A good baked potato is the perfect side for any meal, but you can also easily make it the main event. Hearty, fluffy, and endlessly customizable, it’s perfect for picky and explorative eaters alike. But a loaded baked potato is only as good as its baked potato base. No amount of toppings can hide a bland, gummy interior or tough, chewy skin.
We’ve done our fair share of research on improving baked potatoes with such recipes as Best Baked Potatoes and Twice-Baked Potatoes with Bacon and Cheddar Cheese. Here are a few simple tricks you can use to ensure that even the plainest of baked potatoes is the best it can be.