4russet potatoes (about 2 pounds total), scrubbed well
coarse ground black pepper
Place oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper for easy clean up.
Wash and dry potatoes well. Poke potatoes a few times lightly with a fork or the tip of a paring knife.
Rub potatoes with oil and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Place on baking sheet, sides not touching each other.
Bake for 45-60 minutes or until fork tender.
Remove from oven. Using a sharp knife, immediately make a cut in the top of the potatoes. Using an oven mitt, gently squeeze the bottoms of the potatoes to open up the tops. Or spread them apart with a couple of forks.
Serve with desired toppings.
Make as many potatoes as you like, just don’t overcrowd the baking sheet.