Perfect Baked Potatoes


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
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • 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

Disclosure: It is my pleasure to be working with the  Idaho Potato Commission to help spread the word about delicious Idaho® potatoes.

~ Marla Meridith

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54 thoughts on “Perfect Baked Potatoes

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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 🙂

    1. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!!!

  7. 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!