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There are many ways to make baked potatoes, but I wanted to share my favorite. This is super simple but my family loves these potatoes! I make these baked potatoes in advance because they are perfect to enjoy on a busy night and heat up well.

Olive Oil
Garlic Powder
Idaho Potatoes

Preheat oven to 425. Wash potato in cold water and pat dry. In a bowl coat the bottom with a little olive oil, depending on how many potatoes you are making you may have to add more oil. Roll potato in oil, to coat skin and the sprinkle potato with garlic powder. Cook in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes directly on the rack. I use smaller potatoes, they aren’t the large baking ones because I enjoy a smaller serving size. If you plan to use the larger potatoes, you will need to probably cook longer. I like to cook them until the outside is crispy and the center is very soft. I don’t puncture my potatoes before cooking. We enjoy the skin of the potato and this gives it a wonderful taste! Try it, you will enjoy it.

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  1. Since the potatoes are put right on the rack do they make a mess in your oven? Does it smell like something is burning with oil potatoes sitting directly on the racks?

    • The Southern Lady says:

      No, not at all. You don’t use a lot of oil, definitely don’t want them dripping in it. Just enough to crisp the outside.

  2. I forget to prick mine one time and had potato all over my oven. If yours have not exploded yet just wait and one day they will. Always poke them a little, they will still get crisp.

  3. Don’t worry, It will not explode. I do this all the time.

  4. I like your recipe for the baked potato, but I’m concerned if you don’t prick the potato that it may explode in the oven, so I will prick mine.

  5. judith judge says:

    i just made these today but i used salt and pepper but garlic salt sounds good ill have to try that also i did prick all over with a fork but this recipe says you dont have to so ill try not to next time. potatoes were very good and they cook so quickly .

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