This baked potato is the best. It is creamy, soft and fluffy and super easy to make!
It is a great side dish that you can serve with dinner. So are you ready to learn how to make baked potato? Join me in the bistro kitchen!
This dish fits perfect on the bistro menu and it is such a quick and simple recipe which is what are always looking for.
The oven is your best friend and does all the hard work. While your potatoes are baked you have time to do other things.
These potatoes are soft and fluffy and great to serve with lots of recipes take look below for suggestions.
What is the best potato for baking?
To make a baked potato you need potatoes. There are a lot of different potatoes but the best potato for baked potato is Russet potatoes.
If you can’t find Russet potatoes select a potato that is high in starch and has a mealy texture.
Oven-baked potato ingredients
To make this very simple side dish recipe you need just a couple of ingredients. So put the following items on your grocery shopping list:
- Olive oil
- Sour cream
- Grated cheese
How to make baked potatoes
So how do you make this recipe? Simple. Start with scrubbing the potatoes with water and pat them dry.
Prick the potatoes with a fork and rub the potatoes with olive oil.
Then preheat the oven to 375℉ and bake the potatoes for 1 hour on a rack in the middle of the oven.
You can line the rack with foil but do not wrap the potato in foil.
In the meanwhile bake the bacon in a medium-hot skillet until crisp. Then cut the bacon into small pieces and set aside.
Take the potatoes out of the oven and cut the top of lengthwise. Remove the inside of the potato and put it in a bowl.
Add sour cream, bacon bits (save about 1 tablespoon) and 2 tablespoons grated cheese.
Mash the potatoes with a fork or a masher, and spoon back into the potato.
Sprinkle the baked potatoes with a teaspoon of extra grated cheese, chives and bacon bits.
Return the baked potatoes in the oven for 10 more minutes or until the cheese has melted and your side dish is ready to serve.
Do you have to wrap potatoes in foil to bake them?
The answer to this question is no, do not wrap potatoes in aluminum foil for baking. If you wrap potatoes in foil they will hold in moisture and it will steam the potatoes.
As a result, you will get boiled potatoes and also the texture of “boiled” potatoes so no foil required in this recipe.
Is a baked potato healthy?
A baked potato can be healthy and good for you. As long as you prepare the potatoes as described above and keep the butter and cheese to a minimum.
Potatoes are low in calories and contain about 110 calories when you prepare a medium-sized baked potato.
Can baked potatoes be made ahead of time?
You make baked potatoes ahead of time. When you have prepared the baked potatoes, let them cool first and store them in the fridge.
How to Reheat a Baked Potato in the Oven
You can easily reheat a baked potato in the oven. Follow the steps below:
- Preheat your oven to 350℉
- Place the baked potatoes on an oven rack in the middle of the oven
- Leave the baked potato in the oven for 20 minutes
- Take the potatoes out of the oven, and enjoy
Serve baked potatoes with
You can serve the baked potatoes with a number of great recipes. Take a look at the delicious recipe:
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- 2 potatoes (medium to big potatoes)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 slices of bacon
- 1-2 tablespoons sour cream
- 2 tablespoons grated cheese
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- Scrub potatoes with water and pat dry. Prick the potato with a fork. Rub 1 tablespoon olive oil on the potatoes
- Preheat the oven to 375℉ and bake the potatoes for 1 hour in the middle of the oven on a rack. You can put foil on the rack
- Bake bacon until crisp and cut into small pieces.
- Take the potatoes out of the oven and cut the top of lengthwise. Remove the inside of the potato and put it in a bowl
- Add sour cream, bacon bits (save about 1 tablespoon) and 2 tablespoons grated cheese
- Mash the potatoes with a fork and spoon back into the potato
- Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon extra grated cheese, chives, and bacon bits
- In the oven for 10 more minutes or until the cheese has melted
An alternative to speed it up:
- Microwave the potato for 5 minutes
- Heat the oven to 450°F
- Rub skin with oil and bake the potato for about 20 minutes (the heat will help crisping up the skin of the potato)
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 329Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 298mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 10g