I have always wanted light and fluffy baked potatoes like I would get in nice steakhouses, but NEVER could do it at home! I found this recipe and holy cow.. IT WORKED!! :D Who'd a thunk? Key is to start with a mealy fleshed potato - Idaho is best I find. And the salt draws the moisture out of the potato while baking, making it light and fluffy!! It really works! Ingredient amounts are just there because they have to be, but use however many potatoes you need.
These potatoes are a staple in our home. Whether accompanying roast lamb or chicken, or just on their own, we have them a couple of times a week. They are delicious and the ones that get overly-brown in the pan and stick a bit are MINE! Clean up is a little tricky with this recipe, unless you line your pans with foil, but I find that just filling the pan up with hot, sudsy water and forgetting for an hour (something I apparently have no problem doing ;-)) helps a lot.
These are easy to make and can be made hours in advance or a day ahead and chilled until ready to pop in the oven, instead of cheddar you can use a mixture of you favorite cheeses, I like using marbled mixed with the cheddar. If you are serving these as an appetizer you can use 10-12 small russet potatoes instead of large --- all ingredients may be adjusted to taste --- these are very good!