Vivian Howard Wants You to Stop Doing This with Your Baked Potatoes
North Carolina Chef, restaurant owner, writer, and TV personality Vivian Howard has taken to social media to make a very important plea; Stop putting aluminum foil on your potatoes when you bake them.
The newly named South's Best Chef said in a recent Instagram post, "if you swaddle your potatoes in foil, watch my stories & learn why potatoes are better baked in their birthday suits! #justthetipstuesdays"
She then took to her Instagram stories to further explain why this culinary crime offends her just so very much. She begins with a photo of a potato nestled in an aluminum foil jacket and she imagines the narrative of said potato. "Hi. I'm a potato baked in foil. I have soggy, tasteless skin." There is also a sticker on this photo that shows a cartoon potato with a sad face that says, "Officially a sad potato."
So, there is the root of her animosity for foil-wrapped taters. The shiny barrier prohibits the skin from getting that crispy, extra-tasty punch of flavor and texture.
Howard then continued her stories with various ways to make your baked potato instead of the sad potato method. One version, she suggests baking them "naked with olive oil and salt." She adds that this will make their skins "chewy and satisfying."
Then, all through the humorous voice of the potato itself, she gives several other delicious cooking suggestions like sharing the sheet pan with beef ribs. "The cooker woman rolled me around in beef fat and now I'm unctuous like a French fry."
She also suggested that baking your potato nestled up with a roasted chicken is her favorite cooking method.
Howard even went so far as to show that treating the outside of the potato nicely means it can even be an edible vessel for other food.
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Next time you're thinking about baked potatoes, heed Chef Howard's advice. You won't be disappointed.