What’s the ultimate solution for a quick meal if you don’t have time to cook or you’ve run out of ideas as to what to cook?
Baked potatoes in foil are a great solution to get a warm meal on the table. Even better, you can upgrade them from a side dish to a delicious dinner with the right selection of toppings for the whole family.
There is discussion whether it is better to wrap the potatoes in foil or not. It all depends on what you like best. Foil won’t speed up the cooking process but it will affect the texture once baked. When wrapped in foil the skin stays soft, while an unwrapped baked potato has a pronounced contrast between a real crispy skin and the fluffy centre.
What potatoes are best
Russets are a popular choice for baked potatoes because they are starchy and fluffy inside and they have a thick brown skin which crisps up easily.
Another great choice for baking potatoes is the King Edward variety. Those who are on a special diet can opt for sweet potatoes.
Size doesn’t really matter but we like our potatoes to be the size of the palm. This way it is big enough to add ingredients once baked.
Air fried or oven baked potatoes
We don’t have a conventional oven in our new place and so we are happy to air fry everything. Both cooking methods are exactly the same but there are a few advantages when air frying.
- You don’t need to pre-heat an air fryer which saves time and money.
- Cooking time is usually about 20-30% faster compared to a conventional oven.
- You can find models for one person or those with extra-large capacities.
Baked Potato in Foil
- Wash and remove all the dirt off and dry the potatoes.
- Set the air fryer temperature to 220°C.
- Add a minimum of oil and a few knobs of butter to a sheet of foil.
- Use a fork or a skewer to poke some holes into the potatoes which allow the steam to exit during the baking process.
- Wrap the potatoes in the foil and place in the air fryer but don’t overcrowd it.
- Bake for 30 minutes and check the doneness with a fork or a skewer. Add a few minutes if needed.
- Make a criss-cross cut, open the potato slightly and top with the filling of your choice.