How to bake potatoes

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    Baked potatoes Easy Food

    The ‘humble’ baked potato is always a star of the dinner table, whether you make it in the oven or the barbecue. If you would like to dress it up a bit, then these stuffed twice-baked potatoes make a fantastic starter or side!

    1. Preheat the oven to 220˚C/200˚C fan/gas mark 7.
    2. Scrub the potatoes thoroughly under running water and pat them dry.
    3. Rub the potatoes all over with a little olive oil. Generously sprinkle the potatoes on all sides with salt and pepper.
    4. Prick the potatoes in a few places with the tines of a fork, or run the tip of a sharp knife around the perimeter ensure even cooking.
    5. Bake the potatoes directly on the oven rack for 50-60 minutes, flipping them over halfway through. Check for doneness by piercing them with a fork; the potatoes are done when the skins are dry and the insides feel completely soft when pierced.

    TOP TIP
    To cut down the baking time, microwave the potatoes for 5-6 minutes before baking. Make sure the skins have been pierced first to avoid explosions!