baked potatoes

One of my favorite fall dinners is a baked potato, topped with some kind of chili or soup and greek yogurt.  But not just any baked potato will suffice.. I can only eat them if they have a crispy, salty skin.

And this, people, is how you make the perfect baked potato.

russet potato
olive oil
sea salt

Preheat oven to 400ºF. Scrub your potato with a brush, then pat dry. Using a knife, make several small slices all over the potato, to keep it from exploding while in the oven. Rub with a little bit of olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.

Place directly on the oven rack (I use the top one) and bake until the inside of the potato reaches 210ºF. I usually set my timer for 45 minutes, and go from there. Depending on the size of the potato, it generally takes anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour.


  1. Baked potatoes is the one dish I love eating whenever I'm back in England because the French have no clue how to make it. Hmmm, I think I might bake some this weekend!

  2. i can never get it right, i'll follow this and let you know. i made baked potato soup today with nice results

  3. Looks so good!

  4. I have been making these like mad lately! Dinner last night was baked potatoes & salad. Microwave baked potatoes don't hold a candle to these! Is that chili atop of those potatoes? Yes, please!!!

  5. Denise - it is chili! My favorite thing to top them with is broccoli leek soup.. but the other day we had leftover Texas Ranchero grilling beans left over from a barbecue, and it was a very close 2nd.

  6. Loved baked potatoes. So yum.

  7. holy crap. that looks ridiculously amazing. ive always wondered how to get the skin crunchy and salty. will have to try this out.

  8. Do you think Kosher salt would work in place of sea salt?
    And have you heard of Bullet potatoes? They sound so similar.