Sometimes simple is best, especially after a long Thursday. The end of the week is tough enough without adding a complicated dinner to the laundry list of after-work to-dos. Once you figure out your low-maintnance dinner plan (I suggest crockpot meals that you can set up before you leave for work and eat when you get home) what are you going to do for sides? Ahhh, the dreaded side dish. I always forget about it until I’m putting my crockpot meal on a plate and realize I have no salad … or beans … or anything. My go-to side dish is a potato dish of some kind. When considering ease (as long time isn’t an issue) I vote for baked potatoes, every time. If you have enough fun toppings, these little babies can even be a main dish! What’s not to love?
As much as I love baked potatoes, I don’t love shrivled, sad-looking brown potato bombs plopped on plates. I’m about excellence, even when it comes to my potatoes so here is how I churn out some amazing, delicious (and even nice-looking) baked potatoes with almost zero effort.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F
Take your potatoes (one or two per person) and wash them really well then dry with a clean towel
Pour about a tablespoon of avocado oil into your hand and use both hands to rub each potato down to coat it (add more oil to your hand if you run out. You want a nice oil coating on each potato).
Lay potatoes directly on a cookie sheet. DO NOT use aluminum foil. It is the silent enemy of delicious, semi-crispy potato skins!
Sprinkle all sides with sea salt (don’t use table salt, it’s not as good) and pepper.
Bake for 90 mins. turning half-way through. Stab those babies with a fork across the tops once you’ve turned them, too!
Cut down the center, fluff insides with a fork and top with your favorite toppings.
My favorites include:
Fresh green onion
Chopped sweet onions
Sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt if you’re going healthy)
Shredded cheddar cheese
Homemade BBQ Sauce (recipe to come soon)
Feta Cheese and balsamic vinegar
Bacon (ohhhh yeahhhh)