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Perfect Baked Potatoes

A baked potato is a simple yet super-versatile dish. Delicious as a side, or wonderful as a meal, they are filling and a great source of vitamins. While you could throw any old potato in the oven, there are some do's and don'ts when it comes to baking potatoes. For my tips on perfecting the baked potato,


  • The best baked potatoes are flaky and fluffy when served. Mature, baking russet potatoes are ideal for maximum flakiness.
  • Boiling and all-purpose potatoes require less baking time.
  • Never wrap the potatoes in foil. Too much moisture is retained, which will restrict fluffiness.
  • To remove moisture from potatoes, bake on a bed of rock salt.
  • Don't scrub the potatoes.
  • When microwaving potatoes, be sure to turn often so the skins don't get crispy or burn.
  • Scrumptious toppings include: sour cream, cheese (cheddar, goat, blue, ricotta, Parmesan, feta), crumbled bacon, cubed ham, pepperoni, spinach, green onions, chives, parsley, black beans, smoked salmon, butter, ketchup, salsa, olive oil, salt, pepper, broccoli, ranch, roasted garlic, chili.

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