Baked Potatoes: 5 Best Oven Recipes For You

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Baked Potatoes
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Are you looking for crispy, delicious, baked potatoes oven recipes? There are many ways to bake potatoes and, here are some of the best-baked potato recipes.

The smell of warm, delicious baked potatoes with a nice homemade meal can cheer up anyone. A perfect baked potato is a dish that can be enjoyed with different toppings, like sour cream, cheese, and bacon. You can enjoy eating baked potato as a snack or side dish with chicken, meatloaf, and salads; it also has soft fluffy insides with crispy skin.

You can learn how to bake a potato. There are endless ways to make perfect baked potatoes, and you can add many ingredients to make the seasoning or just the simple kosher salt, black pepper, or stuff the potato with cheese, sour cream, bacon. So let us look into some recipes on how to bake a potato in an oven.

Which is the best potato for baking?

Russet potatoes are high-fructose potatoes that give a pale, mealy texture when baked. Russet potatoes are perfect for baking. These high fiber potatoes provide an elegant-looking mealy, light texture. It makes it a good choice for baking potatoes in the oven.

All you need to make a good baked potato are four simple ingredients, a few minutes of active prep time, and a hot oven. Before you even know it, our baked potatoes are ready to be served in minutes and don’t forget to add the toppings of your choice.

1. Easy Baked Potato Recipe

The perfect baked potato is crispy outside and fluffy interior in the middle. The ideal potato is ready to get whatever toppings sprinkled cheese to the leftover gravy last night. Baking a potato in the oven takes slightly longer than zapping them in the microwave. Just remember to put the timer on.

Before you start cooking, preheat the oven at 210 C (425F) while preparing the potatoes. First, thoroughly wash the potatoes and be careful not to peel off the skin (take one potato- small, larger potatoes depending on the number of people).

For the seasoning, drizzle some olive oil on the potatoes using your hands or a pastry brush. Now generously apply kosher salt and black pepper on both sides, place the potatoes directly inside the preheated oven.

Before you start baking potatoes, make sure to use a fork to prick the potatoes, it allows the steam to escape from the potatoes. If you don’t let the smoke out, there is a chance that the potato explodes inside the oven. Don’t forget to place the potatoes on aluminum paper.

To make sure that the baked potatoes are done perfectly, prick it with a fork. Place the potatoes directly into the oven for 50 minutes to 1 hour in between, flip the potatoes every 20 minutes. The potato will have crispy baked skin on the outside, soft fluffy inside, and the baked potatoes are done. Serve the baked potatoes while it’s still hot with some green onions, sour cream as toppings.

You can also use small baby potatoes, and the only difference is the cooking time and oven temperature: preheat the oven at 204 C (400F) for 30 to 40 minutes. This is one of the best- baked potatoes recipes and, it is easy to bake.

Do not forget to rub some oil on the potato, coarse kosher salt and, freshly ground black pepper. Please place it in the oven racks and, the thick skin will be more crispy. Once the baked potatoes are done, put some sour cream, parsley, or any favorite toppings.

Note if you are using aluminum foil, the potato skin will be smoother, and the baked potatoes will stay warm for a longer time. But if you want crispy skin for the baked potatoes, then do not use aluminum foil; instead, use a baking sheet and serve immediately. This baked potato recipe helps to; make the perfect potato with crispy skin and fluffy insides; it is a great comfort meal.

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2. Perfect Baked Potato Recipe For Cheese lovers

What are a better combination than cheese and baked potato for anyone who loves potatoes, and is it the perfect side dish with salads, meatloaf, and chicken? Preheat the oven to 210 C (425 F), wash the potatoes thoroughly and make sure not to peel the skin (take one potato per person and use russet potatoes).

Now thoroughly spread olive oil, rub salt and pepper on it and place potatoes into the oven. Prick the Potatoes with a fork, or you will have exploding potatoes inside the oven.

The baking time for the potatoes is 50 minutes to 1 hour, then poke the potatoes with the fork to check if it is done, then take the baked potatoes out and wait for a minute. Do not forget to wear oven mitts while taking out the loaded baked potatoes.

Scoop out the potato flesh, put it in a bowl mix ⅓ cup of cheese (preferable cheddar cheese), sour cream, butter, kosher salt, and black pepper. Then put the baked potatoes stuffed with cheese back inside the oven and bake them again for about 15 to 20 minutes. Then serve it immediately and enjoy your perfect baked potatoes with cheese.

Baked potatoes with cheese
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3. Crispy Baked Potato Recipe

To make delicious crispy baked potato wedges, first thoroughly wash the potatoes. Then cut them into half then place the cut side down and cut it into half. Now place the quarter cut side up and cut it in the middle again. Now you get eight wedge slices from one potato(use russet potatoes).

For the potatoes to have extra crispy skin, soak them in hot water for 10 minutes (not boiling but hot). After this, make sure to pat dry the potatoes and then drizzle some olive oil and rub salt on it. Then generously add some garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper and place the potatoes on the baking sheet. Mind you, don’t forget to preheat the oven at 204 C (400 F).

Place the potato in the oven rack and bake it for a cooking time of 50 minutes to 1 hour, flip them every 30 minutes, then prick it with a fork to know if it is done. Do not forget to wear oven mitts while taking out the potatoes.

Serve it while it’s hot and enjoy crispy baked potatoes, and you can also sprinkle some salt and pepper or some garlic powder in the end.

This is entirely optional, but you can add cheese ( cheddar cheese ), sprinkle some on top, and place the potato on a parchment paper or baking sheet back for a cooking time of 5 to 10 minutes. This is one of the best-baked potato recipes that everyone can enjoy eating.

Baked Potato Wedges
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4. Crispy Hassel Back Baked Potato Recipe

This baked potato recipe is a little different, and you have to be careful while using the knife. While cutting the potatoes, make deep vertical cuts ⅛- inch apart, make sure not to miss the potato all the way through so the slices remain attached at the bottom.

You can use chopsticks to help in cutting the potatoes ( use russet potato). While preparing the potatoes, preheat the oven at 210 C (425F). For the seasoning, drizzle or rub oil on the potato using a pastry brush, butter, Kosher salt, parmesan cheese, and garlic powder in between each slice.

Bake potatoes for 50 minutes to 1 hour or wait until the potatoes turn golden brown with crispy skin. Then serve the baked potatoes while it’s hot with green onions. Do not forget to wear oven mitts while taking out the potatoes. This is one of those best-baked potato recipes that can be enjoyed as a side dish with steak.

5. Twice-Baked Potatoes Recipe

The twice-baked potato is named for how they are made. The whole potato is cooked until thick flesh is reached. The insides of the potato flesh are scooped out and mixed with bacon, cheese, butter, and cream to create the ultimate mashed potato filling. The mashed potato filling is put back into the empty skin and baked once again; till deliciously golden and bubbling.

To make twice-baked potatoes first, preheat the oven at 204C (400F). Until then, wash the potatoes ( use russet potato) thoroughly.

For the seasoning, rub olive oil on the potato, salt, and freshly ground pepper, and make sure to poke potatoes with a fork. Prick the potatoes from the tip of a knife so that steam escapes from the baked potatoes. You can place the potatoes on the baking sheet or put them about two inches apart on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.

Place the baked potatoes on a baking sheet to cool off and then cut a thin layer of baked potato skins from each potato. Now scoop out the potato flesh and place it in a bowl, then add a stick of butter, ½ cup of sour cream, 1 cup of cheese, and some green onions. Mix the mixture well so that the potato filling is fluffy inside with some chunks.

Fill the mixture inside the potatoes and top it off with some more cheddar cheese. Bake the stuffed potatoes for 15 minutes, and there you have it, the twice-baked potatoes. You can enjoy eating the twice-baked potatoes as a meal or as a side dish. ( Do not forget to wear an oven mitt before you take out the potato)

This is one of the favorite potato recipes that I like or something everyone can enjoy together. The potatoes will have crispy skin and fluffy insides. The bonus part is that the extra layer of potato skin can be used chips or potato skin crispy chips.

If you are wondering what to do about the extra potato skins? Bake the potato skins again while baking the stuffed potatoes and it will become crispy baked potato chips, and top it off with your favorite toppings.

To reheat the twice-baked potatoes, place them back into the oven rack for 204C (400F) for 15 to 20 minutes. Also, add a little olive oil.

Twice Baked Potato
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How to Reheat the Baked Potato in an Oven?

Just in case if you decide to bake a potato early or there are some leftovers. Then these instructions will help.

To reheat the baked potato first, make sure the baked potato is at room temperature and preheat the oven at 210 C (425F). Place the potatoes on a cooking sheet or parchment paper. Place the potatoes inside the oven, and cook the potato for 10-12 minutes, flipping the potatoes in between the cooking time.

Now check if the potato is warm all the way and if it is not then, put it back in the oven for another three minutes. Once the baked potato is done, add your favorite toppings.

If you want to reheat the baked potatoes in a pan, make sure that the potatoes are at room temperature. Put some olive oil in the pan and wait for it to heat up. Then cut the potatoes in half and put the cut side in the pan. Cover the potatoes with a lid for three to four minutes, then flip the potato for another three minutes.

When you use a microwave for reheating baked potatoes, there is a chance to dry the potatoes. To prevent that from happening, cut the potato in half and cover each half with a wet towelPlace the potato in a dish ( make sure that the dish or pan is microwave-safe) and bake it for 2 to 3  minutes, or until the potato is thoroughly heated up.

How to store the leftover baked potatoes? And things you can make from the leftovers!

Baked potatoes taste best straight from the oven. But if you want to make the potatoes ahead of time, then let the potato cool completely. Please place it in an airtight container, and store it for five days. Do not store the potato in a foil because experts warn that this has been linked to botulism.

To reheat the potato, make sure that the potato is at room temperature. Then bake at 180°C until it is warmed through, about 15 minutes.

As soon as the potato is golden, I place them on the side of a pan and pop an extra few ingredients in the center. A slice of quick meat and veggie is also lovely. You can add pieces of country sausage or some leftover sausage ham, bacon, or steak, and you have great comfort food ready. Any leftover potato would make a nice soup.

If you are worried about whether baked potatoes are good for your health…

Potato has been a staple food around the world for hundreds of years. You can fry or bake a potato and make cheese pancakes. So when you have potatoes daily, you need to know whether it is healthy or not.

If you are worried about gaining weight, don’t worry; the fiber in baked potatoes helps with digestion. Also, vitamin B6 helps break down carbohydrates and improves metabolism. Baked potatoes are full of choline, an essential nutrient that most people within the US don’t eat enough of.

Current research suggests that choline deficiency could also be a minimum of partly responsible for inflammatory diseases like atrophic arthritis and fibromyalgia. One of the benefits of eating baked potatoes is the choline will increase in your body and reduce inflammation.

The best thing about baked potato is that it is high in fiber, which helps with digestion. If you have digestion problems, then the high-fiber diet can help both diarrhea and constipation. If you have a health condition such as irritable bowel, there is no need to worry as this helps manage the symptoms and helps regulate digestion.

Nearly one-third of USA citizens have high cholesterol, putting them at higher risk of a heart condition and stroke. An interesting fact about baked potatoes is that they are naturally low-fat, low-cholesterol food. They’re also full of potassium, which some research suggests can significantly reduce heart condition risks.

Another interesting fact is that potatoes are a starchy vegetable with top quality protein and no fat, and it is also a great source of vitamins and minerals. It would help if you kept in mind that the cooking methods may change the macronutrient and micronutrient content in the potato.

Final Note

I hope this will help you to bake a potato into one of the best-baked potatoes. There are five different recipes here that will help you bake a potato perfectly without ruining it.

Don’t worry if it looks like dry potatoes; it could just be the crispy skin. There are also some recipe notes mentioned in between that will help you out. Now you do not need to worry about gaining weight or whether it will affect your diet. These recipes will help you make the best-baked potatoes. So enjoy the warm meal with your family.

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