I ate baked potatoes for dinner all the time when I was growing up. They were such a staple in our diet, that I probably got sick of them. It wasn’t until years later when I finally learned how to cook them in the oven instead of in the microwave that I started feeding them to my family.

These are a great allergy-friendly dish. They pair well with just about anything, and can be served as the main dish or as the side. When we eat baked potatoes as the main dish, we go all out with a potato bar. For us, that includes butter, salt, pepper, cheese, sour cream, and bacon.

Topping A Potato

My favorite way to dress a baked potato is to cut it down the middle just enough to open it but not enough to cut all the way through. Then I fluff the insides with a fork and lather it with butter. I finish with salt and pepper and a bunch of cheese. When that is all mixed together, I think it tastes like popcorn. 🤔 I’m not sure how that works.

The people who have it the hardest in regards to baked potatoes are probably the milk allergy/intolerant/etc. people. Butter, cheese, and sour cream are no good for them. Since we have a slight milk intolerance that runs through everyone in the family, I have tried some alternatives. I, personally, think Daiya’s pepper jack cheese would be awesome on a potato. And, I saw this awesome post on Instagram from hoosierfoodallergyfamily about dairy alternatives they use. Sounds like the Blue Bonnet Lactose Free butter would work.

My favorite baked potato toppings: butter, salt, pepper, and cheese.

Right after I got done take pictures of these potatoes, my daughter asked if she could have one of them for a snack. After I said she could, I gently handed her the one with cheese all over it. She took a giant bite right out of it without using a plate or silverware. Yeah, potatoes are just good.

How do you top your potatoes? Leave a comment below.

Baked Potatoes

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American


  • 1 potato per person

butter, salt, pepper, shredded cheese, sour cream, chives, broccoli, bacon, chili


    • Preheat oven to 425 °F.
    • Wash the potatoes and stab a few slits in them with a sharp knife.
    • Wrap each potato in foil, shiny side inside, touching the potato.
    • Bake in the oven for 1 hour.
    • Remove foil and serve with desired toppings.

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