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    Best Baked Potato

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    1 hr 10 mins

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    cooking_geek's Note:

    Another keeper from Alton Brown's show Good Eats! I don't make baked potatoes any other way now.

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    1. 1
      Heat oven to 350°F and position racks in top and bottom thirds.
    2. 2
      Wash potato (or potatoes) thoroughly with a stiff brush and cold running water.
    3. 3
      Dry, then using a standard fork poke 8 to 12 deep holes all over the spud so that moisture can escape during cooking.
    4. 4
      Place in a bowl and coat lightly with oil.
    5. 5
      Sprinkle with kosher salt and place potato directly on rack in middle of oven.
    6. 6
      Place a baking sheet (I put a piece of aluminum foil) on the lower rack to catch any drippings.
    7. 7
      Bake 1 hour or until skin feels crisp but flesh beneath feels soft.
    8. 8
      Serve by creating a dotted line from end to end with your fork, then crack the spud open by squeezing the ends towards one another.
    9. 9
      It will pop right open.
    10. 10
      But watch out, there will be some steam.
    11. 11
      NOTE: If you're cooking more than 4 potatoes, you'll need to extend the cooking time by up to 15 minutes.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 07, 2010


      This is truly a wonderful recipe for baked potatoes. All the previous reviews say exactly what I feel too. I will never bake potatoes any other way. I also use olive oil rather than canola, I feel it gives it a bit of extra flavor. Thanks for posting!!!

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    • on August 05, 2010


      Oh my God! It works!

      After years of stiff, hard baked potatoes, I am happy to say that I have produced restaurant-quality ones, thanks to this recipes. I poked 2 large russets 6 times each, then nuked them for 3 minutes, placed them on a plate and drizzled them with olive oil. Then I sprinkled them with garlic salt and put them in the toaster oven for about 35 minutes. I did the recipe's method of opening the potatoes, and it was like magic (just rip a paper towel in half--one side for each hand--to protect your hands while you are pushing the potato open). Fantastic! I will make these constantly.

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    • on January 04, 2010


      These turned out great! Admittedly, I've never attempted baked potatoes in the oven before (always microwaved them...and I knew I was missing out). Anyway, I wanted to have real baked potatoes with our dinner last night, and this is the recipe I (thankfully) chose. Easy to follow method. I did skip the salt and I don't like to bake things directly on the oven rack so I put the potatoes on a foil-lined cookie sheet to bake. Ended up with tender, perfectly baked potatoes. I really enjoyed the tip about splitting them open as well. As others have stated, I'll never bake potatoes any other way again. Thank you!

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    Nutritional Facts for Best Baked Potato

    Serving Size: 1 (369 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 284.1
    Calories from Fat 2
    Total Fat 0.3 g
    Saturated Fat 0.1 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 22.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 64.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 8.1 g
    Sugars 2.8 g
    Protein 7.4 g

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