▢ 8 medium russet baking potatoes ▢ Extra virgin olive oil ▢ Kosher salt ▢ 8 Tbsp unsalted butter, to serve ▢ Freshly ground black pepper, to serve, optional

Instructions Step - 1

Preheat the oven to 450 ̊F. If you have a wire rack, set it over a baking sheet to promote even cooking all around the potato.

Step - 2

Scrub the potatoes clean under running water then dry thoroughly with a towel. Poke holes in the potato all over, about 5-6 times with a fork.

Step - 3

Rub the potato skins with a little olive oil and sprinkle generously all over with kosher salt.

Step - 4

Set the potatoes on a rack or baking sheet, keeping the potatoes at least an inch apart, and bake for 45-60 minutes depending on the size of your potatoes, or until easily pierced with a fork. 

Step - 5

They should reach 210 ̊F in the center on an instant-read thermometer. To serve, use a knife to cut a slit down the center of your potato and push in the sides of the potato to open up the potato and fluff the center. 

Step - 6

Add a tablespoon of butter to melt into the center of the hot potato. Sprinkle with salt and pepper or serve with desired toppings. ENJOY

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