Baked potatoes are currently my favorite meal to make on my lazy days and even on absolutely perfect days because it’s just that perfect.
If someone had told me earlier this year that I would fall in love with cooking or enjoy quick fix cooking videos, I would have argued till someone lost a tooth and it won’t be me.
Growing up in a household filled with siblings that love and enjoy cooking must have been what turned me into the most uninterested person when cooking is involved. I really hated the stress and I wasn’t even that crazy about food so it all checks out fine.
I simply wanted to live life beautifully and have people serve me everything especially when we talk food. The messiness is definitely not for me but all that changed with the birth of my daughter.
Before you think too highly of me, this was not a case of me trying to be the best mom and learning recipes for the sake of my daughter. Heck, my child is just 16months old and doesn’t even eat that much solids so yeah…. it doesn’t add up.
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I started watching cooking videos on Pinterest because they were short and straight to the point. Not all those long ass YouTube videos that took 30minutes, no shade.
In the recent development on corona and quarantine, the whole world decided to go ham on TikTok, baking banana bread, making dalgona coffee ( definitely jumped on that trend) and churning out quotable quotes on Instagram every other day while I stayed obsessed with quick fix meals one of which has become my favorite meal and easiest to prep. So trust me, this is a low effort, high reward kind of meal.
You can either use sweet potatoes or russet potatoes for this recipe. I have tried both and they’re just perfect if done the right away. Paying attention to the right temperature and the right timing. Also, it’s super easy.
BIG POTATOES & SMALL POTATOES:
You can either decide to bake your potatoes in whole or cut it into smaller chunks which is what I prefer. If you have decided to bake them in a whole, make sure to jab some holes in with a fork. Sweet potatoes take a little longer to bake than russet potatoes so take note of this before baking. I fully recommend you cute your sweet potatoes in chunks for this recipe.
- Wash your potatoes
- Cut into small chunks.
- Soak potatoes for 2minutes (applicable to sweet potatoes only)
OIL AND SEASON:
- Pour your potatoes in a bowl
- Add a table spoon of olive oil to at least 5potatoes.
- Season with garlic, salt, black pepper and gently rub spice into potatoes.
- Add prawns, chicken or smoked turkey to the mix (optional)
- Skip the foil and place in a pan
- Expect baked potatoes to take anywhere from 35 to 55 minutes depending on the size of potatoes. If you cut into chunks, 35 minutes works just fine.
- Temperature for my baked potatoes is around 400 Fahrenheit.
WHEN ITS DONE:
Well baked potatoes have slightly wrinkled skin. Apply a little pressure with your fingers to crack open a little and your baked potatoes are ready to consume.
You can have this as a main dish or a side dish.
Have you tried this before? Share some tips below. If you haven’t? Are you willing to try? Let me know below.
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