Are Salt Baked Potatoes really worth their salt? Can baking potatoes on a bed of salt really produce better, more flavorful baked potatoes? You know the kind with a crispy skin and steamy, fluffy interior? I know the magic that can occur when you salt bake fish and even pork, so I wasn’t that skeptical. I consulted this recipe from the Idaho Potato Commission and this one from Cook’s Illustrated.
My results? Salt Baked Potatoes are definitely worth their salt. For added instruction and entertainment, watch the How to Make Salt Baked Potatoes Video.
Ingredients for Salt Baked Potatoes:
4 Idaho Russet Potatoes (8-10 ounces each)
2-3 cups salt
1 head garlic
fresh or dry herbs
Notes: Serves four. Total bake time one hour, thirty minutes.
Consider making Roasted Garlic Butter from the garlic after baking in the salt.
Simply squeeze softened cloves from husk and mix with room temperature butter. Add any other herbs, seasonings or citrus.
Serve Roasted Garlic Butter with piping hot Salt Baked Potatoes and other toppings such as sour cream, chives and bacon bits.
For added instruction and entertainment and to see the Potato Popper (above, left) in action, watch the How to Make Salt Baked Potatoes Video.
1) Wash and dry Idaho Russet Potatoes.
2) Pour salt into a 9×13 baking dish. Nestle potatoes in the salt, equal distance apart.
3) Optionally, add a capped head of garlic and herbs of your choice to the salt.
4) Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in a preheated 450(F) oven for one hour, fifteen minutes.
5) Remove baking dish from the oven and preheat oven for a second time to 500(F).
6) Remove foil from baking dish and remove garlic from salt. Squeeze garlic from husk if using for butter.
7) Brush the tops of each potato with olive oil and return, uncovered, to preheated 500(F) oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes more.
8) When the potatoes are done, use a clean towel to chip excess salt from the bottom of each potato. Serve immediately with your favorite toppings.
9) For added instruction and entertainment, watch the How to Make Salt Baked Potatoes Video.
10) Share and enjoy.
What do you like on your baked potato? Tell me in the comments…