The Ultimate Baked Potato
- Serves: 4
- Active Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
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Step 1: Prepping & Baking the Potato• 4 russet potatoes (approx 2½ lb), scrubbed clean
• oil, for rubbing
• coarse sea salt (such as Fleur de sel or Maldon)
• freshly ground black pepper
To start, preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Note: For even crispier skin, the potatoes can be cooked in a 450°F oven. Just keep an eye on them, as the cooking time may be a bit less.
Next, poke the potatoes all over with a fork and rub with oil; use an oil with a high smoke point; season generously with salt and pepper. Note: Feel free to experiment with other spices, if desired.
To bake the potatoes, place them directly on the oven rack and bake for 60 to 75 minutes, or until a knife goes in very easily. When ready, the inside should be soft, yet the skin should nice and crisp.
Step 2: Garnishing & Serving the Baked Potato• non-diary butter, to taste
• freshly minced chives or green onions, to taste
• Cashew Sour Cream, to taste
• sea salt, to taste
• freshly ground black pepper, to taste
To garnish the potato, carefully cut open each potato; season with salt and pepper and top with your favorite toppings.
The cashew cream goes particularly well with these potatoes. Note: For a thicker “sour cream” texture, do not add as much liquid to the Cashew Sour Cream recipe.
Serve immediately. These potatoes are so satisfying that they can be served as a main meal with a nice salad.