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It's around 6 'o clock at night. A familiar craving hits your stomach. You've ignored it for weeks, but tonight you just can't shake it. You want a potato. More than anything in the world, you want a potato right now. And you will have it. I will show you how you can have your potato in under 20 minutes time.
 
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Step 1: Wash it!

First you need to wash your potato. This ensures you get any residual dirt off the skin of the potato and keeps you from getting sick from said dirt. To wash it, just run it under some cold water and scrub it gently. You don't need to go crazy on this step.

Step 2: Prepare it! - Phase One

Get a fork and poke a ring off holes around the circumference of your potato on the longest side. These holes should be as deep as your fork's length. The reason you do this is to let moisture from the potato escape and keep it from exploding in the microwave. Also, they help you cut your potato later on.

Step 3: Cook it!

Place your potato in your microwave on a plate of some sort. Set the timer to six minutes on high power. Once it's done, flip your potato over and cook it for six more minutes. After it's done cooking, take it out of the microwave. Be careful, it's hot. By the way, most microwaves differ, so you are going to want to check your potato every 3 minutes or so by stabbing it with a knife and checking for resistance. You have PKM to thank for this helpful information.

Step 4: Prepare it! - Phase Two

Now that your potato is nice and cooked, you are going to want to get it ready to eat. First, you should cut it in half along the lines you poked earlier. Next, you need to crush it up a bit so you can eat it easier. Then you should add salt and butter. Last, add whatever toppings you'd like. These could be anything from sour cream to bacon bits. I myself prefer it with just salt and butter, but most people like more.
why mash it up if its a baked potato, they are meant to be eaten in chunks not in a pulvrized mess
if you havent had homemade mashed potatoes... your missing out!!
i have but the ible is on microwave baked potatoes not microwave mashed potatoes
drakuz5 years ago
there NEEDS to be a step by step tutorial on this?.... why?...
piks5 years ago
Ha! I fell for that old wives tale about exploding potatoes, it's not true. I gave up spiking my potatoes years ago and never had one explode on me!
EPL piks5 years ago
well maybe it has to be in there for a certain amount of time
EPL5 years ago
nice and u must really like image notes
Ryanbighead5 years ago
I generally poke the thing to hell with holes, makes me feel like it will cook faster. Also helps with salt and butter getting nice and deep into the tatty.
NachoMahma5 years ago
. Good job. Much better than I was expecting when I read the title . You may want to point out that cooking time will vary with the microwave's power.
PKM NachoMahma5 years ago
Nacho has a point, my 850W microwave would set fire to a potato in 12 minutes. I usually give mine 9 or 10, and those are big potatoes. For the microwave-potato newb I suggest checking (stab with sharp knife, feel for resistance) and turning every 3 minutes until you get a feel for your microwave's potential.

Other good fillings include tuna, mayo and tabasco or cheese and Marmite (sorry, yeast extract). In general if it would make a good sandwich it's probably a good potato filling. Make that a good savoury sandwich- I'm not convinced by the concept of a Nutella potato.
leather5 years ago
When I do this, I wrap the tatter in several paper towels, and then dampen them. Helps keep it soft, and adds a mild steaming effect.