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  • Overview
  • Ways to Bake
  • Bake and Top
  • Potatoes for Baking
  • Potato Tips
  • Toppings
  • Worthy of a Main Course
  • Baked Sweet Potatoes

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Everything You Need to Know About

Baked Potatoes

Yes, baked potatoes are one of life’s simple pleasures. They can be baked on the rack of a hot oven or wrapped in foil in the coals of a fire. They’re delicious with a variety of toppings (one of our favorites is butter, salt, pepper, and white cheddar cheese), and are suited to serve a crowd (let everyone customize their toppings), or for dinner at home with the family.

As straightforward as baked potatoes are, there are a few things to keep in mind: Not all types of potato bake up fluffy and moist. Russets are used almost exclusively for baked potatoes because they have a high starch content and so when baked, yield the fluffy, light interior and crunchy skin we've come to expect from a classic baked potato. Yukon Golds are also good baked; they won’t be as fluffy as a russet, but some people prefer the denser texture. As for sweet potatoes, they're only distantly related to “actual” potatoes, but they bake up soft, sweet, and moist -- and are incredibly nutritious.

Yes, baked potatoes are one of life’s simple pleasures. They can be baked on the rack of a hot oven or wrapped in foil in the coals of a fire. They’re delicious with a variety of toppings (one of our favorites is butter, salt, pepper, and white cheddar cheese), and are suited to serve a crowd (let everyone customize their toppings), or for dinner at home with the family.

As straightforward as baked potatoes are, there are a few things to keep...

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recipe

Detox Cred: Eating this winter superfood is one of the best ways to get more beta-carotene, an antioxidant the body converts to immunity-boosting vitamin A. The hearty but low-calorie root veggie is also great for weight loss. Bake several of these ahead and store in your fridge for up to 3 days.

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recipe

Basic new potatoes are baked with fresh rosemary in this simple side dish from Glamour magazine's "100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know" cookbook. Pair with classic meat dishes, like roasted Engagement Chicken.