If you are looking for restaurant quality,salty, crispy skinned baked potatoes, here is how to make the BEST baked potato - with a few secret tricks of the trade!
Preheat your oven to 400 °F.
Pierce each potato 3-4 times with the tines of a fork.
Coat each one well in canola oil, then sprinkle heavily with flaked sea salt all over. You need to get a good crust of salt. Place on a wire baking rack in the middle of a baking tray and place the potatoes on top.
Bake in the oven for 60-75 minutes or until they are fork tender. Remove and cool slightly on the baking sheet.
To serve, once they are warm cut a slit lengthwise down the top of the potato, not cutting to the very end however. Take your fingers and place on either side of the potato and push the ends in towards each other to "pop" the center open ( it will look like a restaurant potato now!)
Serve with butter and pepper, or any and all toppings!
These Baked Potatoes are great loaded with butter and green onions to keep it simple, but can be topped with bacon, cheese and sour cream.
Try them with chili on top, they are fantastic!