3 baking potatoes
Put the oven on to gas mark 6 (200°C/400°F) so it can heat up. Choose potatoes of about the same size so they need the same cooking time. Wash the potatoes and prick them all over with a knife or fork.
Bake in the oven (put them directly on the oven shelf) for about 1 hour, or in the microwave for 10-15 minutes. Test with a knife or fork to see when the potatoes are cooked; they should feel soft inside.
Split the potatoes open with a knife and add a topping of your choice.
- Baked potatoes can be served with a topping and a side salad or vegetables to make a balanced meal
- Choose from the following toppings:
- Sweet potatoes can be baked in the same way. They tend to drip, so bake them on a tray in the oven; they take a little less time to cook
- Serve as potato wedges: wash the potatoes, cut in half and slice each half into wedges. (1 medium potato makes about 8 wedges.) Put onto a lightly greased baking tray and bake in a pre-heated oven at gas mark 6 (200°C/400°F) for 30 minutes. Serve with a family meal. These are easy to make and are much healthier than fried or oven chips
Use Quorn or soya mince instead of beef for a vegetarian alternative
Serve with rice or a baked potato and some natural yoghurt to cover all four food groups!