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How to create The Perfect Baked Potato

This is a recipe for the ultimate baked potato that is very simple to make. This process allows the butter and cheese to be cooked in the potato as you bake it in the oven.  This makes it more flavorful and will spice up any dinner for you and your family.

*Preheat Oven to 450 degrees

The Perfect Baked Potato

The Perfect Baked Potato


  • One Large Potato (Or how many you will be cooking.)
  • Butter or Margarine
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Bacon Bits
  • Sour Cream
  • Salt and Pepper


1)      Wash the potatoes in cold water to wash off all the dirt and grime from the potato.

2)      Dry off the potato.

Wash and Cut

3)      Begin cutting lines into the potato but be careful to not cut all the way through. You should be cutting them about ¼ inch apart from each other.

4)      This next step is where you can be a little bit more creative. In the slots you just cut you can place a small slice of cheese or butter. You can go all cheese, all butter or alternate. Its completely up to you.


5)      Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

6)      Place the potato on a cookie sheet or pan and bake it for 40mins. *You can wrap the potato in tin foil if you would like. This will help the potato keep all the cheese and butter together.

7)      When you remove it from the oven the slots in the potato should have opened up a little bit more. You can add some shredded cheese on top and broil it for 1-3 minutes or until melted.

8)      Place your favorite baked potato toppings on it like bacon bits, sour cream and chill.  Enjoy!

About Teri

Teri Hardy is a 30-something married, mom of 7 and the face behind the popular online publication, Motherhood Defined as well as the founder of Mom Powered Media. Known as the Iowa Mom blogger by her local peers and “The Fairy Blogmother” worldwide. She loves to write, doodle & go, go, go. Control freak, master multi-tasker and shopaholic. Ms. Hardy has professional experience in working closely with clients on brand ambassadorships, client outreach services, content creation and creative social media advertising exposure.


  1. lydia goodman says:

    sounds simple and yummy! going to have to give this a try for sure

  2. We make them the same way. They sure are good. When we have an outdoor fire my husband wraps it up in foil then puts the potato in a soup can and throws it in to bake.

  3. Nicole Becker says:

    OMG!! I love stuffed baked potatoes!! I could eat them everyday. This is a great recipe. Never thought of cutting into the potato like that. Thanks so much.

  4. I love baked potatoes, could eat them everyday. Never thought of cutting into the potato like that. I will be making this for sure.

  5. laurie damrose says:

    Yum! Now i’m hungry

  6. Nichole Miller Shamblin says:

    Oh these look so good. I know what I want this weekend with my steak.

  7. Rachel N says:

    This looks delicious. I usually find baked potatoes a bit boring but this looks amazing.

  8. Rachel N says:

    I absolutely love baked potatoes and since at the moment I’m on a restricted diet, trying to figure out what I’m allergic to, potatoes are ON the list so I can do this, hehehe. YUMMO.

  9. Jimmy Arcade says:

    Wow! This looks really good. Now, I just need to figure out how to make this vegan… This would be a vegan delight!

  10. OH MY!!! That looks incredible! Thank you for sharing!!!!

  11. rebeka deleon says:

    i have never tried it this way and i know my husband would love it! saving this recipe for next time! thanks!

  12. mohora bogdan says:

    a lovely recepites

  13. Yummy these looks so good. We like baked potatoes and this variation is delicious looking. I will surely have to try these next time. I think I may even try some other things to put between the slices. thanks for the recipe

  14. Vanessa V. says:

    OMG this sounds amazing! I LOVE potatoes and I am definitely going to use this recipe soon. Thanks Teri!

  15. Jaime Brown says:

    My hubby is going to love me for this, thank you. I always just cook them plain, but not after seeing this:)

  16. Beanybopp says:

    My husband has been wanting me to do this since he saw it on one of his “funny” sites that he goes to, but it did not say how to do it just a picture….it does look amazing though!! I may have to make it now that I have the directions…my husband will be happy! lol Thanks

  17. Simple and delicious! I’ll have to try this.

  18. Paula V says:

    This looks so great!!! I’ll need to pin and try this.

  19. Stephanie says:

    I have to try this!

  20. Betty Baez says:

    i make my red potatoes like this but with sour cream and chive i have to try this it looks amazing!

  21. Cara Daymude says:

    Love this post my kinda potato supreme I know someone who does this cutting technique with hot dogs.Going to pin this thanks for sharing.

  22. samantha s says:

    I have never thought about cutting them up like that before. Maybe into halves or thirds but that’s about it. I’m going to save this recipe and make it next week. Thank you so much for the wonderful tips.

  23. Jill D. says:

    We’re always looking for something different to do with bored potatoes. This looks fabulous!

  24. Rachel A. says:

    My hubby is a big baked potato fan! I’ll have to use this to surprise him :) Can’t wait!

  25. Vickie Couturier says:

    that looks so darn good,got to try this one

  26. Sherry Compton says:

    Potatoes can be very versatile in what you put on and in them plus how you cook them. Great idea about slicing them and putting the butter and cheese throughout. My husband would love this. It makes sense when you think about it…we do it with bread to bake.

  27. Patricia Zyska-Pickett says:

    Your baked potato photo is so lovely! I never thought of cutting it like that. I will have to try it out the way you suggested it!

  28. Peggy Greco says:

    This way to cook a potato looks absolutely scrumptious; thanks for sharing with us!

  29. Wow! I have never seen a baked potato look so luscious! Mine never turn out looking so good.

  30. Baked potatoes are one of my favorites. You are making me hungry.

  31. Laurie B says:

    This looks delicious. Another option would be onions. You could either diced them and put between layers or leave them in rings and put them in that way too. Thanks for sharing.

  32. I learned something new. The add-ins would be deep within the potato instead of just piled on top. I’ll be trying this with vegan ingredients.

  33. Gary Tracey says:

    Wow! Thanks for this.I love baked potatoes and this looks really good.

  34. md kennedy says:

    What a great recipe! You could also do this with some veggie chili and cheese and you’d have a full meal.

  35. Tara Gauthier says:

    This looks so yummy! Definitely giving this one a try.

  36. Julie D says:

    Slicing them makes them look super fancy, but so easy to do. yum!

  37. John Heim says:

    Wow, slicing it sideways is a great concept! I’m sure that help speed the cooking time as well. Susie normally cooks potatoes for well over an hour. You can speed it up (about 1/2 time) by putting it in in the microwave about 5 minutes. Another tip is to spray them with extra virgin olive oil and put some sea salt on the outside before you wrap them in tin foil and throw them on the grill (if you’re cooking something on the grill), or the oven if you’re just cooking inside. Wow that potato looks huge, if that is a full-size plate!

  38. WOW – this looks soooo good and easy. My family loves baked potatoes and I will be trying this very soon. Thanks for sharing!

  39. Karen Propes says:

    This sounds so yummy, I love this way and have to try it. I may try it with real bacon and use as breakfast with eggs. I would also try different seasonings. My husband loves trying out new recipes and he always adds some seasoning that takes the recipe over the top. Can’t wait. I’m hungry now.

  40. Holly Rhone says:

    that looks awesome!!

  41. Gloria Walshver says:

    I love eating baked potato and its not even fattening.

  42. Cathy Alger says:

    These look yummy…I going make these tonight!!

  43. Linda S Moore says:

    Looks really good. I use to make potatoes that way when I lived at home with my mother. Many many years ago. We don’t eat a lot of potatoes because of high cholesterol but when we do we eat them baked and I slice them because they don’t take as long to cook. My husband eats a potato with nothing at all on it. I on the other hand eat it with lots of butter and cheese. That is why I don’t eat them very often. Fattening city with all the cheese and butter I use. lol Thanks for sharing. But they are so good. :)

  44. Beckie Amidon Austin says:

    that looks amazing – – so trying this!

  45. Melissa Smith says:

    Potatoes are sooo good, I love having new ways to try them.

  46. Nena Sinclair says:

    I’m a baked potato fanatic! I’ve gotta try them this way! Thanks for the info! Yum!! I can’t wait to try it!

  47. I got to try the bacon bits. I usually do the cheese and sour cream but never thought to add bacon bits. Thanks for the tip.

  48. This sounds delicious and easy to do! Never thought of cutting the potatoes like you do. Thank you for the easy recipe.

  49. what a great idea and it looks so delicious…thanks for sharing it with us!

  50. This looks great and I bet it tastes even better. Now I have to go out in the morning and buy more potatoes

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  51. Michelle Proper says:

    Yummy! You made me so hungry with this recipe! Will definitely give this a go!! Thanks!

  52. I make twice baked potatoes, but this would be a lot like them flavor wise and easier to begin with .

  53. Wow, this looks delicious, and I have a baked potato at least once or twice a week so I can’t wait to try this idea. Thanks so much for sharing.

  54. natalie parvis says:

    Wow, I had never thought to cut it like that. This sounds unbelievable. I need to make this soon.

  55. This looks delicious, I can’t wait to try it!

  56. Stacy Alfano says:

    I’m am going to make these tonight for dinner!

  57. Jeri Accardo says:

    You have the best recipes ever!! I have never done the baking part of the potato that way before, I definitely will try it.

  58. Peggy Greco says:

    This way to making baked potatoes looks easy to make and scrumptious to eat, too.

  59. krystel says:

    this looks so tasty i love baked potatoes way more then fried

  60. Rachel Miller says:

    This looks like a great idea!

  61. Potato like pasta. It’s perfect. A blank canvas where you can add pretty much anything you like to it.

  62. In the fall we have outdoor fires and my husband makes a loaded baked, wraps it and throws it in. They always come out perfect.

  63. Jessica Hellfritsch says:

    This looks absolutely delicious! I’ll have to make it for my boyfriend; he LOVES baked potatoes.

  64. This makes me want to go home and make baked potatoes right now!

  65. This baked potato looks amazing. I cannot wait to try making these.

  66. Sarah Wyatt says:

    What a great idea! I usually end up putting cheese in my potato once it’s cooked and then microwaving for a few seconds to melt it before topping with tuna mayo, but this is a much better plan!

  67. I think you’ve found the perfect baked potato recipe when I look at the picture of this little delight. Potatoes are so good for us and when dressed up are very delicious as well. The winter months ahead lead my thoughts to delicious food, comfort style. Here’s another one for my list.

  68. Sounds like great comfort food on this cold to the bone kind of day!

  69. I’ve tried so many different toppings on a potato.Pasta sauce and pizza cheese tastes pretty good.

  70. Nena Sinclair says:

    I love potatoes and baked potatoes are my favorite! I’ll have to try your method out, the potatoes look amazing! I want some right now! Lol

  71. I adore potatoes. I love the huge stuffed potatoes at the Big E. I never tried slicing the potato like that, or baking it with the cheese on it. I have to do this asap, as I won’t be able to rest until I have this! It looks wonderful!

  72. Those look tasty, especially the ones that are sliced. I haven’t made that type before, but I want to try your idea!

  73. Renee Ashley Hanna says:

    I love baking potatos but it is a little difficult to make them perfect. This is very interesting. I will definitely try this because I bake potatos a couple times a wee. Maybe I can get them perfect with your tips. Thanks for sharing

  74. Denise Boeger says:

    This looks soooo yummy! I love the idea! I am definitely going to try it this week!

  75. I love these potatoes! they’re awesome! My husband loves them as well! :)

  76. rebeccabasset says:

    Ohh this looks and sounds delicious! I will have to give this a try!

    Thanks for the Post, Pictures and “How To”!

  77. Jen Rodrigues says:

    This sounds so yummy. I just use cream cheese and cut up american cheese on my baked potato. This would be a big improvement lol.

  78. Tina Tibbetts says:

    This looks so good, I am going to try this for sure!

  79. That looks phenomenal – I’ll have to try it!

  80. This such a cool idea. I have never seen this idea before. I will be trying it tonight!

  81. sherry butcher says:

    Oh, this is good. I would like to know if it would work on a sweet potato?

  82. Nena Sinclair says:

    These have become a family favorite in my household! Sometimes, I add thin slices of onion between the “slots” too and it’s so yummy!

  83. Michael Lambert says:

    I will be making baked potatoes for my wife’s birthday dinner. Thank you for posting this.

  84. We love baked potaos too.It’s funny though but I’ve never even thought of cutting the potato like this.I think it’s an awesome idea.

  85. Christina Strapp says:

    I love anything potatoes and this looks really good.

  86. Cassandra French says:

    This looks yummy & sounds easier than I was expecting. I’ll have to try this soon!

  87. Aya Zbedah says:


  88. I need to be honest, before reading this review I did not know how to bake a potato. Who knew it was so involved? Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  89. I’m going to try this, I might be in trouble though I just bought a 10 pound bag! Yikes!

  90. Looks super yummy…I have been meaning to make potatoes like this…

  91. I never thought of fixing them like that…. I will have to try it next time we are having baked potatoes.

  92. Dorothy Boucher says:

    i so enjoy a good bake potato, and this one with all that cheese is making me hungry right now loll looks so yummy 😉 thanks for share

  93. katrina chavarria says:

    We’re always looking for new ways to prepare potatoes, especially since they’re so cheap! (hey, we’re saving for Disney! LOL!) This is a great recipe, who can resist cheese and butter???

  94. Paula Adams says:

    Just pinned your Perfect Baked Potato to my recipe files, so that I can try this perfect recipe soon! (My baked potatos are good but somehow never great, so I’m anxious to give this a try!)

  95. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    This looks like an awesome baked potato. Thank you for sharing.

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