The perfect baked potato has a crispy skin and is nice and fluffy on the inside, learn how to cook the best baked potato to come out of the oven.
Let me be clear – this is not a quick recipe for baked potatoes – I tried a few different recipes and tried to decrease the actual cooking time but one thing I’ve found over the years is that you can’t rush a good baked potato.
But, the good news is they are very low maintenance once you shove them in the oven. You only really need to check them once – so with a bit of planning you can get the potatoes started early and forget about them while you fix up the rest of dinner for the gang.
For me, baked potatoes are a late summer/autumn thing. I associate them with summer barbecues but I’m not often inclined to have the oven at 400+ degrees in the kitchen on a stinking hot Southern California day.
Once the days cool down a bit and it’s still good bbq weather (which to be honest is all of winter here) I’ll tend to add baked potatoes to the bbq side dish artillery. They are so simple and delicious with a bit of butter, salt and pepper or a scoop of sour cream as a topping.