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
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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 Jan. 17, 2016

"Very delicious way to make baked potatoes. Love them"

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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