Baked Potatoes

Prep: 5 minutes Cook: 1 hour

Serves:Varies

Baked potatoes are a simple yet versatile meal. They can be eaten plain or with a wide variety of toppings. Potatoes may be microwaved if you are in a big rush, but the flavor and texture of the potato won't be nearly as delicious as those baked in an oven. Our favorite potatoes for baking are the large brown-skinned russet variety

Ingredients

  • large russet potatoes

Directions

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.

Scrub the potatoes well and prick them all over with a fork.

Bake potatoes directly on the oven rack, for one hour. They will be fluffy and delicious.

I don't recommend baking them in aluminum foil. It makes potatoes pasty, instead of dry and fluffy. If you like potatoes this way, make sure you wrap them in parchment paper before using the foil.

Make extra potatoes for leftovers. Store unwrapped in the refrigerator. Eat them cold or reheat in the microwave.

Topping Ideas:
salsa
barbecue sauce
tofu sour cream and chives
baked beans
chili
Pea soup
bean soup
Fat free dressings
Almost any bean recipe goes great over baked potatoes.

Hints: Sweet potatoes are also delicious when baked. They should be baked at a lower temperature, about 350 degrees, for 45-50 minutes. Prick them all over with a fork and place on a baking tray in the oven. (Or place on the oven rack and put a baking tray on the shelf underneath to catch the drips.) Eat plain, either warm or cold, or try them topped with baked beans. Open your favorite can of healthy fat-free baked beans, heat, and spoon over the top of the sweet potato.