How long to bake a potato

Here's how long to bake a potato for crispy skin and a fluffy, moist centre

how long to cook jacket potatoes in the oven
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Want the last word on how long to bake a potato so that it's done to perfection? The jacket potato is a lunchtime favourite that's easy to cook, makes for a cheap meal and can be enjoyed with virtually any filling, from melted cheese and tuna to bacon and salad. You can get really creative and turn the humble jacket potato into quite a fancy meal, or keep it simple with just cheese or mayo. This is how to cook your jacket potatoes to perfection. 

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How to cook jacket potatoes in the oven


1. Slather your jacket potatoes in olive oil, about a tablespoon each.

2. Preheat the oven to 220°C/Gas mark 7. Place the potatoes in the middle of an oven proof dish or baking tray and on the top shelf of the oven. 

3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 190°C/Gas mark 5 and bake for a further 45 minutes to an hour.

4. Take out the potatoes, let stand for five minutes. slice through the top part in the shape of a cross and give the flesh a gentle squeeze at the sides. Top with you favourite filling. 

Tip: Jacket potatoes get extremely hot, so try to give yours a bit of time before eating.