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Stuffed Baked Potato

4-oz. baking potato

Scrub potato clean and pierce through with large two-tined fork. Place potato on oven tray or bottom of oven. Cook 1 minute (_____) at 100% power. Turn potato over and halfway around. Cook 1 minute (_____) at 100% power until potato is tender when pierced with a toothpick. Cut potato in half lengthwise. Scoop out inside with small spoon and place in bowl.

½ tbsp. butter

1½ tbsp. half and half

1/8 tsp. salt

dash of black pepper

Add butter, half and half, salt, and pepper to bowl. Mix with potato masher, then beat with wire whisk until creamy. Place potato skins in Menu-ette Skillet and fill with potato mixture.

¼ ounce grated cheddar cheese

1/8 tsp. paprika

Sprinkle cheese over stuffed potato halves, then sprinkle with paprika. Set aside until rest of meal is prepared. Final preparation: Cook 35 seconds (_____) at 100% power until cheese melts. Let stand 1 minute (_____) before serving.

When serving two people, use an 8-ounce potato and serve a half to each person. Remember to double the cooking times.

Important! Moisture will condense on the glass oven tray as potato cooks. To avoid superheating the moisture, which may cause the glass tray to crack, always wipe tray dry before putting another utensil in the oven and cooking.

NOTE: Cooking times are for a 700-watt oven. For best results with this and any other microwave recipe, please be sure to go to the Timing Section of Microwaving Tips for a complete explanation of timing in the microwave.

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Best Potatoes for Baked Potatoes

This microwave baked potato recipe calls for a russet potato, and we think that’s the best way to go. Russets have thick skin that crisps up nicely in the microwave or in the oven. Plus, they have super starchy insides that’ll ensure a perfectly fluffy filling. 

Technically, though, you can use any starchy potato you have on hand. 

Topping Ideas

If you’re looking for some new potato topping ideas after cooking in the microwave, here are some popular options:

  • Cheese and baked beans – this is the classic baked potato topping. It’s not the most interesting choice but can be great for a quick meal.
  • Ricotta and tomato – if you’re looking to be a bit more adventurous, ricotta and tomato is a tasty topping you might not have tried. Mix the two with a bit of olive oil and season to taste.
  • Mushrooms and caramelised onions – this is one of our favourites!
  • Pepperoni pizza – for a less healthy option, you can try melting plenty of cheese on the potato before adding pepperoni. Add some tomatoes for the authentic pizza taste.
  • Eggs – after baking the potato, add a poached egg to either side for some extra protein.
  • Breakfast potato – if you want to go one step further than an egg, add some chopped avocados and tomatoes for the perfect morning potato.
  • Chilli – this takes a bit more work, but chilli with a baked potato tastes great. It’s also a good combination if you have leftovers from last night’s dinner.

How to boil potatoes in a microwave

Wash and scrub the potatoes clean to get rid of dirt. Pat them dry with a kitchen towel (this step is important especially if you would be peeling and dicing the potatoes)

Peel the potatoes with a vegetable peeler or a small pairing knife if desired. Place the spud one at a time on a chopping board and dice it into small cubes (this will also help it cook faster)

Transfer the diced potatoes into a bowl and rinse under cold water once to get rid of excess starch (do this process if you are cooking whole peeled spud).

Add the rinsed potatoes to a microwavable bowl, add salt and water, just enough to cover the bottom of the bowl. Place a lid on the bowl or cover with a plastic wrap.

Microwave the potatoes on high for 3 minutes, check for doneness with a fork or a knife. If it needs a little more time, stir it and continue to cook at 1-minute intervals until the potatoes are fork-tender.

Drain the water and serve the potatoes as desired. diced potatoes are great for potato salad, Enjoy!!

Enhancing The Cooking Experience

There are several little things you can do to further enhance the cooking experience.

  • You can confirm that the potato is properly cooked by sticking a fork into the center of it. The center needs to be soft, yet firm.
  • Resting the potato in the microwave for a few minutes will ensure the right level of fluffiness inside. You could also remove from the microwave and wrap in aluminum foil for best results. The foil will also keep the potato nice and warm for a considerable period of time, in case your guests are delayed.

Tools needed

Microwave safe bowl and BPA free. This is very important, do not to use a metal container or ordinary plastic inside the microwave oven, it can be very dangerous.

Chopping board

Sharp knife

Cooking Intentions

What you intend to do with the potato is another important factor in the cooking time. For example, if you plan to eat the potato as it is with a topping then you will need to cook it until it is thoroughly cooked.

If you plan to finish it off in the oven, then you need to cook it in the microwave for a slightly shorter time.

The potato will take a while to cook in the oven but it will still heat it up a lot. You don’t want to cook it completely in the microwave, otherwise, it will become overdone and burn in the oven. 

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Scrub potato and prick with a fork. Place on a microwave-safe plate.

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  • Microwave on full power for 5 minutes. Turn potato over, and microwave until soft, about 5 more minutes.

  • Remove potato from the microwave, and cut in half lengthwise. Season with salt and pepper and mash up the inside a little with a fork.

  • Add butter and Cheddar cheese. Microwave until melted, about 1 more minute.

  • Top with sour cream, and serve.

Cooking Potatoes in the Oven

Of course, you can cook potatoes in the oven. But this will take a very long time. Up to 2 hours, if not longer. Even for sweet potatoes. So if you have the option of using a microwave, it really isn’t worth the wait. 

But, one reason some people prefer to bake potatoes in the oven is due to the texture. When cooked in the microwave, a potato will come out softer but still quite dense.

When cooked in the oven, a potato will come out fluffy with a crispy skin.

If you prefer fluffy potatoes with crispy skin, there is a workaround. You can partially cook the potato in the microwave and then finish it off in the oven.

This will reduce the cooking time massively and allow you to still have the delicious texture you love.

An Easy Recipe for Steam Cooked Potatoes in the Microwave

Cook Time: 10 minutes Cook’s Tip: Be sure all the Creamer potatoes are approximately the same size for even cooking. If sizes vary or you wish to cook more than a 1.5 lbs bag, then cook in batches. You Need: 12 to 16 cup microwave-safe bowl with lid, spoon, and a sharp knife. Serves: 4 to 6

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs your favorite varietal Little potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp butter or margarine
  • 2 Tbsp chopped chives or green onion, if desired Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Place whole Little potatoes in a microwave-safe container with a lid and large enough to hold Creamers in two layers maximum. Otherwise, cook in batches for best results.
  2. Add water.
  3. Set timer for five minutes and microwave on high.
  4. Carefully remove cover (the dish will be hot!). With a sharp knife test for doneness, the knife should pierce skin easily and potatoes will be soft inside.
  5. If not, stir potatoes and increase cooking time by 30 second intervals, testing until done.
  6. Stir in butter or margarine. You can also add chives or chopped green onion, if desired.
  7. Season to taste and enjoy!

Does Rinsing Potatoes Help Hash Browns Crisp?

Would it help if I rinsed the potatoes after shredding? After all, many recipes, including Kenji’s recipe for Ultra-Crispy Roast Potatoes, call for rinsing the potatoes after you cut them. But did I really want to rinse off the excess starch, or would I need it to help bond the hash browns together?

How to Safely Cook in the Microwave

Cooking veggies safely in the microwave comes down to the kind of container you use to cook them in, and what you use as a cover (to prevent you having to clean-up an impromptu splatter paint masterpiece on the inside of your microwave).

One thing to avoid is generic plastic wrap and plastic storage or grocery bags—they might melt onto your food, and ain’t nobody got time for that. Not to be confused with packaging specifically designed to help your veggies steam quickly and safely in the microwave, we’re talking plastic like what you would find in the produce section of the grocery store.

Tip: Look for packaging that says ‘microwave-safe’ or ‘BPA-free’ when you’re searching for containers that are safe you to steam your potatoes and other veggies in.

Microwaving Several Sweet Potatoes

With several medium sweet potatoes, add 2 extra minutes to the average 5-minute cooking time for every additional potato after the first. If the sweet potatoes are different sizes, remove the smaller ones as soon as they’re cooked and continue to cook the larger ones in increments of 1 to 2 minutes more.

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FAQS for the Ultimate Microwave Potato Guide

Q: How many potatoes can I cook at one time?

A: In a standard microwave we’d stick to 3 large potatoes, 5 medium potatoes or 8 small potatoes at any one time. If you have a bigger microwave then feel free to up the amount.

Q: Baked potato calories – how many are there?

A: A large potato has about 250 – 280 calories, a medium one has about 160 calories, and a small one has roughly 130.

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