Baked Potatoes


Martha shows how to make a baked potato, No. 8 in our 20 More Things Everyone Should Know.


  • 4 large russet potatoes, washed

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

  • Unsalted butter, for serving

  • Cooked broccoli, for serving

  • Sour cream, for serving

  • Freshly grated cheddar cheese, for serving

  • Finely chopped chives, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Insert a metal skewer lengthwise through the center of each potato. Place on baking sheet and bake until tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, about 1 hour.

  2. Remove from oven and break open by smashing on counter, or breaking in half. Top with desired toppings, and serve immediately.

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