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Baked Potatoes in a Breville Oven

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beckmill

Baked Potatoes in a Breville Oven

I'm 68 and can cook enough to stay alive, but that's about it. I just bought a new Breville Toaster Oven (the BOV800XL model) and was stunned when I couldn't find anything in the owner's manual about how long and at what temperature to bake a potato. I'm sure I must be missing something, but I'm truly stumped. Can any of you nice people suggest something so I won't have to trial-and-error the problem, please?? Thanks in advance.

Warren

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LisaAlissa

I'm not surprised that your toaster-oven's manual doesn't details about baking potatoes.  What you need is a good general cookbook.  Check your local library/bookstore if you don't have one.  Another alternative is an on-line site like allrecipes.com.  

While I haven't done it in a toaster oven, baking potatoes is relatively simple.  The time will depend on what kind/size of potato you use, and there are lots of suggestions for things you can add to the process (coating in salt, rubbing in oil/butter, etc.), but here's what I do.  

I pierce each potato with a sandwich spreader/knife (I put the potato sideways on a cutting board and put the knife all the way through the potato--although not piercing the skin on the other side--you end up w/ a wide slit in the potato).  Then I put it in the oven--right on the rack.  The temperature can be anywhere from 350F to 425F (depending on what else I'm doing in the oven).  I start trying to squeeze the potatoes (with a pot holder or oven mitt) 45 minutes after I put them in.  If they "give" when I squeeze, they're done.  If not, I check again in 15 minutes.

You can leave them in a while longer after they pass the "squeeze" test, just don't leave them in so long they burn.  That's about it.  

And if you want to speed them up, start them up in your microwave...after piercing, microwave the potatoes for about 3-5 minutes per potato, then put them in the (regular) oven.  Start checking them 20-30 minutes after you put them in the oven (instead of 45 minutes). 

HTH,

LisaAlissa

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beckmill

Thank you, LisaAlissa. (What a beautiful name, incidentally!) Extremely helpful.

One more question: Does a baked potato taste better if it's done w/the convection feature on or off? I guess the question I'm really asking is what the effect is of the convection feature. I watched a video on this oven on the Williams-Sonoma website, and the 'star' there said the convection feature would reduce cooking time by about 15-20%. Thanks again.

Warren

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KMIAA

We have the Breville Oven.  My husband says you can bake them about 1 hr and 15 minutes.  He bakes them longer as I like mine really, really done.  He bakes a Sweet Potato for me and a Idaho Potato for himself.  He adjusts the time if the potatos are smaller.  He usually get medium size and he bakes them at 450 degrees.  This is just a guideline, as you may like yours less done.

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beckmill

That's very helpful. Thank you so much. - Warren

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EvaB

but regular ovens I do! I bake my potatoes pierced with a fork all over (just wash the potatoes and stab with fork, not so deeply that its difficult to get the tines out) place on the oven rack and bake at 400°F for at least one hour. A toaster oven might be a bit shorter time, depending on the size of the potatoe, and the actualy temperature the oven reaches.

I also roast whole fresh corn onthe cob the same way, pull the silk out, and leave the husks on, you can trim off the hard bottom end somewhat if you need to. Bake in the 400°F oven for an hour. You can turn the cobs part way through the time, and also can turn the potatoes but its not really needed. I trim off the long leaves of the cobs, so it covers the corn but doesn't wave around in the air (they can catch on fire) we do the same thing on the bbq, using the upper rack and then my husband starts the meat about 30-45 minutes after the vegetables are started, best meal is a steak or chops with baked potatoes, and baked corn on the cob, lots of butter and a fresh green salad! Soooo good.

By the way roasted potatoes make lovely potatoe salad if they last that long, when I was a kid, a treat was a cold roasted potato for bedtime snack, slice and spread with thin butter and salt lightly YUM!!!!