A baked potato can seem like an easy meal, but all the butter and sour cream can’t fix a dry and flat tater. There are a few tips you can utilize to perfect a tender and fluffy potato. If you want a crispy skin on the potatoes, be sure to cover them in oil for the last 10 minutes.
- Use russet potatoes. These potatoes are the best for baking among the rest. You’ll want to use medium sized potatoes about 1/2 pound.
- Poke Them. Use a fork to poke each potato about six or seven times. This will prevent them from bursting in the oven.
- Avoid Foil. Resist the urge to wrap the potatoes. Potatoes baked with foil will turn out soggy, rather than fluffy.
- Fire Up the Oven. A higher oven heat will produce the best texture. Try baking potatoes at 450°F for 45 minutes to an hour.
Source: the Kitchn