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Scored Potatoes

These well-seasoned baked potatoes are a fun alternative to plain baked potatoes. It's easy to help yourself to just the amount you want, too, since the potato halves are scored into sections. — Barbara Wheeler, Sparks Glencoe, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 50 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • With a sharp knife, cut potatoes in half lengthwise. Slice each half widthwise 6 times, but not all the way through; fan potatoes slightly.
  • Place in a shallow baking dish. Brush potatoes with 1 tablespoon butter. Sprinkle with paprika, parsley, salt and pepper. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50 minutes or until tender. Drizzle with remaining butter.
Nutrition Facts
2 potato halves: 336 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 68mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 8g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • Cindy
    Mar 8, 2021

    Easy and tasty One thing I found was due to the baking time to get the inside done the skin got a little more crispy than I thought it would. It could have been due to the butter causing it to oven fry? Maybe next time I will rub a little EEOV on the skin and see if that helps. Otherwise it was a nice change.

  • oreo95
    May 30, 2020

    Love the simplicity of this recipe. Easy to cut recipe down for 2 servings. A definite keeper, easy to alter seasonings for different flavors. Thank you Barbara!

  • Orbs
    Mar 31, 2020

    Very fancy and delicious! I cut the recipe in half. Thank you, Barbara, for sharing this recipe.

  • TCBurch
    Mar 22, 2020

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  • Bonnie
    Mar 15, 2020

    To Misamojo: This is not a platform for your rants. Five stars, great recipe, thanks Barbara.

  • Noelle
    Jan 29, 2019

    I having been using the recipe for 20 years and it never fails to please. They are perfect with so many entrees an easy to make.

  • jaiswayney
    Nov 21, 2017

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  • Misamojo
    Nov 13, 2017

    Can't wait to try with thin slices of cheadder cheese in the slices, sprinkle with bacon (if your gutsy baste using melted bacon fat vs. butter. PALEO-ishy!) chives, garlic, salt, pepper and paprika. Adding the cheese 1/2 way through baking, when flopped if preferred method. Can't go wrong. Ever wonder why I spent to much of my adulthood with great grandparents, they didn't buy into over processed, refined food full of higher artificial sugars and fake fats. Humans need fat, the body does not need any carbs for survival. So I say yeah, a body needs healthy fats so an occasional indulgements of jazzy potatoes is good. I have observed several relatives and friends diagnosed with cancers all either eat processed diets is canned pastas, packaged diner kits, sugar and butter substitutes, NEVER smoked tobacco or drunk an alcoholic beverage are the ones who are in recent years diagnosed with cancer.

  • geipa
    Apr 6, 2017

    i made these twice. First time I didn't like them. They came out too crusty. The second time they were better but just OK. Will try one more time before I toss the recipe.

  • NancyKLong
    Mar 16, 2017

    have been doing a variation of these for eons, but I put the potatoes face-side down for half the time and then turn over. They seem to do better that way and takes about 30-40 mins. at 375