*IF you have a microwave, that is. And are willing to use it. My parent’s would not. But many a kiddy party has been saved by this. And many quick snacks.
Wash thoroughly (DO NOT PEEL)
Poke peel with fork in two or three places
Optional: rub the outside of the potato with olive oil or butter (yes!) or any grease of preference.
Microwave for 6-7 mins if you have an average microwave. For competitive species that seek to outperform others (750 Watts and above) between 5-6 minutes. Super-competitive microwaves of course will have the option to be toned down – it does best at 7 minutes.
Take it out, split, salt – butter/sauce and eat.
Disaster Queen tip: Try it with one potato first.. they should be soft to the core, but not dry to eat.
Dollop of butter and salt in the centre – Divine.
Sensible people will have baked beans heated while the potatoes are being microwaved.
Healthy people would have created a coleslaw style mixed salad too.
Industrious people would have grated cheese to top up the potato.
Perfectionists would have done all of the above, readied their grill- placed their spliced ‘baked’ potatoes topped with cheese in it for 2-3 minutes to brown it and had a delicious perfectly balanced nutritious meal .