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Perfect baked potato with green onion, bacon, cheese on a wooden cutting board.
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5 from 12 votes

Perfect Baked Potato

One of my favorite comfort foods is a perfect baked potato. I love eating the outer skin along with all those wonderful toppings.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Cooling time5 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, buttery, cheese, crispy, easy
Servings: 1 Person
Calories: 522kcal
Author: Matt Taylor

Equipment

  • Fork
  • Bowl
  • spoon
  • Tongs
  • Cutting board

Ingredients

  • 1 large russet potato you can use other kinds
  • 2 tsp of Olive oil you can use vegetable or canola (8ml)
  • 1 pinch of kosher salt or any coarse salt

Toppings

  • 1 tbsp butter 14g
  • 2 tbsp sour cream 30g
  • 1 tbsp chopped yellow onion 4g
  • 2 tbsp shredded cheddar cheese 12g
  • 1 strip of bacon, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a pinch of green onion

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F/176 C. Set the rack in the middle position.
  • Wash and dry your potatoes. Then poke holes in them with a fork.
  • Place the potato or potatoes in a bowl and drizzle the oil on them. Make sure they are coated all over. Then sprinkle on the Kosher salt.
  • Place the potatoes in the oven directly on the rack and bake for 75 to 90 minutes. Until they are soft when poked with a fork. The outer skin will be a little crispy/crunchy. You may put a sheet pan on the rack below the potatoes to catch any drippings if desired.
  • Remove the potatoes with tongs and allow them to cool for a few minutes. Then slit them lengthwise with a knife and press on the ends to open up the potato. Top with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

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Notes

Note: The perfect baked potato's nutritional facts will vary greatly depending on your toppings. The below facts represent the recipe as is. 
Perfect baked potato nutritional facts