Special Baked Potatoes Recipe
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Special Baked Potatoes Recipe

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For a nifty way to spice up plain old potatoes, try Tressa Surdick's recipe. To make them, she slices the spuds, then seasons them before baking. "Just before they're done, I sprinkle cheese on top of each potato. Our guest always rave about the," Tressa pens from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania. (To make the cutting easier, Tressa share this tip: "Place the handle of a wooden spoon along the bottom of the potato—this will prevent your knife from going all the way through.")
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hr
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hr
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 medium baking potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley or 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes


  1. With a sharp knife, slice potatoes thinly but not all the way through, leaving slices attached at bottom. Fan potatoes slightly. Place in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Drizzle with butter. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and salt.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 425° for 50 minutes. Sprinkle with cheeses and parsley; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Special Baked Potatoes in Country Woman May/June 1998, p28

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Reviewed Jul. 21, 2014

Thanks for a simple recipe for baked potatoes that jazzes them up without turning them into something other than...baked potatoes.

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2013

I made this tonight with my 10 year old daughter for some special girl time. My family loved it! My daughter was thrilled that she creAted such a pretty potato dish.

Reviewed Jul. 14, 2010

These were very tasty and my husband loved them.

The calorie count is not to difficult to calculate. One average baking potato = 164. 1/2 tbsp. butter = 50. 1/4 cup grated cheddar = 88. 1/2 tbsp. grated Parmesan = 44. Grand total for one of these potatoes is 346 calories. Maybe not something you'd want to indulge in on a daily basis, but once in a while won't kill you.

Reviewed Jun. 19, 2010

Only because there's no calorie count on this recipe.

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