Here is a great option for EASY entertaining or just a family dinner… The Perfect Baked Potato Recipe With A Baked Potato Bar!
Baking the perfect baked potato recipe is easy and serving the baked potatoes on with baked potato bar toppings is fun for everyone! It gets everyone involved by letting them choose all of their toppings. Over the years I have seen many different ways to bake potatoes….wrap them in foil, don’t wrap them in foil, use a fork to poke holes in them, stick a nail in them and on and on. I discovered the secret to what I consider “The Perfect Baked Potato” and that is this: ramp up the oven temperature to 425 degrees and brush the potatoes with oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake large potatoes for 1 hour and 15 minutes and you will have the most incredible baked potato you have ever put into your mouth!
The baked potato bar is just as perfect for a cold winter day as it is for a summer BBQ by the pool. Here I’m showing my set up for the Baked Potato Bar:
- Large Idaho Baking Potatoes
- Kosher ( coarse) salt
- Options for Baked Potato Bar Toppings: Butter, sour cream, bacon crumbles, green onion slices – including tops, pickled jalapeno pepper slices, shredded cheddar cheese, chili – in the Fall and Winter, canned black beans – rinsed and drained, chopped fresh tomatoes, thawed frozen green peas, salsa, nacho cheese sauce, ranch salad dressing, salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. This high temperature is the secret to baking perfect baked potatoes.
- Line a rimmed cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Scrub the baking potatoes and pat dry. Place on foil lined sheet.
- Brush both sides of potatoes with oil and sprinkle both sides with kosher salt.
- Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes ( for the extra large potatoes) or until done. Smaller potaoes will be done in about an hour.
- Split and serve with a variety of the options listed above.
- At serving time, cut the potatoes lengthwise across the top and squeeze the ends together to open up the potato. Let guests choose their own toppings.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Scrub baking potatoes and pat dry. Place on foil lined sheet.
Brush both sides of the potatoes with oil and sprinkle both sides with kosher or sea salt.
Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes ( for the extra large potatoes like I used) or until done. Smaller potatoes will be done in about an hour.
At serving time, cut the potatoes lengthwise across the top and squeeze the ends together to open up the potato. Serve with the topping options listed above.
I used butter, sour cream, bacon crumbles ( that I cooked in the microwave), sliced green onions – including tops, Jalapeno pepper slices, shredded cheddar cheese and salt and pepper.
“ I just love to serve food in attractive and creative ways! Here you see the buffet set-up. I used a round platter for the baked potatoes and matching small bowls in different bright colors for the condiments. ”
“Remember, let’s make life special by sharing great food with our family and friends!”
To download the printable recipe with how-to photos, click here: Perfect Baked Potatoes with Baked Potato Bar