Equally good alongside a steak or as a light lunch, a baked potato is one of simplest and most satisfying things you can make. Here, six ways to take it up a notch.
Grill it. Slice slits into potatoes and stuff them with chive and sour cream butter before wrapping them in foil and tossing them on the grill. They’re perfect for tailgates.
Canadian-ise it. Take some inspiration from poutine and make these twice-baked potatoes topped with tangy gravy, melted mozzarella, crisp bacon and fried potato skins.
Go overboard with mushrooms. Don’t just top baked potatoes with a few sautéed mushrooms, scoop on a pile of wild mushroom ragu. We like to use a mix of shiitake, oyster, chanterelle and button mushrooms but any combo will work.
Overstuff it. To transform a delicious twice-baked potato into a full on meal, Emeril Lagasse adds an extra baked potato to the stuffing mixture.
Add shrimp. Tender pink shrimp cooked in crème fraîche are an elegant and easy topping.
Upgrade the salt. Instead of sprinkling regular kosher salt on the potato, opt for flaky, briny, crunchy Maldon salt.