Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes (Minimalist Baker)
How to bake a potato should be simple, right? In fact, most people bake potatoes in the microwave (they are dodgy and cook food from the inside out). If you use them, more power to you but don’t use them to heat up pet food or baby formula or anything for safety. Most of the time the only thing you need microwaves for are ready-meals or baked potatoes. So if you avoid ready-meals and learn to bake potatoes, you won’t need one. So without trying to tell your grandmother how to suck eggs, here are some tips for the perfect baked potato:
Most people can easily digest potatoes (and people with nightshade allergies can’t eat them). Raw potatoes (like raw tomatoes) contain solanine, a compound that is toxic to many dogs. If you do ever give leftover potato to pets, only give a little (as a treat) plain mashed or well-cooked cooled potato (not from the microwave) and never add anything to it.
- Remember to pre-heat your oven. Spud Spikes are ‘potato nails’ made from stainless steel. They are bit like BBQ skewers. By placing them through your baking potatoes, it speeds up cooking time, without need for a microwave. Sold with a storage tube for safety, the nail transfers heat into the centre, so the potato cooks outward, so reducing baking time. Don’t use in the microwave (it and you may explode).
- Of course, use the right potato. Most shops sell baking potatoes, but don’t go too big if you don’t have a powerful oven. Russet are good.
- Fork the potato before you cook it. This can help water and steam to escape, for a nice crisp skin, and also speeds up cooking.
- Wash the potatoes with a veggie scrub brush, then dry thoroughly before putting in the oven.
- Don’t use foil. You only need to slather on some olive oil and a little salt.
- Most baked potatoes take over an hour in the oven, so be patient.
Baked Potato Filling Ideas
- Palm-oil-free butter and vegan cheese
- Baked beans
- Vegan tuna mayo
- Vegan coleslaw
- Leftover curry
- Leftover chilli
- Vegan sour cream & chives
Baked Crispy Potato Wedges
Baking your ‘chips’ is far better than frying them at home (chip pans are the biggest reason of house fires). And be careful if ordering fries in fast food restaurants, as many are cooked in the same fat as meat products. In some countries, even McDonald’s fries are not vegetarian, as they contain meat seasonings.
These baked crispy potato wedges (Planted and Picked) are an ideal alternative to fried chips/potato fries. Make sure you space them evenly for baking, otherwise they won’t be crispy. Potatoes cooked this way are healthy, unlike French fries which contain lots of fat. Serve with ketchup or a dip of your choice. They are also great with veggie burgers.