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Special Baked Potatoes

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 hour
  • Makes
    4 servings


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


  • 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 13x9-in. baking dish. Drizzle with butter. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and salt.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 425° for 50 minutes. Sprinkle with cheeses and parsley; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until lightly browned.
Nutrition Facts
1 potato: 375 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 750mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 8g fiber), 10g protein.

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  • Dawn
    Mar 1, 2021

    I'd used a greased 11"-x-7-" baking dish with the 2 tsp. dried parsley flakes! I got 4 taters out of this recipe! They're very tasty!

    Dec 9, 2018

    you make these potatoes to sound like they' re your own recipe. I think you know they are called "hasslebacks" and they've been around for years. Your cutting instructions are exactly like the old recipe also.

  • randcbruns
    Apr 8, 2018

    Great twist to the classic baked potatoes. Everyone always compliments how fancy they look. They are super easy and you can make them anyway you like.

  • Jillmcjazz
    Jan 17, 2016

    Very delicious way to make baked potatoes. Love them

  • Chickermunker2
    Jul 21, 2014

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

  • justducky76
    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.

  • Aquarelle
    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.

  • akbrendarobert
    Jun 19, 2010

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