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Baked Potatoes

49 Reviews
100% would make this recipe again

Preparation : 5 min Cooking : 1 h
230 calories/serving
  • Can be done in advance
  • Very easy
  • Gluten Free
  • Nuts & Peanuts Free
  • Halal
  • Kosher
  • Vegetarian
  • Kid-friendly

Ingredients

2 potatoes, Russet or Idaho type 500 g
1 tsp olive oil 5 mL
2 tsp butter, unsalted 9 g
2 green onions/scallions, chopped
salt [optional]
ground pepper to taste [optional]

Before you start

Oblong-shaped Russet or Idaho potatoes are the ones to use in this recipe because their high starch content yields a fluffy baked potato.

Potatoes may be baked in a traditional oven, cooked in an outdoor grill or in a microwave, the choice being a matter of personal preference : baking is longer, but yields a crusty skin. It should be the preferred method when baking the potatoes with other food to save energy and time.

Method

Baking method

Preheat the oven to 205ºC/400ºF.

Clean the potatoes, then prick them a few times with a fork to allow the humidity to escape without bursting the skin while cooking. Coat the potatoes with the oil, sprinkle with salt, then bake them in the middle of the oven for about 1 hour, depending on the size of the potatoes. (The baking time could be slightly reduced by wrapping each potato individually in aluminum foil, since the heat trapped inside would help cooking. The result would be a softer skin and a moist flesh).

Outdoor grill method

Clean the potatoes then wrap them individually in aluminum foil. They are ready after 45 to 60 min, depending on their size.

Microwave method

Clean the potatoes, then prick them a few times with a fork and place them on a paper towel in the microwave. The cooking time at maximum power is about 8 min for one potato, depending on the size of the potato and the power of the oven (The cooking time must be increased when more than one potato is cooked at the same time). Turn the potatoes once at the halfway point if the oven does not have a turntable. Let the potatoes stand 2 min, wrapped in paper towels before serving.

Garnish

Halve the potatoes lengthwise, scoop out the flesh using a spoon, paying attention not to damage the "shells". Mash the flesh in a bowl, stir in the butter and chopped scallions. Season with salt and pepper, then put the mixture back into the skins. Place the potatoes back into the oven under the top broiler for 2-3 min until they are warm and slightly golden-coloured.

Alternatively, the broiling step can be skipped and the halved potatoes may be just garnished and served right away.

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 Serving (210g)

Amount

% Daily Value

Calories

230

Fat

6 g

9 %

Saturated 2.6 g
+ Trans 0.2 g

14 %

Cholesterol

10 mg

Sodium

20 mg

1 %

Carbohydrate

41 g

14 %

Fibre

5 g

18 %

Sugars

3 g

Protein

5 g

Vitamin A

7 %

Vitamin C

35 %

Calcium

4 %

Iron

16 %

Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Vegetables and Fruits : 1 ¼ servings
Grain Products : 0 serving
Milk and Alternatives : 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives : 0 serving

Claims

This recipe is :
Low  :
Sodium
Source of  :
Copper, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Zinc
Good source of  :
Fibre, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Niacin, Vitamin C
Excellent source of  :
Folacin, Potassium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin K
Free  :
Added Sugar

DIABETES Exchange

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Starches 2 ½
Vegetables 0
Fats 1

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49 Reviews (48 with rating only ) 100% would make this recipe again
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june 03, 2010 | I would make this recipe again

Simple and delicious. I ended up combining the cooking methods. I cooked them in the microwave and then broiled them quickly in the oven. I had some pre-shredded 4-cheese blend that I mixed in with the mashed potatoes and it was perfect. All I was missing was bacon and sour cream to make them all-dressed!

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This recipe is in the following categories

Potato | Side dishes | Vegetarian | Kosher | High Iron | Low Sodium | Halal | High Fibre | Bake | Microwave

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GiftedDesigns
june 03, 2010 | I would make this recipe again

Simple and delicious. I ended up combining the cooking methods. I cooked them in the microwave and then broiled them quickly in the oven. I had some pre-shredded 4-cheese blend that I mixed in with the mashed potatoes and it was perfect. All I was missing was bacon and sour cream to make them all-dressed!

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