I absolutely love baked potatoes. To me they are a great side dish, and now that I am trying to limit the amount of carbs, a great treat. The best way I have found to make them is in the microwave.
The first thing you want to do is clean the potatoes. I normally use those wire scrub pads under lukewarm water. Once they are clean, the potato skins need to be pierced. You can use a fork or a knife, but I prefer a sharp knife. I get out my frustrations and stab the potatoes, going almost all the way through.
Drizzle olive oil on the potatoes and work them around so they are completely covered in oil.
Then you can add spices. I definitely recommend sea, or kosher salt and black pepper. I also add granulated garlic and a little bit of chili powder. Roll the potatoes around to make sure they are completely covered.
Then put them in the microwave. My microwave has a button for baked potatoes that you can press and then enter the number of potatoes you are planning to cook. It is just over 3 minutes apiece on my microwave, but I normally cook two at a time with the setting for 3 potatoes. I like to make sure you have them super soft inside.
To check for doneness, use the knife and insert it into the potato. The knife should slide in easily, with hardly any resistance.
That’s it. Cut it in half and top with whatever you enjoy!