Long holiday weekends usually mean a big barbecue for my family. And a barbecue isn't complete without a delicious baked potato on the side! There are a few ways to cook potatoes but my favorite is in the oven. It's simple, easy and the results are delicious! The softest skins with perfectly cooked insides!
So here's what you need:
(4) russet baking potatoes
baking sheet covered in tin foil
First, preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Next, wash your potatoes off thoroughly. Use a vegetable scrubber if necessary. Then pierce the skin of each potato with the fork several times. Now rub a good amount (about a teaspoon) of olive oil onto the skin of each potato. (I use my hands to do this) Place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle generously with coarse salt.
Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on size and thickness of the potatoes. (Best way to tell if they're done is to stick a fork in the center. If the potato is finished cooking, it will be easy to push the fork through with no resistance.)
Back in the day, I was a server at Outback Steakhouse. The servers were expected to cut the baked potatoes right before bringing them to their customers so we were taught a little trick to getting that pretty, fluffy, smooshed potato look. All you have to do is make a slit with a knife from end to end then squeeze the two ends together (using your thumb and middle fingers) toward the middle! It makes even the ugliest potato more round and makes it easier to fill with yummy toppings! My favorite toppings are what you see below. I devoured this potato after taking its pictures. :) Soft, buttery skin and all! Enjoy!
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