Who knew almost no real effort was needed to make delicious baked potatoes. There’s tons of ways to to bake a potato, and while this is not the only way, I can guarantee you that this recipe will leave you with a crispy crust.
Cooking potatoes covered in foil reduces the crispy skin and will actually make your potatoes mushy. Maybe If you are making mashed potatoes, foil would be okay, but otherwise it’s best to leave it off.
Poking holes in your potatoes is recommended to keep them from building up excess amounts of steam and exploding in the oven. I’ve heard of many people who have forgotten to poke holes in their potatoes and had no issues, but I think it’s better to be safe than sorry. At least when it comes to potatoes.
I’ll write more about the recipe below, but I don’t want to take up too much space with my notes.
Crispy Baked Potatos
- 4 large russet potatoes
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp course sea salt
- 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- Preheat oven to 425.
- Scrub potatoes and poke holes in them with a fork.
- Cover potatoes with oil and rub with salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder.
- place potatoes on baking sheet and cook for 50 minutes.
- Top with cheese, sour cream, butter, and green onions.
A few more thoughts and tips about potatoes.
I got overwhelmed looking at baked potato recipes, and it almost made me not want to try baking them. That being said, after trying multiple recipes, I’ve found that a russet potato can be cooked multiple ways and still taste delicious. There’s not single perfect way to cook a potato, which is nice because it leaves very little margin for error. I’ts not like baking a cake where everything has to be measured perfectly and baked for the exact amount of time. Chances are, cooking your potatoes for an extra 5 to 10 minutes isn’t going to noticeably affect the flavor all that much. That being said, because it’s so easy and nearly impossible to screw up, I strongly encourage everyone to give baked potatoes a try.
I’ll try and add some topping variations for baked potatoes in the future.
If you liked the potato recipe and are looking for some other simple recipes, you should consider my omelette recipe.