Basic Baked Potato Recipe
A basic baked potato can be the anchor for so many dishes. It can serve as a meal just by itself—add a few favorite toppings, like sour cream, butter, chives, and bacon bits, and you have a filling and tasty meal. Or you can scoop out the baked potato, leaving the skins as a nice shell, and mix the potato with cheese, herbs, BBQ, and more. Spoon the mixture back into the crust, top with more cheese(!) and bake. You now have a twice-baked potato.This easy baked potato recipe uses the microwave – a quick method that will allow you to prepare baked potatoes for a weeknight dinner. If you want to turn this dish into an oven baked potato recipe, simply pierce the potato with a fork and rub it down with oil. Set the potato on a wire rack set over a baking sheet, which keeps the potato elevated and allows air to circulate all around for even cooking.