Baked Potato with Cheese Recipe

A delicious and simple recipe for a classic baked potato topped with melted cheese, perfect as a side dish or a comforting main course.


Ingredients

  • 4 large baking potatoes (such as Russet)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or your favorite cheese)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, chives, bacon bits, green onions

Instructions

  1. Preheat Oven:
    Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Prepare Potatoes:
    Wash the potatoes thoroughly and pat them dry with a paper towel. Use a fork to poke several holes in each potato to allow steam to escape during baking.
  3. Season Potatoes:
    Rub each potato with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. This will help the skin get crispy.
  4. Bake Potatoes:
    Place the potatoes directly on the middle rack of the preheated oven. Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender and a fork can easily pierce through them.
  5. Add Cheese:
    Remove the potatoes from the oven and carefully cut a slit in the top of each one. Gently squeeze the sides to open up the potato. Place 1/2 tablespoon of butter into each potato, then evenly distribute the shredded cheese on top.
  6. Melt Cheese:
    Return the potatoes to the oven for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted and bubbly.
  7. Serve:
    Remove the potatoes from the oven and let them cool slightly. Add any optional toppings such as sour cream, chives, bacon bits, or green onions. Serve immediately.

Enjoy your delicious baked potatoes with cheese!


Feel free to customize this recipe with your favorite types of cheese or additional toppings to make it your own!

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