Russet potatoes (as many as desired)
Select Quality Potatoes:
Choose medium to large-sized Russet potatoes for the best results.
Their high starch content and fluffy texture make them ideal for baked potatoes.
Preheat the Oven:
Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
This ensures that the potatoes cook evenly and develop a crispy skin.
Clean and Dry Potatoes:
Wash the potatoes thoroughly under running water to remove any dirt.
Pat them dry with a clean kitchen towel.
Use a fork to poke several holes into each potato.
This allows steam to escape during baking, preventing the potatoes from bursting.
Apply the 1-Ingredient Upgrade:
Olive oil is the secret ingredient for enhancing the flavor and texture of your baked potatoes.
Drizzle a small amount of olive oil over each potato, ensuring they are well-coated.
Massage the Oil:
With clean hands, massage the olive oil into the skin of each potato, making sure to cover the entire surface.
This step helps to achieve a crispy and flavorful skin.
Sprinkle the potatoes with salt and pepper to taste.
You can also add other seasonings like garlic powder, rosemary, or paprika for additional flavor.
Bake in the Oven:
Place the prepared potatoes directly on the oven rack or on a baking sheet.
Bake for approximately 60-75 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.
Check for Doneness:
To ensure the potatoes are fully cooked, insert a fork or knife into the center.
If it slides in easily, the potatoes are ready.
Once the potatoes are done, remove them from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before serving.
Slice open each potato and fluff the insides with a fork.
Enhance the flavor by adding your favorite toppings such as sour cream, shredded cheese, chives, or bacon bits.
Serve your upgraded baked potatoes as a side dish or a satisfying main course.
The olive oil not only improves the taste but also adds a delightful crispiness to the skin, making these baked potatoes a simple yet delicious treat.