Baked Potato Recipe

A simple yet delicious baked potato recipe that is perfect as a side dish or a main course. This recipe results in a fluffy interior and crispy skin, ideal for topping with your favorite ingredients like butter, cheese, sour cream, and chives.

Ingredients

  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Optional toppings:
  • Butter
  • Shredded cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Chives
  • Bacon bits

Instructions

  1. Preheat the Oven:
  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  1. Prepare the Potatoes:
  • Scrub the potatoes thoroughly under running water to remove any dirt. Pat them dry with a paper towel.
  1. Pierce the Potatoes:
  • Use a fork to pierce each potato several times. This allows steam to escape during baking, preventing the potatoes from bursting.
  1. Coat with Olive Oil and Salt:
  • Rub each potato with olive oil, ensuring they are evenly coated.
  • Sprinkle the sea salt over the potatoes, distributing it evenly.
  1. Bake the Potatoes:
  • Place the potatoes directly on the oven rack. For easier cleanup, you can place a baking sheet on the rack below to catch any drippings.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork. The skin should be crispy.
  1. Serve:
  • Remove the potatoes from the oven. Use a knife to make a slit down the center of each potato and gently squeeze the ends to open it up.
  • Add your favorite toppings like butter, shredded cheese, sour cream, chives, and bacon bits.
  1. Enjoy:
  • Serve the baked potatoes hot and enjoy their delicious, fluffy interior and crispy skin.

Feel free to adjust the toppings according to your taste preferences. This baked potato recipe is versatile and can be customized to suit any meal.

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