From my research, here are some best baked potato themes.
1. Scrub with a brush to clean--but not too hard. 2. Rub with olive oil (or melted butter). Then roll with sea salt or garlic mixture. Here's a rock salt method too.3. Potatoes really do blow up if you don't prick them with a fork or knife (but just a few times or they're more likely to dry out).4. If you microwave for 3-4 minutes per potato and then oven bake, it'll bake faster. Or, microwave and then put in the oven to get the skin crispy. The combo-cooking method is popular. 5. Baking at 400 degrees for 60 minutes seems the most common baking time. However, 350 was the runner-up. (See Alton Brown's Basic Baked Potato Recipe Recipe.)6. Loaded baked potatoes are a great--and cheap--way to feed a crowd. (Seriously, this Poker Night menu is ultra cheap. Shopping list is basically eggs, potatoes, meat for slow-cooker bbq, instant pudding, bananas, and Nila Wafers.) For variations, check out 5-to-Try: Baked Potatoes.So, what have I missed? Are you a die-hard microwaver or oven purist? Do share. I'm now obsessed.