Crispy Buttery Baked Potatoes


10 minutes


2 hours




  • 1 russet potato per person, scrubbed and patted dry
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Challenge Dairy Butter per potato
  • any favorite toppings such as sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon, avocado, chives, chili, mushrooms, broccoli, grilled onions, and salsa


  • 1
    Arrange rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 400ºF.
  • 2
    Rub potatoes all over with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • 3
    Slice a small cross shape into each potato about ¼-inch deep and bake directly on the oven rack for 45 minutes to 1 hour. (For a crispy exterior skin, potatoes can bake up to an extra hour.)
  • 4
    While potatoes bake, arrange favorite toppings into small bowls.
  • 5
    Remove potatoes from the oven and carefully cut deeper into the initial slices. Return potatoes to oven for 10 more minutes.
  • 6
    Remove potatoes from oven, carefully slice lengthwise and insert 1 Tablespoon of butter for each potato. Then push potatoes open further and top with favorite toppings.