I 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!
4 large Russet Potatoes
Coarse Sea Salt
Your favorite toppings
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!