One of the great things about making oven-baked potatoes is that you can make them fast, and they taste as good as when they’re placed in a conventional oven. To make them extra tasty, follow the tips below.
#1 – Don’t Use Aluminum Foil
If you want to bake potatoes in a toaster oven, you don’t want to use aluminum foil. Foil will create steamed potatoes and may also cause a fire, given the location of the heating elements. By not using foil, your potato’s skin will be crispy – extra delicious.
#2 – Clean the Potatoes by Soaking Them First
To begin the process, soak the potatoes in water for 30 minutes, then use a vegetable brush to scrub off the dirt. Do this under cold running water. Pat each potato with a paper towel.
#3 – Stab the Potatoes a Couple Times – Gently
To prevent the potatoes from exploding in the oven, you need to use a fork – slit them toward the center on two sides – just stab them – don’t pierce them all the way through.
#4 – Add a Little Butter and Salt
Before placing the spuds in the oven, apply melted butter with a pastry brush and sprinkle on some kosher salt.
#5 – Determine the Cooking Time
For smaller potatoes (4 ounces), bake for about 35 minutes. If you choose a larger potato, bake for about 45 to 50 minutes, or until each potato is tender.
#6 – Preheat the Toaster Oven
Preheat your oven to 400 F for about 5 minutes. Then, place your potatoes inside the oven to bake. Position them on the middle rack – no need to turn while baking.
A Few Special Notes
You can use an inexpensive toaster oven for your potatoes. An oven around $20.00 is all you need. So, you can still live and eat well even if you live in a smaller space.
Also, whether your space is large or small, baking a potato in a toaster oven, versus a convection oven, will free up your time. Toaster ovens heat up more quickly and give you the results you need quickly and efficiently.
If you’re seeking a diet that is good for the heart, a toaster based potato, when served with broccoli and low-fat yogurt, is an ideal way to lower your risk of a heart attack or heart disease.
#7 – Test Your Potatoes to Make Sure They’re Done
To make sure your potatoes are fully cooked, squeeze each potato (using an oven mitt). Be gentle – you don’t want to crack the skin. If it feels soft to the touch, the potato is ready to test further.
Double check the spud by using a skinny and sharp knife. If the knife slides easily into the middle, you’re ready to add the toppings. Just don’t do too much poking, Make sure the potato has cooked evenly. It may need more cooking time.
Tip # 8 – Cut and Smush Open Each Potato
Cut and open the baked potato–giving it a little smush–and you’re ready to include the toppings.
Tip #9 – Add Your Desired Toppings
With respect to toppings, this is where the mastery of a toaster-baked potato takes form. You can choose from several recipes.
Traditional and popular toppings include plain yogurt, sour cream, chives, and bacon.
You can also make full use of your toaster oven with twice-baked potatoes.
A Recipe for Twice-Baked Toaster Potatoes
Below is a delicious recipe for a twice-baked potato feast –
1. Prepare the Filler for the Potato
Begin by cooking diced onions in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add butter, then diced onions and stir in some garlic. Add some baby spinach.
Cook until the onions are soft and the spinach wilts.
Add cream cheese and salt and pepper to taste, waiting until the cheese melts before removing the skillet from the heat.
2. Scoop Out the Middle of Each Potato
Instead of “smushing” the baked potato open, scoop out the fluffy part, creating a shell for the stuffing. Add the mixture and bake the potato in your toaster oven for another 20 minutes, or until the potatoes turn golden brown.
3. Sprinkle the Potatoes
Sprinkle parmesan cheese and/or bacon bits on top of the potatoes.
Make a Dessert Out of your Toaster Baked Potato
You can also turn a baked toaster oven potato into a dessert by adding cinnamon, sugar, and butter to the fluffy and soft inside of the potato. Top with toasted marshmallows (Place a large marshmallow on top of the potato for 20 seconds in the microwave).
What to Serve with Your Toaster Baked Potatoes
If you’re serving the potato for dinner, prepare the spud as a side with crispy fried chicken or pork served with gravy – yum! Yum!