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  Potatoes 6 Large
  Butter/Margarine / drippings / salad oil 2 Tablespoon

Scrub potatoes thoroughly, using cool water and vegetable brush.
Rinse well.
If soft skin is preferred, rub potatoes all over with butter, margarine, bacon drippings or salad oil.
Otherwise skin will bake crisp, which many people prefer.
Place in a shallow pan in preheated oven.
For light, mealy potatoes, use oven temperature of 425°—450° F., but for convenience when baking complete oven dinner, temperatures as low as 350°—375°F.
may be used.
Allow about 1 hour for medium potatoes.
At very high heat they will be ready sooner, of course.
When potatoes are baked, prick tops or cut a cross on each.
Squeeze potatoes to allow steam to escape, making potatoes fluffier.
Serve with butter or margarine and sprinkle of paprika, with commercial sour cream mixed with chopped chives or with butter mixed with crumbled blue cheese.
Note: Select sound potatoes of even sizes.
Medium or large potatoes bake better than do small ones.
New potatoes do not bake well.
To retain maximum vitamin C, it is best that potatoes not be pricked with a fork before baking.
Pricking before baking does, however, prevent potatoes from bursting in oven, and it may result in drier baked potatoes.
If desired, potatoes may be wrapped in aluminum foil for baking; potatoes are then actually oven-steamed, which keeps skins soft.

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Side Dish

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 1596 Calories from Fat 227

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 26 g39.9%

Saturated Fat 15.9 g79.4%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 64.5 mg21.5%

Sodium 110.9 mg4.6%

Total Carbohydrates 330 g110.2%

Dietary Fiber 39.5 g157.9%

Sugars 14 g

Protein 36 g73%

Vitamin A 15.7% Vitamin C 589.1%

Calcium 22.3% Iron 77.8%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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