Embracing Motherhood How to Make the Best Baked Potato

How to Make the Best Baked Potato

Who doesn’t like a steaming baked potato loaded with fresh toppings? Potatoes are very high on the glycemic index, so I always thought it was best to steer clear of them. But then I learned about their wonderful benefits, such as being high in vitamin C and B6 (almost half of the daily recommended amounts), and discovered how they can be a vehicle for other good foods such as butter, sour cream, and cheese which drastically lowers its glycemic index, and now I am a big fan! There are so many good options for a baked potato, so get creative and dig in!

Organic potatoes are one of the dirty dozen, meaning that they contain a large amount of pesticides. In fact, according to studies, 81% of conventionally grown potatoes contain pesticides, even after being washed and peeled. We pay $3.50 for a 3 lb bag of organic potatoes at our local grocery store, which I think is well worth the price.

Ingredients

  • 1 Potato
  • 2 T. Butter (Kerrygold)
  • 4 T. Sour Cream
  • ½ c. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 Chives, Chopped
  • Real Salt (I buy my Real Salt in bulk here, you can buy a shaker here, or a refill pouch here.)
  • Pepper (Buy it here.)
  • Optional Toppings: Crumbled bacon, chili, or broccoli

Directions

  1. Cook the Potato.
    1. Microwave: Poke holes in the potato and cook for 5 minutes.
    2. Bake: Wash your potatoes, rub with olive oil or coconut oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake at 350˚F for 1 hour. (Flip halfway through.) Bake a whole bunch so that you can keep extra in the fridge so that you won’t need to wait for an hour the next time you want a baked potato! *Throw these in the oven when you’re making a roasted chicken!

      organic baked potatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper

      Baked Potatoes

  2. Cut it up, smother it with butter, and sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on the top. Pop it in the microwave for 1 minute.
  3. Then, smother it with sour cream, top with chopped chives, and sprinkle generously with salt and a little pepper.

    Baked Potato with Butter, Melted Cheese, Sour Cream, Real Salt, and Chives

    Baked Potato with Butter, Melted Cheese, Sour Cream, Real Salt, and Chives

  4. Now tell everybody to leave you alone because you have some serious eating to do!!