Bay Baked Potato

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"I had forgotten about this simple yet flavorful way to bake a potato. We first had this remarkable dish after my wife had gallbladder surgery. One of the nurses told us about this and we are glad they did! You can add butter to this recipe if you like and are not on a restricted diet after surgery. First published to the web by Shadows on October 30, 2007."

Original recipe yields 1 serving


  • Serving Size: 1 (401.7 g)
  • Calories 322.4
  • Total Fat - 4.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 0.6 mg
  • Sodium - 59.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 65.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 8.4 g
  • Sugars - 3 g
  • Protein - 7.8 g
  • Calcium - 54 mg
  • Iron - 3.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 73.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Step 2

Cut potato almost in half length wise.

Step 3

Place bay leaf between halves. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add butter if using.

Step 4

Place potato on a square of foil and close tightly.

Step 5

Place in a 400 F oven for about 40 minutes.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



How did I miss this this recipe, a great way to add flavour to baked potatoes. Admittedly I topped mine with sour cream and added snipping of chives. Anyone on a restricted diet would enjoy it with a touch of salt and pepper. It's that flavorful.

review by:
(7 Apr 2021)

Sue Lau

The bay leaf gives the potato a subtle but deliciously savory flavor, that regardless of the topping for the potato, will give the potato the little oomph to make it go from ordinary to extra-special.

review by:
(8 Oct 2014)


What a great way to bake potatoes. I was surprised at how much flavour the bay leaf offered the potato!! Will be doing them this way from now on. Thanks for sharing this here.

review by:
(2 Aug 2013)

Derf "RIP" Forever in our Kitchen

We loved these baked potatoes, my bay leaves were quite small so i used 3 on each potato with butter and the salt and pepper, a simple and flavourful wasy to do them. Thanks for posting.

(4 Feb 2013)