Perfect Baked Potatoes

April 20, 2012

We lived in Germany when I was in high school and ate at a lot of great german restaurants. My mom once asked an older german lady how she got her potatoes to taste so great and she actually shared her secret. Sure enough, next time we made baked potatoes my mom did what she said and voila! Success! Now, I’m going to share that secret with you. Do us all a favor and stop baking your potatoes in foil. Why not? When you bake them with the foil on, the potatoes basically boil inside the foil. Too much water gets trapped inside and you end up with bland potatoes with a weird consistency. Trust me on this one. You can use this method on regular or sweet potatoes. Pure deliciousness.

Ingredients
Large Potatoes

Olive Oil
Salt

Scrub your potatoes clean. I actually use a scrubber for this because I like to eat the whole potato…I know, weirdo. Once they are washed and scrubbed, dry them off with a paper towel or dish rag. Pour a palm full of Olive Oil into your hand and coat the outside of each potato. You may need to do this more than once depending on how many potatoes you are making. I typically make 3 at a time and one palm full is enough for that. Place your potatoes on a baking stone or pan and cover with freshly ground sea salt. Sea salt really does work best but if you don’t have it then just cover with regular salt.

Bake your potatoes uncovered and unfoiled, just as they are with olive oil and salt on them at 400° for one hour. Your potatoes should ‘give’ when you push on them. Serve as desired and enjoy!

  • Missy

    These ARE the way to bake a potato and not steam it in foil! Love these! Whoever has not done them this way MUST do it!!!

    • http://www.thebigredpot.com Bethany

      yes! A definite must. I tried with sweet potatoes for the first time recently and they were so, so, so good!

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  • Barbara McDonald

    These are the best baked potatoes ever!!   Next week I will try using this method for sweet potatoes.  Can’t wait!

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  • rvank

    Well, I am definitely going to try this! I love baked potatoes. 

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