Oven Baked Potatoes

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These Oven Baked Potatoes are hands down, the best baked potatoes ever!!! My Grandmother Nadia, was the mastermind behind these absolutely delicious potatoes, and She came up with the recipe for them. My Grandmother is a very talented cook. Not only does She cook really good, but She knows exactly how much of everything you need to feed a certain amount of people with certain different menu’s. She was the Chef in charge, in the kitchen of the Church that I used to go to in Massachusetts. That church is huge! And it is only getting bigger! They had to build a new Church building because there were so many members. So it makes me proud that my Grandmother was in charge of every food event they had at church, weather it was a potluck for a Holiday lunch or Weddings, My Grandmother was in charge of it all for many, many years until her age began to make itself known and She had to give up that ministry to someone else. These potatoes are so good, that almost every single Wedding that took place in that church all the years my Grandma was in charge, had these potatoes. Every family begged my Grandmother to include these in the menu because everyone loved them! As a little girl it was my favorite thing to eat at Weddings, so made sure to have these at my on Wedding too as part of the menu. Of course now, I make these yummy potatoes for every single Holiday, Birthday, and every special family gathering that we have. They never get old! In fact we can never get enough of them! Many of our friends have asked me for this recipe. So now I am posting it up, for all of you to be able to make these most delicious, Oven Baked potatoes for yourselves! Your Welcome!  😉  The recipe below, was made as part of our Easter menu and we had guests over, but if you need less servings then you can easily make half of this recipe!

Oven Baked Potatoes  {Serves 8-10}

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 LB Idaho Potatoes (Idaho brand potatoes taste best for this recipe)
  • 1 1/2 Sticks of Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • SPICES:
  • Paprika
  • Barbeque Seasoning
  • Vegeta Seasoning
  • Dry Dill (optional)

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Directions:

1) Peel the potatoes. Then cut them. Cut them according to size. Big potatoes into 6, Medium potatoes into 4, Small ones in half. *As pictured below.

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2) Bring a large pot of water to a boil on High heat. When it comes to a boil, add the 1 Tablespoon of salt. Throw in the potatoes.

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3) Boil the potatoes for 3-5 minutes. Until the potatoes get a little bit tender but not Soft! Or they will be more like mashed potatoes! *Check on the potatoes every few minutes, to make sure that they do not over cook. You don’t want them soft. The goal is to get them just a little tender.

4) Drain the water from the pot of potatoes. Put the potatoes in a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Do not put them on top of each other. Preheat your oven to 400 Degrees. (Use 2 baking sheets if you need to, that’s what I had to do to evenly lay out the potatoes. Microwave the 1 1/2 sticks of butter, Until it completely melts and turns into liquid butter.

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5) Using a large soup spoon, Pour the melted butter evenly all over the potatoes. Then start to sprinkle the spices over all the potatoes. I do Vegeta first, then Barbeque seasoning, then Paprika, and I finish off with sprinkling some Dry dill. Sprinkle a little bit of everything. (Be careful not to sprinkle too much Vegeta, as it has a lot of Salt and you do not want too much Salt on your potatoes.)

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6) Stick the trays of potatoes into the preheated oven. Bake for about 30-45 Minutes. Until the potatoes are beautifully golden. (*They will not look like the picture below because I forgot to turn off the flash setting and it makes the potatoes look white.) They are supposed to be golden in color. Best served hot out of the oven, However if you have some potatoes left over, then cover them with some foil and stick them in the fridge. When you are ready to eat them, Just heat them up in the oven on 350 Degrees. They will tastes just as good, even on the 2nd day.

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