All you need is 6 Russet potatoes, scrubbed and dried, for this Baked Russet Potatoes recipe! Delicious served hot with your sour cream, butter, and chives!

Baked Russet Potatoes Recipe

Friends, how is your 2020 going? After a mad rush moving into our new place, we had a bunch of out-of-town company, and are now settling into the space and working on small projects that didn’t get done. Little jobs like baseboards, touch-up paint, laying the wood down on the many steps (we have three stories).

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Baked Russet Potatoes recipe

For dinner one night? This basic Baked Russet Potatoes recipe! :)

You can imagine the jobs. And, we finally have snow, so of course the snow slows us down a bit.

I’ve given in to my new 2020 routine of getting up at 6 am for Crossfit, with reading and coffee time before I go, and a new winter schedule.

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How to bake a potato

But first, we’re eating simpler meals for dinner, like salads, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and nothing too heavy. Unless, that is, it’s the weekend and we are hosting a dinner.

We do love a good baked potato, don’t you? Check out How to Bake Perfect Sweet Potatoes or my Epic Sweet Potato Dinner Board (fun for company).

How to bake a Russet Potatoes 

  1. Using a fork or small knife, poke small holes all over the skin of the potato.
  2. Coat potatoes in olive oil and a pinch of salt (this will provide crispy skin).
  3. Place the potatoes directly on the oven rack (no sheet pan required!) and bake until skin is crispy and center is tender.

How do you know if a baked potato is done?

A way to know if potatoes are done is if you make a small cut down the center and squeeze the spud lengthwise, it should split open with fluffy potato goodness. If it doesn’t, return to the oven for a few minutes longer.

EASY Baked Russet Potatoes Recipe

Toppings for a baked potato

  • Cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Chives
  • Salt
  • Pepper

My new 2020 routine

1. Stick to my sleep routine. In bed by 9:30, up at 6 am. There’s something sacred about early morning time—so much, that I look forward to the alone time and dark mornings now.

2. Read something encouraging – in the morning. My new devotional for the year is New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional. So happy with this book! [Affiliate link included]

3. Make simple meals. We’ve been eating simpler meals during the week. Meals like Healthy Korean Beef Bowls and One Pot Asian Braised Beef. Double the recipe and freeze 1/2 of this Korean Style Chicken Burgers recipe! We also like to make extra so we have leftovers for lunch.

4. Practice gratefulness. Erin Loechner is super encouraging on this matter: “I do not believe in the words, ‘I have to,’ as in, ‘I have to go to work, or I have to raise my children.’ It is only, ‘I get to.’” This perspective changes everything. My daughter, Abby, reminds me of this all the time.

5. Go on a walk. Whether 1 mile or 4, I try to get a walk in daily. This is time to catch up on the phone with my friends and family, or listen to music or podcasts. I always feel better after a long walk, when I walk through the door and take off my coat, hat, scarf, and grab a BIG GLASS OF WATER.

6. Drink a lot of water. Water is a part of my daily routine, and I’m purposely trying to drink more in 2020!

I’d love to know what your new year is looking like—is it a slower season or a fuller one?

And what is your routine, or a book you are reading for the new year?

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Baked Russet Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 6 Russet potatoes, scrubbed and dried
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt

Additional toppings:

  • Cheese, we like Tillamook’s Sharp Cheddar White Cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Chives, finely chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Bacon pieces

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Using a fork or small knife, poke small holes all over the skin of the potato.
  • Coat potatoes in olive oil and a pinch of salt (this will provide crispy skin).
  • Place the potatoes directly on the oven rack (no sheet pan required!) and bake for 1 hour or so, until skin is crispy and center is tender.
  • To serve, garnish with sour cream, chives, butter, cheese, and anything else that tickles your fancy!

Notes

A way to know if potatoes are done is if you make a small cut down the center and squeeze the spud lengthwise, it should split open with fluffy potato goodness. If it doesn’t, return to the oven for a few minutes longer.
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Baked Russet Potatoes

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