How to cook potatoes

Directions on how to cook potatoes in the oven including oven temperatures, times, and how to do it with and without foil.

Baked potatoes are always and forever going to be on my dinner rotation for a few reasons. They are cheap to buy, easy to make, and the family can customize them to their liking. Customizable meals (like tacos, burgers, and other things where the kids can dress the dish up how they prefer) are always a hit in this house. The kids love it, and I love that they don’t fuss about what’s being served.

I don’t know about you, but there is nothing more that I love than a loaded baked potato. Bring on the toppings: butter, sour cream, shredded cheddar, freshly cooked diced bacon, and chives from the garden. That is a complete baked potato in my mind. I also like warming up some leftover broccoli and cheese soup to spoon over the top of my potatoes – so good!

I know this recipe isn’t rocket science, but knowing how to cook potatoes in the oven, the right way, is a game changer. I’m here to tell you to put down the foil and roast those potatoes in their own skin, on a rack, slathered in oil and sprinkled with salt. Sometimes all you need is a few simple ingredients put together in the right order. This, my friends, is simplicity at its tastiest.

Directions on how to cook potatoes in the oven including oven temperatures, times, and how to do it with and without foil.

Au Gratin- Learn How to Cook Au Gratin Potatoes

How to make Au Gratin Potatoes

Au Gratin Potatoes

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Peel your potatoes and slice very thin slices either with a knife or mandolin. You can also use a food processor to do this.
  3. Grease your baking dish with butter.
  4. Now start laying the potatoes into the dish. After each layer, season with salt and black pepper.
  5. Pour the Half & Half mixture over the layered potatoes, push down to immerse all the potatoes in the cream.
  6. Bake at 425°F for 50-60 minutes covered with foil, until potatoes are cooked (test with the tip of sharp knife).
  7. Then take foil off and bake for 10-20 minutes until golden on top.

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Baked Potatoes- Learn How to Bake a Potato

The perfect baked potato is crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle.  Baking potatoes is simple.  To make a baked potato, simply wash your favorite type of potato, we recommend the russet potato because of its flavor and texture. Then follow the steps below for baking them in the oven, crockpot or microwave.

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How to Make a Baked Potato

Baked Potato

In an oven:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 °F.
  2. Place potatoes on a baking sheet. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until fork tender.
  3. Slice open each potato. Place 1 Tablespoon of butter in the center of each potato.
  4. Add additional toppings if desired.

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In a crockpot:

  1. Prick the potatoes with a fork several times
  2. Rub the potatoes with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and wrap tightly in foil.
  3. Place the potatoes into a crockpot, cover, and cook on High for 4 ½ to 5 hours, or on Low for 7 ½ to 8 hours until tender.
  4. Remove the potatoes from the crockpot and slice open each potato.
  5. Place 1 Tablespoon of butter in the center of each potato.
  6. Add additional toppings if desired.

In the microwave:

  1. Prick the potatoes with a fork several times. Place on a plate.
  2. Cook on full power in the microwave for 5 minutes. Turn over and continue to cook for 5 more minutes.
  3. When the potato is soft, remove from the microwave, and cut in half lengthwise. Place 1 Tablespoon of butter in the center of each potato.
  4. Add additional toppings if desired.

Mashed Potatoes- Learn How to Make Mashed Potatoes

How to Make Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

  1. Peel potatoes and then cut them up into about equal sizes.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add your potatoes. Keep boiling and cook these for 30 minutes, until a fork slides easily into the potatoes. Drain the potatoes.
  3. Put your potatoes that you drained back into the pot and put back on the burner, low heat. You are now going to just mash them with a spoon or potato masher.
  4. Add your butter, cream cheese, milk, black pepper and salt and whip until creamy.

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Roasted Potatoes – Learn How to Make Roasted Potatoes

How to Make Roasted Potatoes

Roasted Potatoes

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Prep a large pan with parchment paper
  2. Scrub potatoes and cut into bite-size wedges. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes with the oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Spread the potatoes into one layer on your baking sheet and bake for about 40 minutes until browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Serve while hot.

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Scalloped Potatoes- Learn How to Make Scalloped Potatoes

How To Make Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Wash, peel and cut the potatoes in thin slices. Use a mandoline or food processor, if you have them, to make sure the slices are all about the same thickness.
  3. In a medium size saucepan, melt the butter with half cup of milk.
  4. Once melted, mix in the flour and whisk until smooth. Cook for a couple of minutes.
  5. Stir in the rest of the milk (preferably warm) some at the time while whisking. Make it smooth. Cook the white sauce until bubbly and thickened, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Season with salt (about 1 teaspoon) and nutmeg (half teaspoon).
  7. Grease a round 10.5-inch quiche pan (or 2 quarts baking dish).
  8. Spread a layer of the potatoes slices on the bottom of the baking dish.
  9. Season with salt and pepper, and top with some of the besciamella sauce.
  10. Make two more layers of potato and white sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese on top.
  11. Cover with aluminum foil, and bake at 400°F for 30 minutes covered.
  12. Uncover and bake for an additional 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  13. If you need, broil on high for one minutes until nicely browned.
  14. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving, so the sauce will set a little when cooling down. Sprinkle the top with chopped parsley and serve.

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How to Cook Potatoes in the Oven Tips and Tricks:

  • Choose a russet potato for this recipe. The starch content in a russet is just what you are looking for in a baked potato and it makes the fluffiest-centered and crispiest-skinned taters on the block.
  • The size of your russet is up to you. I normally go for small or medium potatoes when they are a side dish to the meal and large baking potatoes when they are going to be the main dish. The key is to get potatoes that are similar in size so that they finish baking at the same time.
  • Baking potatoes in the oven is my preferred method because it makes them so fluffy on the inside and crisp on the outside, but did you know you can cook “baked” potatoes in your slow cooker and Instant Pot? Read more about that here.
  • Dress them up or dress them down, no matter how you make them, baked potatoes are delicious. We like to pair them with these super easy baked chicken legs, or serve them with chili and cheese as a main dish.
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Directions on how to cook potatoes in the oven including oven temperatures, times, and how to do it with and without foil.

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  • Author: Melissa Griffiths – Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

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A simple guide on how to cook potatoes in the oven that produces the best baked potatoes with a tender inside and crispy salty crust.

  • 4 russet baking potatoes
  • 2-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Additional toppings to your liking
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Wash and scrub your potatoes clean. Poke each potato with a fork a few times to allow steam to release while cooking.
  2. Place potatoes directly on a baking rack set inside a baking sheet and place them in the oven.
  3. Bake until the center of the potato reaches between 205 and 212 degrees. This will be roughly 40-60 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes.
  4. Remove from the oven and use a pastry brush to coat each potato in a thin coat of olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt and then flip them over and brush the other side with oil and sprinkle with salt.
  5. Bake the potatoes for an additional 10 minutes to crisp the skin.
  6. Remove the potatoes from the oven, cut a small X on the top of each potato and then using two hands (be careful, they are hot), gently press the potatoes inward so that they “bloom” from the X.
  7. Enjoy right away with your favorite toppings.
  • Medium to small potatoes will take around 40-45 minutes to bake.
  • I have also oiled up my potato from the start and then let it cook. My

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Directions on how to cook potatoes in the oven including oven temperatures, times, and how to do it with and without foil.

How simple was that? And now you are a baked potato expert and your family won’t know what hit them. Trust me on this, a great baked potato is just one of those things you need to master in your life, and this will teach you just how to bake a potato in the oven, perfect every time.

Enjoy from my kitchen to yours!

Directions on how to cook potatoes in the oven including oven temperatures, times, and how to do it with and without foil. Directions on how to cook potatoes in the oven including oven temperatures, times, and how to do it with and without foil.

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