Baked potatoes: the secret to making them golden and crunchy

Baked potatoes, which the secret to making them golden and crunchy? If you have not yet found your magic formula for obtaining baked potatoes practically perfect, soft inside and with a nice crunchy and golden crust on the outside, here are some tips that could be useful in the kitchen.

We had already proposed a collection of recipes to prepare the baked potatoes classic, au gratin or stuffed, but now we focus on the most useful tips to get a really tasty side dish to bring to the table for you, for friends and for the whole family.

Here are our tricks for getting some golden and crispy baked potatoes.


Soak the potatoes

Baked potatoes will be more crunchy if they have released some of the starch into the water. Before baking you can leave them to soak in cold water for about ten minutes after having peeled, washed and sliced. Remember to drain and dry the potatoes well before placing them on the baking sheet for cooking. Soaking is also useful when you want to peel and slice potatoes in advance, you can't cook them right away and you want to prevent them from blackening.

Boil the potatoes before putting them in the oven

Boil the potatoes briefly in boiling water before putting them in the oven to obtain golden and crispy baked potatoes. It will be enough for you blanch the potatoes in a pot of boiling water for five minutes before putting them in the oven and after having already peeled and cut them into wedges.

Sprinkle the potatoes with the breadcrumbs

You can also try to make your potatoes crispier sprinkle them with breadcrumbs before putting them in the oven. This way they will form a nice crust. You can also add a few needles of rosemary to flavor them.

Raise the oven temperature

If you feel like your baked potatoes are struggling to brown and crunchy, maybe you should raise the cooking temperature towards the end. For example, you could try going from 180 ° C to 200-220 ° C towards the end of cooking. Remember to stir the potatoes from time to time so that cooking is uniform.

Turn on the grill

When your potatoes are cooked but not yet golden brown, turn on the grill and move the pan towards the top of the oven to finish cooking. Thanks to the grill, the surface of your potatoes will become golden and crunchy.

Baked potatoes: the secret to making them golden and crunchy

Sauté the potatoes in the pan

If your baked potatoes are always quite pale and not very crunchy, try a brown them in a pan with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Stir with a wooden spoon in a non-stick pan keeping the stove on medium heat until you have obtained the desired result.

Brush the potatoes with extra virgin olive oil

One of the simplest tricks for getting golden and crispy baked potatoes is to brush them with extra virgin olive oil before cooking. Complete the seasoning with a pinch of salt, pepper and herbs from your city, or with paprika.

Cut the potatoes well

If you want your potatoes to cook evenly and become crispy in the oven in a short time, don't forget the importance of slicing them well. Potatoes become crunchy without problems especially when the cut into thin slices or matchstick. If you prefer diced potatoes, remember not to form too large pieces because baked potatoes should not only be crispy on the outside but also well cooked on the inside.

Prepare the potatoes au gratin in the oven

Maybe you are not only looking for crispier potatoes but also for a richer dish. The advice is then to slice the potatoes thinly and arrange them in a pan brushed with extra virgin olive oil, overlapping them slightly. Sprinkle the potatoes with breadcrumbs, grated cheese or chopped almonds (or almond flour) and season them with salt, pepper and herbs from your city. The baked potatoes au gratin they are also excellent seasoned with turmeric and / or curry. Finish cooking by raising the oven temperature or bringing the pan to the grill.

Bake the potatoes in the oven with the peel

If you want to cook the potatoes in the oven with the peel and make them crunchy, the advice is to divide them in half and sprinkle with extra virgin olive oil, herbs from your city and a pinch of salt the part that remains without peel. You can also think of preparing stuffed baked potatoes in the 'baked potato' style. Thin-skinned potatoes cook better. Here the recipes.

Which ones are they your tricks to make baked potatoes golden and crunchy?

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