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Perfect baked potatoes with crispy skin and a fluffy, buttery interior are a kitchen staple that you need to know how to prepare.
Far from their average spud, these baked potatoes can be topped with ingredients to make a hearty meal or stuffed with butter and cheese for an extraordinary accompaniment.
It is not difficult to make baked potatoes that everyone will rave about. I use a lot of olive oil, kosher salt and just the right amount of time in the oven to make potatoes that really deserve the "perfect" label.
Perfect baked potatoes
If you've tended to ignore baked potatoes as a boring dish, now is the time to reconsider your stance. I guarantee that these perfect baked potatoes can change your mind.
Too often, baked potatoes are waxy with hard skin, or overcooked and soft. When is it done right? Baked potatoes are delicious and are eaten alone with a little salt and butter or topped with your favorite ingredients. The possibilities are endless.
Potatoes are inexpensive and almost universally loved, so knowing how to bake a potato perfectly can save you in many food preparation emergencies.
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Almost everyone loves potatoes, and there are so many ways to serve baked potatoes that you really can't go wrong adding them to your meal rotation.
Baked potato ingredients
Everyone has their favorite way to beat a baked potato. You can't go wrong with a classic combination of butter, cheese, sour cream, bacon, and chives.
Grated cheddar cheese and jack cheese are common favorites to top your potatoes, but really any type of grated cheese you like will be good! You can use your favorite brand of store-bought bacon bits or make homemade bacon pieces by cooking the bacon in the oven and then mincing it small.
I also love to have fun experimenting with less traditional fillings and toppings.
Baked potatoes stuffed with barbecue chicken are among my favorite ways to serve potatoes. The tender chicken pieces topped with barbecue sauce are a fantastic filling for a perfectly crispy and tender baked potato. I also made a variation of this recipe with turkey instead of chicken and it's just as good.
A simultaneous desire for tacos and baked potatoes led to the creation of beef tacos and black beans. Juicy beef, beans, and cheese, this recipe satisfied cravings.
A ladle full of chili is also an amazing way to turn a baked potato into a complete and satisfying meal. Four Bean and Chipotle Chili would be delicious on top of a crispy, fluffy baked potato for a vegetarian dinner.
Meat lovers will love the five-bean hot chili stuffed potatoes with steak and sausage and topped with a handful of grated cheddar cheese.
Baked potatoes are simple and homey for a casual meal during the week and elegant enough for a meat dinner. Is it too much to call them the Little Black Dress for potato recipes? Maybe, but you understand the idea.
Russet potatoes are the best type of potato to bake thanks to their high starch content and thicker skin. The high ratio of starch to moisture means that all the butter and sour cream you put in your porridge will be absorbed directly into the potato.
Russets also tend to be slightly larger than other types of potatoes, making them perfect for holding all of those delicious ingredients.
That being said, you can use any potato you love as a baked potato! I often use very thin skinned gold or Dutch potatoes when I know I am baking them for use in the recipes below.
How to bake a potato
Perfect baked potatoes begin by washing your potatoes in cold water. Potatoes grow in the ground, so if you don't want them to know their origin, you should scrub them well. A bristled brush or rough sponge should do the job.
After washing your potatoes, be sure to dry them completely. You're about to cover your potatoes with oil that doesn't stick to the potato's damp skin.
A generous pinch of salt is the final ingredient before putting these potatoes in the oven for baking. Along with adding flavor, the salt helps the potato skin become crispy without becoming tough and tough.
Even if you usually leave the skin behind when you dig into a baked potato, the skin on these perfect potatoes is so good that you don't want to leave a little on your plate.
How long to bake a potato
Baking your potatoes for the right time is essential to creating a finished product worthy of being called "perfect."
I think an hour, plus or minus a few minutes, is usually the right time to bake the potatoes to the end and create that delicious crispy skin that makes these potatoes stand out from the rest.
Of course, factors such as the size of your potatoes, the amount of potatoes you are baking at one time, and the accuracy of your oven will all have an effect on how long you bake a potato. The last thing you want to finish is a raw potato on your plate!
To make sure your potatoes are done, check them with a fork. Your fork should easily pierce the potato and slide in. The skin of the potatoes should look brown and crisp, not soggy or smooth. Be sure to fluff the inside with the fork after cutting the finished potatoes in half.
Baked potato recipes
I love potatoes, and over the years I have found many more ways to enjoy this favorite starchy vegetable without having my family eat the same recipe for baked potatoes every day. (Although even if I did make them eat baked potatoes every day, I'm not sure there are any complaints!)
My twice baked potato sauce was inspired by the cheesy, fluffy filling of a twice baked potato. I turned it into a delicious party sauce so we could dip our fries in more potatoes! (We know how to have fun in this house.)
These roasted potatoes with garlic and chipotle sauce are another fun and tasty meal for the party. While not exactly a typical baked potato recipe, these oven-roasted potatoes are made even better by dipping them in a creamy, spicy sauce.
If you are a fan of roasted potatoes, these rosemary roasted potatoes are about to become your favorite garnish. There's something almost magical about the way a pinch of fresh rosemary transforms basic potatoes.
Baked chicken and broccoli casserole with potatoes are the best parts of a loaded baked potato served as a casserole. It combines easily and is a great way to add a little broccoli to your kids' dinner too!
Then there is the baked potato soup. All the lusciousness of a baked potato tucked into a creamy, comforting soup, this recipe can be prepared on the stove or in the electric pot and is ideal for warming up a cold winter day.
Crispy Potatoes with Cheese and Bacon, Roasted Potatoes with Turmeric and Potatoes with Salt are a few more potato recipes that you will love.
Slow Cooked Potato and Shrimp Soup by Big Bears Wife is sure to heat you up on a cold night and these The Cookie Rookie's Crockpot Potatoes with Garlic and Ranch sound fantastic too.
Perfect baked potatoes
Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, the perfect baked potato is EASY to make!
Preparation time: 5 minutes.
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 5 minutes
- 6 large russet potatoes
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 teaspoons of kosher salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rub the potatoes to remove all the dirt, then rinse and dry thoroughly. Punch several holes in each potato with a fork, and then place them on a baking sheet.
Drizzle each potato with about 1 teaspoon of oil. Rub the oil over each potato. Generously sprinkle each potato with salt and then place in the oven.
Bake for just over an hour, until the fork is tender. They should be crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
When the potatoes are finished, remove them from the oven and cut them in the center and fluff them with a fork. Cover each potato with the ingredients of your choice. Enjoy!
Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 38 g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 785mg | Potassium: 888 mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 12.1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1.8mg
Baked Perfect Potatoes