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Crispy, Cheesy Baked Potato

Crispy, Cheesy Baked Potato

This is a baked potato with crisp, salty skin, fluffy insides, and a creamy texture you seems indulgent but, in reality, is pretty close to healthy. 

It is true, a recipe for a baked potato isn’t really a recipe. But it is also true that this version of a baked potato is my one-of-those-days dinner, my comfiest of comfort foods. It’s also become my children’s comfiest of comfort foods, and that is why I thought we should share our “recipe” here.


1 russet potato, scrubbed and dried with paper towels
1 teaspoon olive oil
Kosher salt
1 tablespoon grated parmesan 
¼ cup cottage cheese 
1 tablespoon chopped chives or scallions
Freshly ground pepper

Recipe directions: 

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Prick one side of the potato several times with the tines of a fork, to let steam escape while it is baking. Rub the olive oil over the potato, the rub a little salt over that. Place the potato, pricked side up, directly onto the oven rack. Bake for 1 hour.*

While the potato is hot, use a fork to slice open one side of the potato skin. Sprinkle the parmesan into the potato, then put the cottage cheese on top of that. Use the fork to mix the potato and cheeses so that they melt. Add the chives or scallion, and season generously to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. 

*If you’re really hungry or in a rush, you can cook the pricked potato in the microwave on high for 6 minutes. Transfer it to the oven to bake for 30 minutes, or until a knife is easily inserted into the center of the potato.

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