Potatoes can be can be boiled, roasted or steamed until tender, then mashed, puréed or simply just served as they are.
Bake potatoes in an oven to create fluffy-centred jacket potatoes. They can be served unadulterated with a little butter, salt and pepper, or with a topping of your choice (grated cheese, beans, tuna mayo, salt cod – the list is endless). To reduce the baking time, potatoes can be microwaved prior to baking to crisp up the skin.
Similarly, potatoes can be roasted. Often this method will recommend that the potatoes are cut into chips or wedges first, before being par-boiled and roasted in vegetable oil, duck or goose fat.
Whichever method you use, the size of the potato will determine the cooking time. To check a potato is cooked, use a skewer or fork - the potatoes should be soft all the way through.
Not to forget that potatoes can also be fried at temperature of 180°C to create one of the favourite forms-chips!