Whether you’re serving them oozing with chili and cheese or slathered with butter as a simple accompaniment to a steak dinner, baked potatoes make for a tasty, versatile side dish. But perhaps you found you made too many and now have leftovers. Don’t pitch that potato. Here’s how you can make sure they taste as great in the few days following as they did when you first pulled them out of the oven.
The best way to reheat a potato: The oven
No question about it, the best way to reheat a baked potato is in the oven. This method keeps potatoes moist while skin stays crispy and delicious. The downside is that it takes a lot longer than zapping the potato in the microwave, but the extra time is totally worth it.
First, remove potatoes from fridge and let them warm up to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Place potatoes directly on oven rack and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the potato is heated through the center.
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The best way to reheat a potato in the microwave
If you simply must reheat your baked potato in the microwave, try this method: Cut the potato in half and wrap each half in a damp paper towel (This will help it from drying out). Place the potato on a dish and heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
The best way to reheat a baked potato on the grill
If you’re already firing up the grill for dinner, it just makes sense to reheat your spuds there, too. Wrap them in foil and place on the grill for about 10-15 minutes, turning them halfway through. Potatoes will turn out crispy and delicious. Aim for about 400ºF.
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The best way to reheat a baked potato on the stovetop
The stovetop is another, often overlooked, option for reheating baked potatoes. Add a little olive oil to a skillet over medium heat. Cut potato in half then place the cut sides down on the pan. Cover with lid and let cook for about four minutes. Flip potatoes and let cook for another 3-4 minutes so skins and sides get crispy.
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