The Perfect Baked Potato Recipe

The Perfect Baked Potato Recipe

baked potatoI look at a baked potato and see possibilities.  To me baked potatoes are like a blank canvas; blank, pristine, and ready for some creativity.  Baked potatoes really are quite versatile.  They can be a side dish or the main course depending on the toppings you pile on them.  But before you start piling on the fixings you must first make the canvas.  That’s where the perfect baked potato is a must, after all you can’t create your masterpiece on a wrinkled canvas!

When I’m in a rush and craving a baked potato I use my handy microwave potato bag.   (affiliate link).  It’s easy and fast, you have a pretty good baked potato in less than 10 minutes.  But it’s not the perfect baked potato, that takes more time to cook.

The perfect baked potato must be soft and fluffy, its skin must be just browned, a bit crisp, and tasty.  And most of all it must not be shriveled!  So with just a bit more patience you too can make the perfect baked potato.  It doesn’t require fabulous kitchen skills, just 3 basic ingredients, elbow grease, and patience.  Here’s how you can dazzle friends and family with the perfect baked potato!

Ingredients:

4 large Russet Potatoes

Olive Oil

Coarse Sea Salt

Your favorite toppings

Proceedure:

Pre-heat oven to 350°

Scrub potatoes very well – I use a green scouring pad to do this.  Make sure you scrub off the dusty outer layer.

Poke the potato all over with a fork or knife – make at least 6-7 holes

Rub each potato with olive oil

Sprinkle generously with coarse sea salt

Place potatoes directly on to oven rack – place a pan beneath them to catch any drips

Bake for 90 minutes

Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes

Slit top across lengthwise

Pinch either side of the potato and lightly squeeze so that a bit of the inside fluffs out

Add your favorite toppings. I love mine simple, just butter, sour cream, and chives please!

 

 

 

The Perfect Baked Potato
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4 Potatoes
Servings
4 Potatoes
The Perfect Baked Potato
Print Recipe
Servings
4 Potatoes
Servings
4 Potatoes
Ingredients
Servings: Potatoes
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°
  2. Scrub potatoes very well - I use a green scouring pad to do this. Make sure you scrub off the dusty outer layer.
  3. Poke the potato all over with a fork or knife - make at least 6-7 holes
  4. Rub each potato with olive oil
  5. Sprinkle generously with coarse sea salt
  6. Place potatoes directly on to oven rack - place a pan beneath them to catch any drips
  7. Bake for 90 minutes
  8. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes
  9. Slit top across lengthwise
  10. Pinch either side of the potato and lightly squeeze so that a bit of the inside fluffs out
  11. Add your favorite toppings.
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