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How to Make the Perfect Baked Potato

One of my favorite ways to serve leftovers is on a baked potato.  Italian, Southwest, barbecue or Mediterranean flavors- it doesn’t matter, they’re all great on a baked potato.  I have great way to bake potatoes in the oven, and wanted to share my simple method to get the perfect baked potato every time!

How to make the perfect Baked Potato every time. (plus a few potato topping ideas.)

When choosing your potato, make sure to use a good baking potato such as a russet potato, (russets have high levels of starch and are best for baking and mashing.) Try to choose potatoes that are similar in size, this will help keep the potatoes cook evenly.

Remove any eyes (sprouts) and cut off any discolored spots. Wash potatoes using a scrubber and pat dry.
Preheat oven to 425. (I always use the convection setting.)

Place potatoes on a cooking stone or baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, and turn potato in oil to ensure evenly coated. Sprinkle with salt.
Use a knife and make two to three cuts in the skin.
Cook potatoes for 40 to 55 minutes depending on the size.  At 40 minutes use a thermometer to check the potatoes, once the internal temperature reaches 210 degrees they are ready!

Need more ideas for baked potatoes?  These are just a couple of our favorite toppings:

  • Chicken, salsa, cheese and sour cream (any type of southwest flavored chicken beef or pork)
  • Leftover brisket, barbecue sauce and cheese
  • Broccoli and Velveeta
  • pizza sauce, mozzarella and pepperoni
  • Chicken, diced green chilies and cream cheese
  • Chili and cheese (A couple of weeks ago, I had chili cheese hot dogs on the menu.  Unfortunately, when I looked at the buns, they were moldy!  Instead, I gave the kids chili, cheese and hot dog baked potatoes and they loved it!)

Since the kids are at their cousins for a few days, baked potatoes are on the menu tonight! Hubby and I are having baked potatoes with Chicken, salsa, cheese and sour cream  for dinner tonight.  Yummy!

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