How to Make Homemade Baked Potatoes

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Baked potatoes are a side dish that can complement just about any meat entree, including barbecue chicken, steak or even turkey. A baked potato should have a crispy skin and be creamy inside; which can only be accomplished by the way it is prepared. The most important step in making a homemade baked potato is the use of Russet potatoes, which are also known as baking potatoes.

Things You'll Need

  • Large Russet potatoes
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Soft brush
  • Fork and knife
  • Paper towel
  • Move a rack to the center of the oven and preheat it to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Wash the Russet potatoes under cool water and use a soft brush to remove any dirt from the skin. Pat the potatoes dry with a paper towel.

  • Poke the skin of the potatoes with a fork. Make anywhere from 6 to 10 pokes in the potato, depending on its size.

  • Lightly coat each potato in extra virgin olive oil. Do not saturate the potatoes.

  • Use Kosher salt to season the skin of the potato.

  • Place the potatoes directly on the rack in your oven, keeping them as centered as possible. Bake for 45 minutes or until the skins are wrinkled, crispy and slightly puffed.

  • Remove the potatoes from the oven and turn off the heat. Place each potato on a plate and use a knife to cut down its center. Use your hands to push both edges of the potato together to make it blossom open.

  • Serve with sour cream, chives, bacon or shredded cheddar cheese.

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