Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Actually effortless

This evening I decided to tackle stuffed baked potatoes (p165). Actually, it ended up being stuffed baked potato, since I only had a single potato in the cupboard.

 Baked potatoes take a while to cook, but they're very easy: you just scrub a potato, brush it with oil and stick it in the oven for an hour and a half. (There are also instructions for a microwave version, which is much faster).

When once your potato has finished baking, you slice the top off it and scoop out the centre. Then, just mash the potato you've scooped out with a bit of butter, milk, grated cheese and seasoning, before returning the mash to the potato shell. Finally, put the potato back in the oven for a few minutes.

As usual, I've just noticed something I previously missed in the recipe: you're supposed to sprinkle extra cheese on the top of the potato before you put it back in. Never mind, mine tasted just fine without it!

It's easy to look at a recipe like this and think it's too much effort. Well, it really doesn't take much at all: you just need to get the potatoes in the oven (or microwave) and let them do their thing. The scooping and mashing is easy too - and you end up with a tasty, filling dish that's ideal for a chilly evening. Fluffy, cheesy potato encased in a crispy potato-skin shell: why wouldn't you give that a go?

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