The Baked Potato (Alton Brown) Recipe

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The Baked Potato (Alton Brown)
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  • 1 large russet potato (if it looks like mr. potato head, you've got the right 1.)


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and position racks in top and bottom thirds. Wash potato (or potatoes) thoroughly with a stiff brush and cold running water. Dry, then using a standard fork poke 8 to 12 deep holes all over the spud so that moisture can escape during cooking. Place in a bowl and coat lightly with oil. Sprinkle with kosher salt and place potato directly on rack in middle of oven. Place a baking sheet on the lower rack to catch any drippings.
  2. Bake 1 hour or until skin feels crisp but flesh beneath feels soft. Serve by creating a dotted line from end to end with your fork, then crack the spud open by squeezing the ends towards one another. It will pop right open. But watch out, there will be some steam.
  3. NOTE: If you're cooking more than 4 potatoes, you'll need to extend the cooking time by up to 15 minutes.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 167.81 Kcal (703 kJ)
Calories from fat 0 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 24.22mg 1%
Potassium 951.5mg 20%
Total Carbs 36.33g 12%
Sugars 1.73g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3.46g 14%
Protein 5.19g 10%
Vitamin C 13.8mg 23%
Iron 1.7mg 10%
Calcium 31.1mg 3%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 97 Kcal (406 kJ)
Calories from fat 0 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 14mg 1%
Potassium 550mg 20%
Total Carbs 21g 12%
Sugars 1g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 14%
Protein 3g 10%
Vitamin C 8mg 23%
Iron 1mg 10%
Calcium 18mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 2.7
  • 4

Good Points

  • fat free,
  • saturated fat free,
  • very low sodium,
  • cholesterol free

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