Step 1: You will need…
- 4 large potatoes
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- sea salt
- 4 generous knobs butter, about 2 tablespoons each
- 1 bowl
- 1 fork
- kitchen roll
Step 2: Preheat the oven
Set the oven to 180ºC (350ºF/ gas mark 4).
Step 3: Wash the potatoes
Place the bowl of potatoes in the sink and rinse them well under a cold running tap, turning occasionally to ensure they are thoroughly clean.
Step 4: Dry the potatoes
Put a piece of kitchen roll onto a flat working surface, place the potatoes on top and pat them dry with a second piece of kitchen roll.
Step 5: Pierce the potatoes
Take a fork and pierce each potato 8-10 times, all over. This releases the moisture when cooking and stops them going soggy. Place them into a large bowl, pour over the oil and mix well with your hand. Sprinkle over a generous amount of salt and mix well once more.
Step 6: Bake
Place the potatoes in the centre of the oven on a wire rack and bake for 1 hour until they become crispy on the outside and fluffy and soft in the middle.
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Place a baking tray underneath, prelined with foil to catch any drippings and to keep your oven nice and clean!
Step 8: Remove from the oven
Remove the potatoes when cooked and transfer them onto a large serving plate.
Step 9: Cut the potatoes
Make a long slit with a large knife across the potato but not completely to the edge. Then make a slit downwards, to create a cross. Push the potato together to open it up and add a generous knob of butter. Repeat with all four potatoes.
Step 10: Serve
Your potatoes can be served on their own or with a wide variety of toppings, like grated cheese or baked beans.