Gourmet baked potatoes

Baked potato

Baked potatoes are probably my favourite comfort food, and something I eat at least once a week. It is such a basic dish that can be jazzed up with any ingredients you have on hand. I hate food waste, so I love that I can use almost exactly the same ingredients for this dish as I used for homemade pizza last night. Pre-cooking the potatoes in the microwave speeds up the cooking time considerably, meaning this is another quick and easy weeknight dish.

Baked potatoes

First take one large potato per person

Potato

Scrub the potato and prick it all over with a fork. Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes, until soft.

Bake potatoes in a hot oven for 15-20 minutes, until the outside of the potato is crispy.

Now the fun part, serve with whatever delicious toppings you like. My favourite toppings at the moment are salt, grated cheese, Greek yogurt, wholegrain mustard, homemade tomato relish and hot chilli sauce. I also added some kidney beans for protein (I buy these dried and cook them in my slow cooker, then freeze them in batches) and fresh chives from the garden.

Tonight I served my potato with a salad of baby spinach, tomato, roasted capsicum, red onion and blue cheese with homemade salad dressing, but again you can serve it with any salad ingredients you have on hand.

Potatoes can be pre-cooked in the microwave for most recipes which use baked or mashed potatoes. I have used this method before for hash browns and mashed potatoes with success.

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