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How to Make the Perfect Baked Potato Recipe

The Perfect Baked Potato Recipe

With a crispy skin coated in butter and sea salt, this flavorful and fluffy baked potato is the perfect dinner recipe for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike! Top with butter, salt & pepper, sour cream, shredded cheese, fresh chives, and bacon bits to make it a loaded potato!

Ingredients

for potato:

  • 6-8 medium-to-large Russet potatoes scrubbed clean of any dirt
  • 1 –2 teaspoons melted butter or olive oil
  • coarse sea salt

optional toppings:

  • butter
  • salt & pepper
  • sour cream
  • shredded cheese
  • fresh chives
  • bacon bits

Instructions 

  • Pre-heat oven to 450°F.  Line a large baking sheet with foil (or a Silpat), and if you happen to own a wire cooling rack, place it on top of the baking sheet.
  • Using a large fork, poke the potato at least 10 times on all sides. Place the potato on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.  Remove the baking sheet from the oven.
  • Brush with butter (or olive oil). Using a pastry brush, brush the outside of the potato with melted butter or olive oil until it is completely coated on all sides.  Sprinkle the potato with a generous amount of coarse sea salt, and place the potato back on the baking sheet reverse-side-up, so that it can cook evenly on both sides.
  • Bake for an additional 20-30 minutes or until the potato is soft when squeezed with an oven mitt.
  • When potatoes are done, using a small paring knife to slice halfway through the potato lengthwise, then give it a gentle squeeze to open.
  • Serve immediately with your desired toppings!