Baked Potatoes

Baked potato bar
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
5 mins
Bake Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 8 medium baking potatoes (6 to 8 ounces each)

  • Shortening, butter, or margarine


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Scrub potatoes thoroughly with a brush; pat dry. Prick potatoes with a fork. (If desired, for soft skins, rub potatoes with shortening or wrap each potato in foil).

  2. Bake for 40 to 60 minutes (or in a 350°F oven for 70 to 80 minutes) or until tender. To serve, roll each potato gently under a towel to loosen the insides. Using a knife, cut an X in top of each potato. Press in and up on the ends of each potato to open potato.

Baked Sweet Potatoes:

Prepare as directed, except substitute sweet potatoes or yams for the baking potatoes. If desired, serve sweet potatoes with butter and brown sugar or cinnamon-sugar.Nutrition Facts per serving: 146 cal., 0 g total fat (0 g sat. fat; 0 g trans fat), 0 mg chol., 94 mg sodium, 34 g carbo., 5 g fiber, 3 g pro.Exchanges: 2 Starch

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

269 Calories
61g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 269
% Daily Value *
Sodium 17mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 19.4mg 97%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 2.9mg 16%
Potassium 1419mg 30%
Folate, total 47.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 1.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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