Recipe: The Best Oven-Baked Potato


A few nights ago I found myself hungry in the middle of a gaming session. This recipe isn’t going to win any awards. It’s incredibly simple and likely unnecessary to many people who will read it. However it’s also the path I took to making the best oven-baked potatoes that I have ever eaten. It’s also the perfect kind of meal to supplement a night of video games.


  • 2 Large Russet Potatoes
  • 3 Strips of Thick Cut Bacon
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ¾ teaspoon Sea Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon sage
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dill


  1. Preheat Oven to 425 degrees
  2. Clean potatoes under cool water, then dry.
  3. Use a large fork to poke 8-10 holes into each potato
  4. Place the potatoes in a medium sized mixing bowl, then add olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, sage, and paprika.
  5. Evenly cover each potato in oil/spices, then place on center oven rack.
  6. Place a baking sheet on bottom oven rack to catch oil drippings
  7. Flip potatoes every 20 minutes for 1 hour.
  8. In a large pan, fry bacon.
  9. Remove potatoes when skin is crisp
  10. Use a knife to cut large notches into each potato, then press down with a fork to lightly mash.
  11. Season with salt/pepper to taste, and add your choice of butter, sour cream, shredded cheese, and chives. Dust with dill powder.

     Like I said, it’s about as basic of a recipe as you can get, but potatoes are cheap and the easy prep work makes this the perfect kind of snack/meal to have while gaming. That alone is reason enough to share with our friends here at Games and Grinds.


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