Baked potato in the oven is a simple and popular dish made by baking whole potatoes in their skins until they are tender and fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside.

Baked Potato in Oven

Recipe by Nitdb
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

40

minutes
Cooking time

45

minutes

To make baked potatoes in the oven, you typically start by washing and scrubbing the potatoes to remove any dirt. Then, you poke several holes in each potato with a fork to allow steam to escape during baking.

Ingredients

  • Russet potatoes (as many as needed)

  • Olive oil (optional)

  • Salt (optional)

  • Toppings of your choice (e.g., butter, sour cream, cheese, chives, bacon)

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 375-425°F (190-220°C), depending on your preference and how crispy you want the potato skins to be.
  • Wash and scrub the potatoes thoroughly under running water to remove any dirt.
  • Using a fork, pierce each potato several times on all sides. This allows steam to escape during baking and prevents the potatoes from bursting.
  • If desired, rub each potato with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt. This step is optional but helps to crisp up the skins and adds flavor.
  • Place the prepared potatoes directly on the oven rack or on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Make sure there is enough space between the potatoes for air to circulate.
  • Bake the potatoes in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until they are tender when pierced with a fork or knife. The exact baking time will depend on the size of the potatoes and the temperature of your oven.
  • Once the potatoes are baked, remove them from the oven and let them cool slightly for a few minutes.
  • To serve, slice each potato open lengthwise with a knife and fluff up the insides with a fork. Add your favorite toppings such as butter, sour cream, cheese, chives, bacon, or any other toppings you like.
  • Serve the baked potatoes hot and enjoy!


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