What better on a cold winter’s night, than to come home to a supper of crisp-skinned baked potato, piping hot, a knob of butter soaking into the fluffy center.
Perfect for days when you get home in good time but have a million things to do and cooking supper is last on the list. All you have to do is get the oven hot and load it up with potatoes, cross scored on the top, so they don’t burst and coat your oven with an irremovable patina of flaked potato and then leave them there for at least an hour, better an hour and a half. You can get on with everything else, feel secure in the knowledge that supper is cooking without you and then put together a few fillings at the last minute.
“The original set it and forget it!”
One of my favorite toppings is tuna. Just open the tin, drain, season with salt and pepper and some lemon juice (feel free to add mayonnaise if you like). Other hassle-free accompaniments are baked beans, grated cheese, and anything that looks like it would look good on a potato or as Dan Quayle would say a potatoe.
A microwave is a quick way to heat up a potato but is also used as a spy tool by the government (according to Donald Trump), the process may be quick but it leaves you with thin skinned potatoes (they can’t take a joke) that might do as an accompaniment to something else but lose the crisp appeal of the true oven baked spud.
A variation to try with smaller potatoes: after washing, drying and scoring the potatoes, rub the skins with a little butter, then season with salt and pepper before baking to give you extra crispy, tasty skins that everyone will love.
Another thing to try if you want to get fancy: once the potatoes are cooked, halve them, scoop out the insides, mix with a beaten egg, grated cheese, salt and pepper, heap the mixture back into the skins and return to the oven for another 15 minutes until the tops are golden brown. A double baked, b**h, enjoy.
Cheap, filling, nutritious with the right toppings and needing the minimum investment of time, the baked potato is every busy mother sucker’s ideal supper!