Not too long ago, I realized that I focused too much on cooking complicated meals. I needed to get back to the basics. So I picked up The Joy of Cooking and learned how to bake a potato.
That must sound funny to you but I’m really a rice and pasta person. I didn’t grow up eating potatoes except for french fries at McDonald’s.
I’ve come to realize that I may be able to make something as complicated as cinnamon rolls, but I’m stumped when it comes to some of the really simple things. It’s kind of ironic but I can remedy that situation – starting now!
Adapted from The Joy of Cooking
1) 4 Russet Potatoes
3) shredded cheese (optional)
4) sour cream (optional)
5) bacon bits (optional)
6) diced green onions
Preparation and Cooking
1) Turn the oven on to 400 degrees
2) Scrub the dirt off the potatoes by rubbing them with your hands under the faucet.
3) Poke 6-8 holes into the potatoes with a fork
4) Place the potatoes directly on the oven rack.
5) Here is where you need to know your oven. The book says to bake the potato for 40-60 minutes but mine took longer. I baked my potato for 1 hour and 20 minutes, then I turned the oven off and left them in there for another 10 minutes and it was perfect.
6) Remove from the oven and cut in half.
7) Add butter and any other toppings (see optional ingredients above)
For fun, I did a short stop motion video as an homage to Rene Magritte, which if you can’t tell the featured image is too.