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The perfect baked potatoes

Photo: Felicity Cloake, The Guardian

Tired? Poor? Hungry? Bereft of ideas? Baked potatoes are one of the cheapest and easiest dinners. Top them with baked beans, cheese and coleslaw, some cream cheese, semi sundried tomatoes with ricotta and pancetta, or throw in a load of sweetcorn, ham, cheese, onion, and tomato. Or just eat them with some salt and butter, like in the good old days.

It’s hard to go wrong. The Guardian Word of Mouth blog currently has suggestions for how to cooked the perfect jacket potato (read the full post). The consensus? Wash the potatoes well, coat them in salt, and cook them on a high heat. Well, you can’t go wrong with salt.

How do you cook your baked potatoes? And what are your favourite toppings?


  1. thanks for the tip, mine always go soggy. Might be the lack of salt?
    I loooooove baked potatoes, could eat them every single day. With loads of cheese, sweetcorn, a bit of coleslaw on the side.
    Or if I really feel peckish, half a pound (well, not exactly) of butter

  2. I find baked potatoes are great for the old work lunch. If you have a microwave in the office kitchen that is. They’re not as nice as in the oven but they’re very handy for work. I usually throw on some tuna and grated cheese. Great for when you haven’t been shopping, everyone has an old potato lurking in the press.

  3. I scrub the skins and coat them in olive oil and put them in the oven without any tinfoil – you get a really crispy delicious skin.

  4. A quick roll in some salt and oil then into the oven they go…also works really well with sweet potato in fact ive just had one with my dinner…nom nom 😀

  5. Just scrub, salt heavilly and throw in a hot oven until crispy and you can shove a spoon through them. (between an hour and an hour and a half). Serve with butter…. or be very bold, halve the spuds, fish out the insides, mash with butter, milk, cheese, refill the skins and top with more cheese, bake till crispier and more bad for you 🙂

  6. Roosters make a great baked potato – I also do the oil and salt / hot oven 1-1.5 hrs / butter & more salt! Yumm

  7. I normally prick them about 15 times all over with a fork. Then spray with a few clicks of the spray on oil. Rub in some smoked sea salt and bake in the over at 200 for 1h05m.
    It leaves them extremely crispy with a nice smokey salty flavour.