A properly baked potato should be light and fluffy on the inside with a crisp skin on the outside. Potatoes cooked in a microwave or wrapped in foil are technically steamed. They have a different texture, more like boiled potatoes, and they won’t have the crisp skin of a true baked potato.
To bake a potato, scrub the skin clean under running water. Pat them dry then pierce the skin with the tines of a fork, to allow air to escape. Rub or brush the potatoes lightly with oil and sprinkle with coarse kosher salt. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and cook them at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour, until you can slide a fork into the potato with little resistance.
Once cooked, slice the top off the potatoes and serve. You can add items like sour cream, cheese, crumbled bacon or chopped, cooked veggies for added flavor.
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