Perfect Baked Potato
Simple basics: Here's how to bake a potato so it's perfectly cooked every time."A simple yet great recipe! We stopped wrapping our potatoes with foil many years ago. We change-up the method just slightly and add a little salt as well. We first prick the potatoes with a fork, then toss in a bowl with oil and use our hands to thoroughly coat. I like to then toss the potatoes with a little kosher salt before placing in the oven. For our taste, we let the potatoes cook completely through in the oven, for an hour maybe more depending on size, or until the skins crisp-up a smidgen. We eat the whole potato, skin and all, and enjoy the crisp, lightly salted skin immensely." - chefhoward76
Yield: 1 Serving Ready in 1 hours
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Perfect Baked Potato Preparation
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Thoroughly wash and scrub the potato. Pat dry with paper towel. Moisten paper towel with vegetable oil and rub it all over the potato -- this will help keep the potato from drying out during the long baking time. Optionally, salt the outside of the potato. (Do not use pepper at this stage, as pepper burns.) Place a cookie sheet or pan underneath to catch any drippings, if at all. Prick the potato with a fork or knife several times to let the steam escape without tearing the skin.
Place in the oven on the middle rack, and bake for 50 minutes. Using oven mitts, remove from oven and wrap in aluminum foil (optional); this will keep the moisture in for another 10 minutes as it continues to cook.
Serve; add optional toppings.
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