14.200 Gamja Project (13) Nuked Potato with Cheese

Cycle 14 – Item 200

24 (Mon) July 2023

Nuked Potato with Cheese


by me

at home

-Changgok, Sujeong, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-


The Gamja Project (13)

In this series, I cook potato dishes using freshly harvested gamja gifted to us from a neighboring farmer at the cabin (for more background and related posts, see THE GAMJA PROJECT).

On my own for dinner, I made a single baked potato.  Technically, it wasn’t baked but rather microwaved.  The application hadn’t been part of the original plan (not that there was ever a plan, really), but recently the CNN mobile app recommended an article featuring easy dishes that college students should learn to make, including microwaved potatoes.

Most recipes, which tend to recommend the larger russet potato, call for 10 minutes.

Here’s the “recipe”:  First, poke a few holes in the skin with a fork, nuke on high for 5 minutes, turn over and nuke again for 3 minutes: a total cooking time of just 8 minutes – I air-fried a potato once, which took 60 minutes (see 11.308 Potatoes Golly, Too!).  Next, cut a slit down the middle, season the inside with salt + pepper + butter + items  for melting(e.g., shredded cheese), nuke for 1 minute.  Finally, garnish with fresh toppings (e.g., minced red onion, fresh parsley).

I’d intended just to split open the top, but the whole thing broke in half, Korean potatoes being so delicate once cooked.

Good.  The starchiness of the Korean potato made for a creamy interior, though the thin skin was a bit flabby.  And because the potato had broken open, the butter ended up melting onto the plate, rather than being absorbed into the potato.  Nevertheless, the laughably quick/easy preparation – the toppings and garnishes can be made within the 8-min cooking window – guarantees that the dish will become part of the regular rotation.

The butter was more of a dipping sauce.

1.2 kg of potatoes remaining.


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