I believe I've found it :) Last month, my mother-in-law asked if I could make baked potatoes for a family get-together. Of course! I said. But inside, I was saying, dang, I don't really know how to make baked potatoes other than in the microwave by pushing the "potato" button. And those never turned out that great. So, I searched online, I found this recipe at Allrecipes.com. I read the reviews and tweaked it a bit based on some suggestions. Here's what I came up with:
My Perfect Baked Potatoes
5-6 medium size potatoes
3 T olive oil
approx 1/2 tsp garlic salt
approx 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
First, scrub the potatoes good then prick several times with a fork. Place them on a microwave safe plate and cook them on medium/high for 6-8 minutes. Microwaving them cuts down on the baking time which is especially great in summer! Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle place them in a large ziplock bag with the oil. Seal the bag and move them all around so they are all coated and shiny. Then, place them on a baking sheet and sprinkle them with salt and pepper, rotating to get all sides. I really wasn't sure on the measurements, just enough to lightly coat them. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until easily pierced with a sharp knife.
These potatoes come out awesome! They are so tasty, the skin is shiny and a bit crisp and really, they are delicious with NOTHING else on them. But of course some butter and sour cream makes them super extra delicious.
Plain baked potatoes are not the most beautiful things to behold, but I took a pic anyway.