Wednesday, 14 April 2021

How To Bake a Potato in the Oven


 How To Bake a Potato in the Oven

How To Bake a Potato in the Oven

How to bake a potato in the oven, many people say's why is it so complicated? Should I poke or not poke Should I use foil or no foil. Should I use oil, and if I use oil, what kind of oil should I use? Well maybe I should use butter. In this article we're gonna answer those questions and a few more.

 You want to make a baked potato at home, why is it so complicated?

 Outback Steakhouse baked potatoes are fantastic, Long Horn Steakhouse baked potatoes, but how come we have troublemaking those restaurant style baked potatoes at home? Well in this video,we're going to show you exactly how to make a restaurant style baked potato at home.

 And we're gonna answer, in addition to those questions that we brought up in the beginning, we're gonna answer a couple of other questions. And the most important question then we're gonna answer, is 

how to tell if the baked potato is fully cooked inside just before you go to serve it?

 Should you use aluminum foil to make a baked potato ?

And the answer to that is absolutely not if you want restaurant style crispy on the outside baked potatoes. You definitely don't want to use aluminum foil.

 Well what about oil and butter, should you use oil or butter? Well we're going to use butter to make our baked potatoes because we like the flavor that it puts on the outside of the crust. Olive oil puts a very distinctive flavor on the outside of the crust, so if you want to use oil you should probably use a vegetable oil, maybe corn oil or something like that.

 If you want to make restaurant style baked potatoes at home you have to pick the right potato, and the right potato is russet potatoes.

 Now before you start to wash off your baked potatoes, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

 Now we are going to cook three baked potatoes today. We're going to cook one with holes in it, one without holes in it, and one with foil around it so that you can see how a potato turns out when it's covered with foil. After you smother the potatoes with butter, put a liberal amount of sea salt or kosher salt on them.

 Don't be stingy with the salt. We're going to use this little aluminum ball to keep track of the potato that has the holes in it. Now we're not going to cook them in this pan,we're going to put them directly on the rack in my filthy oven.

 Because the potatoes are right on the rack, there's plenty of airflow. Now if you happen to have a convection oven, make sure you use the convection option. Next you want to set your kitchen timer for 60 minutes.

 Now the best way to check any size potato to confirm that it's done inside, is to use a the rmapen like this one. We're looking for 210 degrees. Now if you don't have a the rmapen like this and you would like to get one, 

 Now let's check the potato that we poked all the holes in let's see how the skin and the inside of this potato is. As you can see,the skin of the potato is nice and crispy.

 It's a good idea to use a fork to fluff up the potato inside before you add the toppings. Now we can check the texture of the potato that we did not poke holes in. It also is crispy on the outside but not as crispy as the one we poked the holes in. Now let's have a look at the potato wrapped in foil. 

Right off the bat you can see that the skin is steamed, it's not crispy at all. Very unappealing. This is definitely not an Outback Steakhouse baked potato. Let's go ahead and zoom in and take a look at the skin of the potato that we poke the holes in. And as you can see the skin is super crispy. Well there you go folks, now you know how to make restaurant style baked potatoes at home.