This is sort of a gourmet version of the baked potato but it's quite an easy process. You end up with a potato skin so delectable that you feel compelled to eat it (which is where lots of the vitamins are.) I like to use baking-sized Russets for this recipe but you can use whatever you have. If you're baking smaller potatoes, just cut back on the time a bit. It's important that all the potatoes be about the same size to insure uniform doneness. Also, I use extra virgin olive oil because it comes from the first pressing and it's pure, not extracted by the use of chemicals as in the case of cheaper olive oils.
- Preheat the oven to 400-degrees F.
- Scrub and dry the potatoes.
- Use a fork to poke each potato a half dozen places about 1/2" deep -- this will prevent them from blowing up in the oven which can happen sometimes!
- Rub each potato all over with olive oil and lay them out on a baking pan. Then sprinkle the kosher salt over them and rub it all over each potato. Not all of it will cling to the potato but that's okay.
- Bake the potatoes on the baking pan on the lower-middle oven rack for one hour and then check one for tenderness by inserting a sharp knife into the center. It should insert very easily and smooth. If you hit a solid center, give them 10 more minutes and check them again.
- After the potatoes come out of the oven, you can brush off as much of the salt as you wish (I leave it on and that way I don't have to salt my potato.).
- Top the potatoes with any or all of the following condiments unless you prefer it vegetarian-style: crisp and crumbled bacon, butter, sour cream and chives, sharp cheddar cheese. (Vegetarians may want to sprinkle on a little Mrs. Dash garlic blend seasoning.).