Perfectly Baked Potato Recipe

Learn how to make the ultimate baked potato with this easy-to-follow recipe. Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, these potatoes are perfect as a side dish or a simple meal on their own.

Ingredients

  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Optional toppings: butter, sour cream, shredded cheese, chives, bacon bits

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Wash the potatoes thoroughly under cold running water to remove any dirt. Pat them dry with paper towels.
  3. Use a fork to pierce the potatoes several times on all sides. This allows steam to escape while they bake and prevents them from bursting.
  4. Rub each potato with olive oil, ensuring they are evenly coated. This will help the skins crisp up during baking.
  5. Sprinkle a generous amount of salt over the oiled potatoes, rubbing it into the skin.
  6. Place the potatoes directly on the oven rack or on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure there is enough space between them for air to circulate.
  7. Bake the potatoes for 50-60 minutes, or until they are tender when pierced with a fork. The exact cooking time may vary depending on the size of your potatoes and your oven.
  8. Once the potatoes are fully cooked, remove them from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before handling.
  9. To serve, slice each potato open lengthwise with a knife and fluff up the insides with a fork.
  10. Add your favorite toppings such as butter, sour cream, shredded cheese, chives, or bacon bits.
  11. Serve immediately and enjoy your perfectly baked potatoes!

Tip: For extra crispy skins, you can rub the potatoes with a little extra olive oil and salt before baking, or finish them under the broiler for a few minutes after they are done baking.

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