DINNER

Baked potatoes

Baked potatoes

Baked potatoes are a classic and versatile dish that are easy to prepare. Here’s a simple recipe to make delicious baked potatoes:

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes (russet or baking potatoes work best)
  • Olive oil or melted butter
  • Salt
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped chives, bacon bits, etc.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Prepare Potatoes: Wash the potatoes thoroughly under running water to remove any dirt. Pat them dry with paper towels.
  3. Poke Potatoes: Use a fork to poke several holes around each potato. This allows steam to escape while they bake and prevents them from bursting.
  4. Coat Potatoes: Rub each potato with olive oil or melted butter. This helps to crisp up the skin as it bakes. Sprinkle salt generously over each potato.

  1. Bake Potatoes: Place the potatoes directly on the oven rack or on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.
  2. Check for Doneness: You can check if the potatoes are done by gently squeezing them. They should give slightly when pressed.
  3. Serve: Once the potatoes are done, remove them from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before handling. Slice each potato open lengthwise and fluff the insides with a fork. Add your favorite toppings such as sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped chives, bacon bits, or any other toppings you prefer.
  4. Enjoy: Serve the baked potatoes hot as a side dish or as a main course with your favorite accompaniments.

Baked potatoes are incredibly versatile, so feel free to get creative with your toppings and seasonings to suit your taste preferences!

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