Baked Potato with Salsa
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Baked Potato with Salsa
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Thoroughly wash the potatoes. A vegetable brush may be helpful, but be careful not to damage the potato skin. For baking, it is best to select a potato that has a minimum of bad spots to remove.
You may bake the potatoes in either a microwave or a conventional oven. If cooking fewer than four large potatoes using a microwave oven is quicker, taking only about five minutes per pound; however, the skins will not get crispy as they would in a conventional oven. If baking in a conventional oven, bake at 350 degrees F. for about one hour.
Place the potatoes in a glass or ceramic baking dish for baking in a microwave oven, or if using a conventional oven, place the potatoes on a rack or baking stoneware. Before placing in the oven, use a knife to punch two or three holes in the top of each potato to allow steam to escape during baking. The potatoes are finished baking when they "give" when lightly squeezed.
When the potatoes are baked, remove from the oven, place each potato on an individual plate, and slice 3/4 of the way through each potato in both a lengthwise and widthwise direction, making four equal sized quarters. Squeeze the four sections of a potato near the base so that the top opens outwardly, as shown in the photo above. Spoon on a liberal amount of salsa.
Enjoy with a large tossed salad. It makes a meal.
The above recipe is in keeping with God's creation intent (Genesis 1:29-31): 'Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground-- everything that has the breath of life in it-- I give every green plant for food." And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.' (NIV) Let no animal suffer or die that we may live! (d-32)
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