Basic Baked Potato

After cooking, you can load the potato with sour cream, bacon bits, chives, shredded cheese, or your own favorite toppings.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 5 minutesTotal: 50 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 4 baking (russet or Idaho) potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. butter


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Wash potatoes and scrub to remove any dirt. Poke a few holes in each potato with a fork. Place directly on the middle oven rack.
  • Bake potatoes for 45 minutes or until done. To test for doneness, pierce potatoes with a fork. It should go through easily. Remove from oven. Cut each potato in half lengthwise while still hot. Top with butter. Serve hot.