How to Bake Potatoes in a Toaster Oven

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Sam saying "potatoes - boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a stew".

I know several friends who have trouble baking potatoes in a toaster oven – the skin either comes out to soggy, or the flesh is not fluffy, or the taste is meh. So today I want to share several time-tried tips that I have:

  • Fork potatoes before baking, otherwise they might explode in the oven!
  • Don’t wrap them in foil or the skin will be too soft.
  • If your potato comes out undercooked even after an hour in the toaster oven, there is no secret: you just need to bake it for a longer time. I have friends who like putting sweet potatoes in at noon and taking them out at dinner time.
  • When they are done, cover them with a clean paper towel and sort of karate chop them with the side of your hand. This will absolutely change the texture of the potato – the inside becomes fluffy while the outside stays crispy!

The last one is key and something I stole from Nigel Slater (also try his salt cod and parsley recipe, it’s heavenly).

So, here is the process.

Ingredients

  • Medium or large potatoes
  • Oil
  • Optional: cheese curds, gravy, parsley, tomatoes

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your toaster oven to 425°F.
  2. Wash, scrub (remember, most of the nutrients are in the skins) and dry your potatoes.
  3. Fork your potatoes several times each.
  4. Rub them with oil for flavor.
  5. Place the taters on the toaster oven backing rack or cookie sheet.
  6. Bake the potatoes as long as neccessary (45-60 minutes usually). When done, the potatoes will feel tender when squeezed, a knife or fork will go in easily and the skin will be lightly browned and crispy to the touch. Done!
  7. Optional: sprinkle with cheese curds and pour some poutine gravy on top. Garnish with tomatoes and chopped parsley.

Pro tips:

  1. Fork potatoes before baking; otherwise, they might explode in the oven!
  2. Don’t wrap them in foil, or the skin will be too soft.
  3. If your potato comes out undercooked even after an hour in the toaster oven, there is no secret: you just need to bake it for a longer time. I have friends who like putting sweet potatoes in at noon and taking them out at dinner.
  4. When they are done, cover them with a clean paper towel and sort of karate chop them with the side of your hand. This will absolutely change the texture of the potato – the inside becomes fluffy while the outside stays crispy!
  5. The last one is key and something I stole from Cook’s Illustrated. By gently rubbing the skin of a baked potato with a little bit of oil, you create a barrier between the potato and the foil.
  6. This way, when you wrap it up, all of that steam stays trapped inside, making for an extra-fluffy potato.
  7. Wrap each potato in foil and place them back in the toaster oven. Set the timer for 5-10 minutes and let them steam.
  8. Remove the potatoes from the foil and karate chop them as above—season with salt, pepper, and butter (or olive oil) to taste.
  9. Now that you know how to make baked potatoes in a toaster oven, you can enjoy this delicious dish any time you want! Try adding different toppings to change the flavor, or bake them with some of your favorite vegetables.
  10. No matter how you make them, these potatoes will be a hit at your next dinner party. Thanks for reading!

How to Store Bake Potatoes in a Toaster Oven

It would be awful to have tasty, beautiful Bake Potatoes and not know how to store them.

Luckily, Bake Potatoes in a Toaster Oven is a sturdy dessert and doesn’t require fancy storage methods or containers.

Here are a few tips to keep your potatoes fresh:

  1. If you’re not going to eat them right away, wait for them to cool down and put them in a Ziploc bag or airtight container. They should be suitable for 3-4 days.
  2. If you want to freeze them, wait until they are completely cool, and then put them in a Ziploc bag. They will last for 2-3 months.
  3. When ready to eat them, just take them out of the freezer and let them thaw at room temperature or in the fridge.
  4. If you don’t have time to bake potatoes in a toaster oven, you can microwave them. Prick the potatoes a few times with a fork, put them on a microwavable plate, and cook on high for 5-7 minutes.

So, these were the basics of Bake Potatoes in a Toaster Oven.

I hope you enjoyed it and will be able to make some delicious potatoes yourself! Enjoy your delicious potatoes!

Nutrition Facts of Bake Potatoes in a Toaster Oven

The Bake Potatoes in a Toaster Oven recipe is full of delicious goodness, with a little bit of naughty.

It is not healthy food, but it is a delicious indulgence that can be enjoyed in moderation. Here’s why it’s a lot better than the packet mix version.

One serving of this recipe (1 potato) has the following nutrition:

  • Calories: 135
  • Fat: 4.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 7 mg
  • Sodium: 285 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Vitamin A: 6% DV
  • Vitamin C: 15% DV
  • Calcium: 2% DV
  • Iron: 4% DV

As you can see, it’s not the healthiest food out there, but it’s not the worst either.

It’s high in carbs and fat, but it also has protein and fiber. The main problem with this recipe is the high sodium content.

Just be sure to watch your portion size, and you should be fine.

It is the perfect comfort food, with all the flavors of home-cooked potatoes.

It’s easy to make, doesn’t require any unique ingredients, and is delicious.

Whether you’re looking for a side dish or a main course, this recipe is sure to please.

What to serve with Baked Potatoes in a Toaster Oven

What to serve with Baked Potatoes?

I keep it simple and serve it with butter and sour cream. Sometimes I will add cheese, bacon, or broccoli.

You could also do a variation of shepherd’s pie by topping the baked potatoes with cooked ground beef and vegetables.

Here are a few recipes that you could try with your baked potatoes:

1. Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Potatoes: Roast garlic and rosemary potatoes in your toaster oven for a fragrant and flavorful side dish. It helps you use less garlic and rosemary than you would if you were roasting them in a regular oven.

2. Parmesan Roasted Potatoes: These potatoes are roasted with Parmesan cheese, olive oil, and garlic for a cheesy and flavorful side dish. This is a great way to use up leftover Parmesan cheese.

3. Baked Sweet Potatoes: These sweet potatoes are baked in the toaster oven and topped with brown sugar, pecans, and marshmallows. This is a delicious and easy way to make sweet potatoes.

4. Hasselback Potatoes: These potatoes are sliced thin and then roasted in the toaster oven. They are topped with olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper. This is a simple and elegant side dish that is sure to impress your guests.

5. Crispy Potato Wedges: These potato wedges are crispy and delicious. They are perfect for dipping in ketchup or ranch dressing. These are a great alternative to french fries.

6. Smashed Potatoes: These potatoes are smashed and then roasted in the toaster oven. They are topped with olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper. This is a simple and delicious side dish.

7. Potato Gratin: This potato gratin is made with thinly sliced potatoes, shredded cheese, and cream. It is baked in the toaster oven for a quick and easy side dish.

8. Herb Roasted Potatoes: This recipe uses a variety of herbs to give the potatoes a delicious flavor.

9. Garlic and Herb Potatoes: These potatoes are roasted with garlic and herbs for a flavorful side dish.

10. Twice-Baked Potatoes with Cheese and Bacon: Who doesn’t love cheese and bacon? These twice-baked potatoes are stuffed full of both, making them a decadent side dish that’s perfect for any occasion.

11. Potato Skins: Make potato skins in your toaster oven for a delicious appetizer or side dish.

12. Loaded Baked Potatoes: Load up your baked potatoes with all your favorite toppings for a hearty meal.

Thus, these are some of the dishes which can be served with baked potatoes. So, try out any of these recipes and enjoy!

How do you make things crispy in a toaster oven?

Toaster Ovens are one of the most underrated appliances in any kitchen.

They’re not only suitable for toasting bread and making grilled cheese sandwiches, but they can also be used to cook up a variety of other dishes.

One thing that a lot of people don’t realize is that toaster ovens can actually be used to make things crispy.

This is because they have a built-in element that can help to evenly cook food and give it a nice crispy texture.

Here are some tips on how to make things crispy in a toaster oven:

1. Preheat the oven to the desired temperature. This is important because you want to make sure that the oven is hot enough before you start cooking.

2. Place the food on a wire rack that is covered in foil. This will help to prevent sticking and also ensure even cooking.

3. Cook the food for the recommended time. Depending on what you’re making, the cooking time will vary. However, most things will only need to be in the oven for a few minutes.

4. Once the food is cooked, remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. This will help to make sure that it’s crispy.

5. Finally, you can try using the convection setting on your toaster oven. This will help the air to circulate around the food and make it crispy.

Do you have to flip fries in the oven?

Fries are a popular side dish, and many people wonder if they have to flip them in the oven.

The answer is no – you do not have to flip fries in the oven.

In fact, flipping them can actually prevent them from becoming crispy.

Instead, try baking them at a high temperature so that they will crisp up on their own. This will result in a much tastier side dish!

I’ve once again put together the recipe in a downloadable booklet for you. Hope you like it:

See you next time!

G.

PS. Check out my other recipes as well!


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