Practically Perfect Baked Potatoes

Practically Perfect Baked Potatoes

Baked potatoes fit for the original aproned perfectionist herself, Miss Mary Poppins. 3 ingredients, 60 minutes to gluten-free, dairy-free, low-FODMAP practicality AND scrumptious-ness.

By, variation of Joy of Cooking baked potatoes

I'm always searching for the most reliable and most simple method to make anything, and wouldn't you know it that my old fashioned Joy of Cooking cookbook gifted to me by my first, professional boss (look here for the new book) has the answer to the best baked potato recipe? It doesn't get easier or more straightforward than this! One modification was made to replace butter with oil to make this recipe completely dairy-free.

For those curious about the origins of the name of the recipe, look no further than my love of Miss Mary Poppins (by P.L. Travers as depicted by Walt Disney). She is fabulousness and well-manneredness incarnate, and I can't get enough of her quips and cheeky-cheery disposition. One will recall that upon arrival at the Banks' home, Mary measures up Jane and Michael, and the children ask her to measure herself as well. The result? "Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way." The same can be said for these potatoes. Indubitably.


  • 2 Tbsp kosher salt
  • Several baking potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp high-heat vegetable oil (canola, grapeseed, sesame, peanut)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Prepare a rimmed baking pan: line with foil. Top foil with kosher salt, making a snowlike appearance on the "foil floor." Set aside.
  3. Thoroughly wash and dry potatoes. Rub potatoes with oil. Place potatoes atop salt layer on pan.
  4. Bake potatoes at 400 degrees for 60 – 90 minutes, turning pan once and pricking each potato once with fork.
  5. Remove from oven when potatoes have give when pressed and when tender throughout when pricked with fork. Turn off oven.
  6. Before serving, slice top lengthwise; with both hands, press both ends of potato applying pressure toward middle of potato – this will loosen white inside of potato and give it a good fluff. Using fork, fluff any remaining potato that is stuck to the inside of the potato skin. Be careful – it’s a Hot Potato!


  • Serve with your favorite toppings, whether that be butter, a dollop of lactose-free sour cream, or low-lactose cheese if you are low-FODMAP and love dairy. For dairy-free options, how about blanched vegetables (broccolini, broccoli, Brussels sprouts), sautéed squash, fresh spinach, and fresh herbs? Pairs well with a grilled steak or salmon.
  • Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days, tightly wrapped in foil or plastic wrap.