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About this recipe: Add this rich garlic topping to simple baked potatoes and they become a delicious, filling and nutritious meal.
*To oven-bake potatoes, preheat the oven to 220°C (200°C fan oven), gas 7. For four people, scrub 8 x 180g potatoes with a brush and prick all over with a fork. Push a metal skewer through each potato (this conducts heat to the middle of the potato so that it cooks faster). Bake for 50 minutes-1 hour; the skewers will come out easily when the potatoes are cooked. Cut a deep cross in the top of each potato and squeeze it open, holding it with a clean tea towel.
*For speed, you can ‘bake’ potatoes in a microwave. Prick the skin in several places with a sharp knife (this stops them exploding). For a 180g potato, microwave on High for 3 1/2 minutes. Turn and microwave for a further 1-2 minutes or until tender. Leave to ‘rest’ for a couple of minutes before serving. Cooking more than one potato at a time will take longer: four will take about 8 minutes.