Even though I love potatoes, it’s something we don’t normally have for supper since I have a kid that hates potatoes. 😦 Although I know when I do make baked potatoes as a main dish for supper, he’ll at least pick off the toppings. Maybe even get a bite of that vegetable by mistake. 😉
For me, baked potato recipes need to be simple. While I know potatoes are best cooked in the oven, I almost always take a short cut and cook them in the microwave. Some of the newer microwaves even have a setting for cooking potatoes, which can come in handy. Regardless though, you’ll want to cook them at least 8-10 minutes. Most know this but I feel the need to say it anyway – do NOT wrap them in foil as you would in the oven! Foil is a metal and WILL destroy your microwave! (I’ve seen microwaves smoke with something as small as a twisty tie).
As you wait for the potatoes to cook, you can decide what toppings to put on. If you are doing this as a main dish, you’ll want some form of meat on top. Chili with meat and beans work the best. If you have leftover chili, perfect. If not, just grab a can of chili with mean and beans. You can heat it up real quick after the potatoes are done.
After you have potatoes and chili, the rest is up to you. Just set out cheese, sour cream, chives, bacon bits, or any other topping that works on a potato. If your family has a suggestion, no matter how strange it is, take note of it! Who knows what new baked potato recipes you can come up with. 😉