Ever since I went on the Idaho Potato Harvest Tour I have been thinking about potatoes non-stop. On that trip I became enlightened and excited about everything potato! My family is really happy about that because they LOVE potatoes.
One of the simplest and most comforting meals is a simple, perfect baked potato. I bake them in a Big Batch so we have them at the ready for a few days at a time.
Baked potatoes are great for…
- Project LunchBox
- Snacks + Mini Meals
- Any time you need a quick bite.
Have you ever had a baked potato for breakfast? It is a great way to start the day. Stay tuned for an awesome potato breakfast recipe I have for you really soon.
Another thing I love about Perfect Baked Potatoes is that they are adaptable & pair easily with any flavors you want.
Little piggy salt and pepper shakers always make a meal more fun!
Experiement with toppings! Love chili? Throw some on. Pesto? That would be great too. Slathered in tomato sauce and cheese is super tasty. My Bacon Guacamole Salsa recipe would be awesome too.
We love butter, garlic salt, cracked black pepper and fresh herbs. Simple and perfect!
Perfect Baked Potatoes just need a quick rinse, some pokes with a fork or knife (you don’t want them to explode in your oven) a massage with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
You need to be a little patient while they bake for about one hour. The bake time will vary according to the size of your potatoes, you know they are done when a fork easily pierces the baker. If the potato is hard, bake a little longer, that’s all there is to it.
The results are amazing! A crisp skin and tender potato.
Play with ingredients. Try a rub down with coconut oil, butter or ghee. Also play with seasonings. Our favorite is smoked paprika. Curry powder, chili seasoning, Herbes de Provence would all be amazing.
Also play with the kinds of potatoes you use. We love russets and red skinned potatoes.
Do you have any favorite baked potato recipes? Feel free to share your links in the comments.
Baked Potato Recipe Links
- BBQ Chicken Stuffed Baked Potato Tracey’s Culinary Adventures
- Brown Butter and Cheese Potato Cups Coupon Clipping Cook
- Everyone’s Favorite Teeny Tiny Potatoes MarlaMeridith.com
- Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup Baked By Rachel
- Southwest Loaded Baked Potato Skins
- Tandoori Aloo Potatoes Veg Recipes of India
Disclosure: It is my pleasure to be working with the Idaho Potato Commission to help spread the word about delicious Idaho® potatoes.
54 thoughts on “Perfect Baked Potatoes”
So warm and comforting, Marla. Baked potatoes just make any meal better, don’t they?
They really do Robyn 🙂 A happy thing indeed!
One of my all time favorite dinners is a big baked potato bar. So simple and comforting!!
I love the idea of baking them in batches…much easier for later on!!
Kristan, love the idea of a baked potato bar for family meals and parties!
I love baked potatoes Marla- they are comfort food in their most nutritious (and easy!) form 🙂
THOSE are seriously perfect.
I love a good baked potato!
I hosted a super bowl party last year, and my friends brought a “baked potato bar”, like your other commenter mentioned. It was such a hit! Especially because you could top the potato with whatever you wanted–it wasn’t done for you. Great for entertaining!
baked potatoes really make a meal super comforting – these really are perfect!
I do love a baked potato but I’ve never thought of having them for breakfast and I just love the idea of cooking a whole batch at once!
GIRL… those are some good looking potatoes!
Potatoes are a refrigerator pantry staple for me. When I’m stumped for what to make for dinner I can always make something with a potato. Your pictures are so pretty. Thank you very much for the mention too!
thanks for the link love marla.
loved the idea of baked potatoes for breakfast and that too in batches. following your through facebook and twitter.
I’ve never seen baked potatoes look more beautiful! Thanks for sharing your perfect recipe and all your fun ideas for adaptations, Marla. Hope you’re having a happy fall so far!
Beautiful taters! I just want to reach in and take a bite! A warm and perfectly baked potato is a simple delicacy!
The Little piggy salt and pepper shakers are TOO CUTE and love the spider web ketchup and mustard 🙂
Averie, it really is a simple delicacy and I LOVE that you can see it that way. Delicacies don’t have to be really expensive to have large impact. I flipped for those piggies when I saw them.
What beautiful potatoes! Looks like you guys had a blast on the trip.
We really did Angie ~ those Idaho farmers took great care of us!
Love this post! Thank you so much for helping us make the best simple things better. We will be having baked potatoes tonight. The pictures are making my mouth water!
Oh goodie Rebecca!! Hope you had a great potato feast 🙂
Fabulous post, you did your fellow traveling food bloggers PROUD with this gorgeous and inspiring potato-lovers feast. Great job.
Thanks so much Patti ~ I have so much fun and many giggles when I think about our FUN potato trip!
It looks amazing, on some pictures like small sandwiches.
Interesting Marta ~ I can see that 🙂
Love a good baked potato!
Love a crispy skin – these do look perfect!
Erin, that’s my favorite part 🙂
Those are the prettiest potatoes I’ve ever seen!
Why thank you Laura!
Holy Cow! I have been doing it wrong all these years! ust try your perfect version asap.
Oh Donna, I bet you make some GREAT baked potatoes!
They really look PERFECT. 😀 Fabulous!!!!
That’s genius to bake a bunch for now and later. I need to do that!
You gotta do the Big Batch Rachel – takes to long to wait on one at a time. So nice to have them ready to go.
Baked potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes. I’ve never tried topping with pesto, but now I am inspired. Thanks for sharing this delish recipe!
Allison, the pesto is awesome on potatoes ~ give it a whirl when you can 🙂
Oh my, pesto on potatoes… that’s brilliant! My Dad is really into potatoes but my Mom hates them! When she’d go traveling for business, Dad would make us loads of potato things… fries, baked potato, mashed potatoes… yum!
That is hilarious Leanne, sounds like it was a total potato party!
Those truly do look perfect!
Mmm I love the idea of smoked paprika on the potatoes!
Joanne, the smoked paprika is a total win!
I love, love, love baked potatoes and these do look perfect! I wish my husband liked them more.
Thanks Rachel…maybe with the right toppings your hubs could like them too? Maybe?
A loaded baked potato is one of my favorite comfort meals!
LOVE this post! Baked potato bar is a favorite in my house – simple to set up and fun to personalize your own tater. Your cute idea of serving a catsup cobweb with mustard will make it even more fun. Thank you, Marla!!!
Love baked potatoes! I havent had any in a long time though. Im going to need to make them again soon 🙂
There are few things that should never run out in my kitchen and potato is one of them! Love it, in shape and form, size and color 🙂
s+p, greek yogurt and steamed broccoli!! my fave. we do a baked potato bar every so often. the kids love it!
They look really scrumptious! Ah, baked/jacket potatoes remind me of England and pubs…
Marla, your gorge photos even make a simple baked potato look amazing!
Thanks Aida ~ never thought a simple baked potato would be so fun to shoot!
Found this on Pinterest and tried your recipe tonight. Potatoes turned out great! We had ours with chopped ham, sour cream and dill pickle pieces (interesting combo)! They were delicious. 🙂 Thx!
That sounds who wonderful Celeste! I must try the ham too 🙂