How To Bake Potatoes
Forget wrapping in foil or poking with holes. Follow Food Network Kitchen's step-by-step how-to for perfect potatoes with a tender, fluffy interior and crackling, crisp skin.
Position the oven racks in the bottom and middle of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F. Put the potatoes on a baking sheet and drizzle with oil.
Use a pastry brush to evenly coat the potatoes with the oil.
Season with Salt and Pepper
Season with flaky sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Place on Oven Rack
Put the potatoes directly on the upper oven rack and put the baking sheet on the rack below them to catch any drippings. Bake until the potatoes are soft when squeezed and the skins are crispy, about 45 minutes.
Cut Down the Middle
Cut a slit about 3/4-inch down the length of each potato.
Hold an end of the potato in each hand and push down and inward to open the potato up.
Top with Butter
Top each split baked potato with a pat of unsalted butter.
Season and Enjoy
Season with flaky sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Sprinkle with cut fresh chives if you'd like.