You might have had the best-baked potato ever at a steakhouse. It could have been a simple butter and salt recipe with freshly ground black pepper, or it might have had sour cream, shredded cheese, bacon, and green onions. It was likely to have been perfectly crispy on the outside and unbelievably soft inside. How to bake a potato? How do you achieve that baked potato perfection? We’ve listed a few tips and steps that you can follow to achieve this perfection.
How Long Should A Potato Bake?
Potatoes take between 45 minutes and an hour in a 400-degree F oven. They are done when they feel soft when squeezed (using oven mitts!). When the potatoes are done baking, a paring knife (or the tines of a fork) should be able to slide into them.
What Is The Internal Temperature A Baked Potato Should Be Cooked To?
When fully cooked, a baked potato will register 210 F on a quick-read thermometer. Because sweet potatoes contain so much sugar, they might register as high as 212 degrees F.
Is It A Good Idea To Wrap A Potato In Foil?
No, No, No. If you desire crispy skin, it is not possible. The foil traps any steam that escapes from the potato, so the skin won’t crisp.
How To Buy Russet Potatoes?
Let’s begin with the most important: a russet potato is required for fluffy baked potatoes. The russet potato is a high-starch, brown potato that can be grown almost anywhere. However, we often refer to them as Idaho potatoes or bakers. A red potato has a higher starch content and will bake a fluffy potato. However, a red potato’s starch is more stable in soups, stews, or chowders as it doesn’t break down as easily. So that they bake at the same time, make sure you buy potatoes that are roughly equal in size. Choose firm, smooth potatoes that are free from cuts and sprouting spots (also known as “eyes”)
How To Store Russet Potatoes?
Keep potatoes in a dry, cool place. Avoid placing them near onions. They produce ethylene gas which can cause potatoes to soften, sprout, and even rot. Don’t store potatoes in the fridge. The potato is tricked by the cold into believing it is winter and needs to eat. So it converts its starch into sugar. You’ll get dense baked potatoes if the sugar isn’t fluffy or starchy.
Make Sure To Prepare The Potatoes For Baking
- Start by placing the oven racks in both the middle and bottom of the oven. Use a fork to pierce each potato twice. Place the potatoes on a baking tray and drizzle oil over them.
- Oil: Apply oil to the potatoes using a pastry brush.
- Season your skin with salt & pepper: Season it with freshly ground black pepper and salt.
- Bake the Potatoes
- Place the potatoes on an oven rack. Bake for 45 minutes or until potatoes are tender when squeezed and skins are crisp,
- Serve the Potatoes
- Reduce the middle of each potato. Using a sheet pan, transfer potatoes from the oven onto the counter. Each potato should be cut about 3/4 inch in length.
- Push the potato open. Hold one end of each potato in each hand.
- To top the potato, add butter, salt, and freshly ground black pepper to each potato. For loaded baked potatoes, serve with chives or any other ingredients.