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If you're looking for the absolute best baked potatoes ever, consider your search over. This recipe, from Alfred's Steakhouse in San Francisco, is a definite winner. At the restuarant, they're baked early in the day, held in a warming oven, and crisped to order over smoking-hot mesquite coals. You can recreate the crispiness at home by placing the finished product under a broiler or crisping them quickly on a hot grill. Hungry for more? Check out more of our favorite baked potato recipes here.  

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Credit: Photo by Victor Protasio; Prop styling by Audrey Davis; Food styling by Torie Cox

Recipe Summary

2 hrs 15 mins
Makes 8 to 10


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Instructions Checklist
  • While potatoes are still warm, score an X in top of each. Using a kitchen towel, squish potatoes from sides into center so that soft, steamy potato flesh bursts up through the X. Into each X, nestle 1 tbsp. butter, then top with 2 tbsp. sour cream. Sprinkle with chives.

  • Make ahead: Up to 2 hours at room temperature. Recrisp skins on a hot grill (or under broiler), turning often, 5 to 10 minutes.


Alfred's Steakhouse, San Francisco

Nutrition Facts

396 calories; calories from fat 63%; protein 4.8g; fat 28g; saturated fat 12g; carbohydrates 33g; fiber 2.2g; sodium 151mg; cholesterol 51mg.