Baked potatoes, a timeless classic, are more than just a side dish – they’re a canvas for culinary creativity! Baked to fork-tender, this baked potato recipe needs to be on the menu for your next family dinner night! These would be great served with oven-roasted chicken breasts!
How to Make The Perfect Baked Potato
Start with the right foundation – choose high-quality russet or Idaho potatoes. Their starchy interior is key to achieving that sought-after fluffiness. Before baking, scrub the potatoes thoroughly and pat them dry. Prick the skins with a fork to allow steam to escape during baking. Bake the potatoes until they have a crispy skin and a tender inside.
Now, here’s where the magic happens – toppings! Load up your baked potato with a variety of choices. The possibilities are endless, catering to every palate. Better yet? Make up a baked potato bar! Here are some of the classic toppings you could include:
- sour cream
- chopped onions
- bacon bits
- cheddar cheese
- cheese sauce
- sauteed or steamed veggies
- Green onions
Baked potatoes aren’t just a sidekick – they can steal the spotlight as the main course. Pair them with a crisp lemon parmesan kale salad for a balanced and satisfying meal! Add them to your holiday dinner menu alongside Maple Glazed Ham and Texas Roadhouse Rolls!
- 8 russet potatoes, washed
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Wash potatoes and pat dry with a paper towel. Using a fork, pierce 8-10 holes around the surface of each potato.
- Coat each potato with canola oil and salt.
- Place the coated potatoes on the lined baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour, or until potatoes are fork-tender.
- Remove baked potatoes from the oven and let cool before serving.