Friday, 18 June 2010

Perfect baked Potato...... Mood = Crispy

Baked potatoes are one of those things that everyone loves to master.... I always used to cheat when i was younger and do them half in the microwave, and then finish them off in the oven... Don't tell anyone. That is before i realised how bad microwaves were for you.

After doing a year long stint at this one restaurant, i learned how to make the perfect baked potato. And perfect almost seems to be an understatement. So simple and so amazing. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. Draped with butter and drizzled with salt. AMAZING.

When i saw how easy it was to make this i couldn't believe it and cant believe it has taken this long to share it with you all....

So the way to make this is...


Baking potatoes
baking tray


  • Place the foil on the baking tray
  • Cover the bottom layer of the tray with salt all over.
  • Wash and dry the potatoes and place them on the salt.
  • Place garlic cloves all over with skin still on
  • Cook in a preheated oven at 250 degrees and turn every half an hour for 1.5 hours
  • Serve hot with butter and salt.

Some info on health benefits of baked potato:

Potatoes are nutrient based which means you receive many nutrients for the amount of calories the potato has.The fibre is half soluble half insoluble which means that it helps lower cholesterol and also aids in slower digestion which is good news for you as it keeps you full for longer!They are high in Vitamin  C, B6 , Copper, Iron and Potassium. They are pretty much full of every nutrient you can think of except for Vitamin A.They also help lower blood pressure. Sounds good eh? A must for a healthy, balanced diet.

Who knew the mighty potato had so much goodness. Its the misconception that potatoes are fattening, but its just the toppings that are bad. So think carefully, and eat wisely.

Simple delicious and no effort to create perfection.


tasteofbeirut said...


Thanks so much for these good tips; I love baked potatoes but usually end up microwaving them !! Shame on me, as your method delivers so much more flavor!

Joudie's Mood Food said...

Hi Joumana, i love them too and used to make them the same way with the dreaded microwave but this way is so great even though it takes over an hour.... The flavour of the roasted baked potato is delicious!

Kath said...

Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! I usually bake large potatoes for about an hour at 425 degrees. This is an interesting technique that I'll have to try.

Donh said...

1 1/2 hours at 250 those potatoes must be the size of walnuts.

Also just how are microwaves bad for you?

Joudie's Mood Food said...

Hi Donh,

For my potatoes, i am not sure what you mean as walnuts.... I am using 250 degrees in the UK which is about 480 degrees farenheit... Maybe that sounds better to you.
These potatoes are pretty big and tasted Amazing!

Microwave cooking per se isn't dangerous. In fact, microwaves preserve more of the nutrients in food than stove top cooking does. What you need to be careful about is the containers you use. You should avoid using any kind of plastic that isn't microwave-safe, because it can leach into the food. Try to always use a microwave-safe dish made of hard material, such as glass. If you don't have a glass lid, you can use plastic wrap over the container--just make sure it doesn't touch the food. The other safety issue has to do with the seal on the door. If the seal isn't good, there is a chance of radiation leakage.