foil. You can also just put them in a pan and cook them, the other way has more flavor on the skin. Some people also like to salt the outside. Bake them about an hour or until soft. Twice baked are good too. After the potato is cooked, scoop out the inside, then mash it and put butter, sour cream, bacon bits, cheese, seasoning or whatever you want. Them you fill the potato skin with the mixture, put some more cheese on top and pop back in the oven until nice and hot, yummmm!!!! Now you got me hungry for some baked potatoes.
• United States
5 Feb 08
I found the easy way for me is to wash the potato real good and boil it hole that works for me the best. I like butter sour cream onions and bacon bits on mime
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• United States
5 Feb 08
oops forgot the cheese
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@Hatley (164486)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Apr 08
scrub and poke holes in it with a fork then toss them in a four hundred twenty five degree oven for fifty minutesfor fluffy mealybaked potatoes with sour cream and chives and tons of butter yuumy oh so good wortj the the time
@jezzmay (1845)
• United States
15 Feb 08
There is no worry about cooking them in the microwave.I have yet to have one to explode.I just put them on about 5 min.per potatoe,and if I need more time I add a few minutes.That topping combo sounds good I think I will try it.
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• Australia
11 Feb 08
Yum! I want one now! lol. I've been told the best way to cook them is on the barbeque.
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@Suze05 (480)
• United States
7 Feb 08
mmm .. I was just thinking about making me a big baked potato when i saw this post lol like everyone else who answered, I usually do them in the microwave. I'm too impatient to wait for them to cook in the oven. Though they are more tasty from the oven, so sometimes I suffer through the wait and do them in the oven too. I usually poke holes in them, wash them real good and just throw them in the microwave for about 8 minutes and they come out great. If I nuke them in the microwave, I usually just cut them up into small pieces and cover them with whatever i'm in the mood for..I usually keep it simple..lots of butter, salt, pepper and sour cream, if i have any..but I love bacon bits, cheese, and broccoli..or sometimes chili and cheese.. That chopped beef and BBQ sauce deal sounds really yummy though..I may have to try that LOL If I make them in the oven, I love how the skin tastes, so I'll scoop out the insides and add the butter, etc to that..and then I'll take the skins and put butter inside and eat them separate ..lol just a habit I picked up from my dad, that's the way he always eats his.
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@Suze05 (480)
• United States
7 Feb 08
mmm .. I was just thinking about making me a big baked potato when i saw this post lol like everyone else who answered, I usually do them in the microwave. I'm too impatient to wait for them to cook in the oven. Though they are more tasty from the oven, so sometimes I suffer through the wait and do them in the oven too. I usually poke holes in them, wash them real good and just throw them in the microwave for about 8 minutes and they come out great. If I nuke them in the microwave, I usually just cut them up into small pieces and cover them with whatever i'm in the mood for..I usually keep it simple..lots of butter, salt, pepper and sour cream, if i have any..but I love bacon bits, cheese, and broccoli..or sometimes chili and cheese.. That chopped beef and BBQ sauce deal sounds really yummy though..I may have to try that LOL If I make them in the oven, I love how the skin tastes, so I'll scoop out the insides and add the butter, etc to that..and then I'll take the skins and put butter inside and eat them separate ..lol just a habit I picked up from my dad, that's the way he always eats his.
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@irishmist (3820)
• United States
7 Feb 08
I cut my potato in half and spread some butter on it and sprinkle chives and black pepper on it. I wrap it in foil and bake it in the oven. I enjoy many different toppings on mine. broccoli and cheese sounds good about now.
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@mouse27 (1155)
• Canada
7 Feb 08
the microwave is the quickest way to cook them jsut poke a hole in them with a fork or a knife and there should be no problems with them exploding usually takes about 7 - 10 minutes depending onthe size of the potatoe
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
7 Feb 08
I put a knife into the center and sides so to put holes into the potato then I put it in the microwave. Depending on how big the potato is is how long you cook it for. You could try for 3 minutes at first and if it's not cooked all the way through then put it in for a bit longer. You can kind of judge it for yourself as you go along. However I will say this, not always will it cook it all the way through such as one side may not have cooked through because it's still hard and the other side may be perfect. I'm thinking it has to do with the setting on the microwave such as high, med and low. I'm going to try medium level in hopes to figure it out. Fingers are crossed!
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
7 Feb 08
Baked potatoes in the oven take a long time. It's not you, it's the baked potato! I like cheese and broccoli on mine. But butter and pepper are good. Sauteed onions on top are good, too. Bacon bits and butter are fun, too. Take care and glad you're having a fun time with thinking about baked potatoes.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
6 Feb 08
I scrub them, slice a cut down the center (not too deep) for the moisture to escape and put them in the oven - If baked potatoes are my goal I might set the oven to 425 or 450 depending on the size it may take 45 minutes to bake. I usually just throw a few potatoes in with whatever I am already using the oven for then I have them on the ready for another meal I really like broccoli and cheese on top - maybe also some bacon crumbles if it is a meat eating day for us. potatoes are filling and satisfying. good food.
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@GardenGerty (102465)
• United States
6 Feb 08
I will eat almost anything on top of a baked potato. Chicken and broccoli in a jarred fettucini sauce. Pork roast shredded is good. Chili. You name it. Before you put your potato in the microwave, puncture the skin with a fork once on each side. I have never had one explode.