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How do you make your baked potato skins crispy?

Asked by SamIAm (8633 points ) March 26th, 2011

I accidentally made one part of my potato super crispy the other day (I didn’t rub the oil/salt around and it got really hard and crispy) and it was AMAZING. I haven’t been able to duplicate that.

I’ve looked online but the answers weren’t that helpful. I’m trying to make these potatoes as healthy as possible.

Any tips?

Also, while we’re on the topic, what are your favorite toppings? I like fat free sour cream, fresh chives, a little fake butter and hot sauce

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ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Never tried this, but I would think it would work if you just left them under the broiler for a few minutes.
Is it good to have a crispy skin? I don’t think I’ve ever had it that way, never strived for it either, but it sounds interesting.

zenvelo's avatar

Just cook them longer, at a little bit higher heat. A full hour at 400.

I don’t do anything to them besides washing them and making sure I’ve sunk a fork in three or four times.

hug_of_war's avatar

How high is your oven at? Potatoes do best at higher temperatures (I usually do 425–450)

rooeytoo's avatar

I do them in the microwave first because I am always in a hurry, then I crisp them up in a very hot oven for about 15 minutes. Works great and @ANef_is_Enuf , I can’t believe you never had a baked potato with a crispy skin, you gotta try it, it’s the best!

And I just like a little olive oil or butter on mine, well salt and pepper of course.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Fair enough, I’ll do that soon.

I like to dump a big pile of broccoli over mine and a little salt and pepper.

rooeytoo's avatar

Yep that’s good too. I like baked beans on top to add protein, with sriacha, it tastes great!

SamIAm's avatar

I did try to put it in at 425 for over an hour… it was delicious but not crispy. My oven calibration must be off (Thanksgiving turkey proved that one) but I figured higher heat was better anyway. I’m going to try to nuke it like @rooeytoo suggested then pop it in a really hot oven with oil and salt.
@ANef_is_Enuf: I do the broccoli too… with tomatoes, chives, a slice of reduced fat swiss and some sour cream. Derish.

harshacontra's avatar

Cooking longer may help you.

GoJessGo's avatar

Rub the skin of the potato with butter…

patriciabugzy1's avatar

glaze them with oil until golden brown!

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