How to Bake Potatoes in Microwave (+ video)

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Bake-Potatoes-in-Microwave_cPotatoes bake well in the microwave especially if you are in a hurry, but they don't have that lovely crisp skin you get when they are in the conventional oven. I often start the potatoes in the microwave, then transfer them to a very hot oven for about 15 minutes to crisp the skins, since that is how my family prefers them.

 

Prick the potatoes with a fork to prevent them bursting during cooking and calculate the cooking time accordingly. Do leave the potatoes to stand for a good 5-10 minutes before serving as this will give sufficient time for the residual heat to cook them right through to the centre. If they still feel crisp when they first come out of the cooker, don't be tempted to put them back for a little longer; they would only start cooking from the outside again.

Cooking times

1 large potato: 8 minutes on full power plus 5 minutes standing time.

2 large potatoes: 16 minutes on full power plus 7 minutes standing time.

4 large potatoes: 30 minutes on full power plus 10 minutes standing time.

For smaller potatoes, reduce the cooking time slightly.

Toppings for 2 large potatoes

Cheese and Ham Scoop out the insides of the potatoes and mix with 2oz (50g) well-flavoured Cheddar cheese, 2oz (50g) chopped ham and 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard. Season, then spoon back into potato shells; reheat on full power for about 4 minutes.

Cream Cheese and Chive Scoop out the insides of the potatoes and mix with 3oz (75g) cream cheese, 1 tablespoon freshly snipped chives, a crushed clove of garlic and 2 tablespoons of the top of the milk. Season to taste, spoon back into the potato shells and reheat on full power for about 4 minutes.

Tomato and Onion Scoop out the middle of the potatoes and mix with 2 skinned and chopped tomatoes and 2oz (50g) cooked onion. Season to taste, then spoon back into the potato shells and reheat on full power for about 4 minutes.

 

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