Baked potatoes are a delicious and easy-to-make side dish that can be enjoyed in various ways. In this article, I will instruct you to make baked potatoes that are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

1. Tips To Bake Potato Perfectly

Russet potatoes are the best for baking because they have a high starch content and a low moisture content, which means they will become fluffy when baked.

Use a fork to poke several holes in each potato. This will allow steam to escape during baking and prevent the potatoes from exploding in the oven.

If you prefer crispy skin and speed up cooking time, baking potatoes without foil is the way to go. The skin will dry out and become crispy when baked directly in the oven. So shouldn’t potatoes be wrapped in foil to bake.

2. Baked Potatoes Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 medium-sized russet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).

Wash the potatoes thoroughly and dry them with a clean towel. Next, use a fork to poke several holes in each potato.

Rub each potato with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Then place the potatoes directly on the oven rack or on a baking sheet.

Bake for 45-60 minutes at 400°F ( this is the best temperature to bake potatoes ), or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork. 

Once the potatoes are done, remove them from the oven and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.

Slice open and fluff the center. Serve the potatoes with your favorite toppings

Baked Potatoes Recipe

3. What To Put On Baked Potato?

Toppings are an essential part of enjoying baked potatoes. Here are some popular ways to top baked potatoes:

Butter: A classic topping for baked potatoes is a dollop of butter. Allow the butter to melt into the potato before adding additional toppings.

Sour cream: Another classic topping is a spoonful of sour cream. It adds a creamy and tangy flavor to the potato.

Chives: Sprinkle chopped chives on top of the potato for a fresh and oniony flavor.

Bacon bits: Crispy bacon bits add a smoky and salty flavor to baked potatoes.

Shredded cheese: Add a generous amount of shredded cheese on top of the potato, then pop it back into the oven for a few minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Chili: Top the baked potato with your favorite chili recipe and add shredded cheese and sour cream for a hearty and filling meal.

Salsa: A spoonful of salsa adds a spicy and zesty flavor to baked potatoes.

Guacamole: Add a dollop of guacamole on top of the potato for a fresh and creamy topping.

With baked potatoes recipe in this article, you can achieve the perfect balance of crispy skin and fluffy interior every time. So the next time you’re in the mood for a comforting and satisfying side dish or meal, consider whipping up some delicious baked potatoes.

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