The Best Baked Potato

The best baked potato has a crispy skin that crunches when you cut into it. Not steamed in foil. Baked. There are few things that are as easy as or as good as a great baked potato.

Cheesy Broccoli Baked PotatoesHere’s how we make our baked potatoes in the oven. If you’re wanting to try something, sweet potatoes on a smoker or grill takes traditional baking of potatoes to a whole new place.

The Best Baked Potato
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Serves: 2
  • 2 large Russet potatoes
  • Olive or canola oil
  • Sea salt (or fleur de sel)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Rinse the potatoes under cold water and brush off any dirt. Dry well with a paper towel.
  3. Pierce each potato 4 times with a sharp knife.
  4. Brush potatoes with oil.
  5. Sprinkle some salt onto a plate and roll the potatoes in the salt.
  6. Place potatoes directly on the oven center rack. You might want to put a baking sheet lined with foil beneath them to catch any drippings.
  7. Bake until potatoes are done (210 F internal temperature, or tender all the way through when poked with a knife), 40-60 minutes depending on their size. You can also test for doneness by squeezing the potatoes (with potholders on). If they give easily, they are done.

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