Need a fancy side dish that 99% of people will absolutely love? Look no further. I’ve made these a few times and they are always a huge hit. Not only do we love them, but when we have dinner guests they add a little fancy touch to dinner that an ordinary baked potato just wouldn’t have. They are easy to make but get an A+ for presentation. If these were a house, you could charge extra just for the curb appeal.
You can use any potatoes for this. I used Yukon Gold potatoes basically because I was too lazy to peel and not a huge fan of russet potato skins. But feel free to use whichever spud floats your boat.
Downright Fancy Baked Potatoes
Yukon Gold potatoes (or whatever kind you like)
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp. butter
A pinch of salt, pepper, & dry Italian seasoning (or use whichever seasonings you like best)
Preheat oven to 400˚. Slice off a thin piece on one side so the potato will sit still and not roll around while you are trying to slice it. Make thin slices all the way across the potato, but not going all the way to the bottom. You want the potato to stay together so stop short about 1/4 inch from the bottom (don’t beat yourself up if you slice one in half, it will still taste fine). Slice garlic very thinly and slip between potato slices here and there. Slice butter thinly and insert here and there into potato slices as well. Sprinkle potatoes with seasonings. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil. Place on a baking pan and bake for about 1 hour until fork tender.
I always try to make a couple extra because the next morning I like to do this: