The Best Baked Potato

The best kind of magic: comforting complex carbs!

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Why don’t people get more excited about baked potatoes? I mean, they’re good! They often get over looked for mashed or roasted, but a perfect baked potato is a thing of beauty. 

Crisp and salty potato skins with the fluffiest potato-y insides?! Oh my gosh, they are the epitome of pure. Add some toppings on and seriously, they might be the most perfect easy-to-make and even easier-to-eat potato out there.

Confession: I was that weird kid that ordered Wendy’s baked potatoes. I mean, I get why no one gets excited about those baked potatoes – they’re often wrinkly and not at all fluffy inside – but a proper baked potato? Those are perfection!

In my books, there are three things you need to have to be considered a perfect baked potato: crispy salty skins, fluffy insides, and piping steamy heat. A proper baked potato is so incredibly easy you’ll wonder why you’ve overlooked them your whole life.

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How to bake a potato

  1. Wash and dry your potato. Give it a good scrub and then make sure it’s completely dry.
  2. Poke. I have never had a potato explode on me but I also don’t want to clean up exploded potatoes, so I always give my potatoes pokes with a fork.
  3. Rub with oil. No foil jacket here – all you need to do is loving rub your potato with a bit of oil.
  4. Salt. Chanel your inner salt bae and make it rain salt. The oil will help the salt stick to the skin.
  5. Bake. Bake your potato, on a rack in a very hot oven. Give it a flip half way through to encourage even baking.
  6. Make Fluffy. After your potatoes are baked, use clean oven mitts (or a clean kitchen towel) to squeeze and massage your potato a bit.
  7. Slice and serve. Cut a little opening, use a fork to fluff, and serve! I like them pure with a pat of really good grass-fed butter and flaky sea salt, but I never ever say no to baked potato toppings!

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