I don’t know how and it pains me to admit it, but I failed at teaching my daughter a very important duty of a daughter.

(Slowly shaking my head side-to-side)

By the time I became a teenager, I was professional at giving a great massage. Each evening after the family ate dinner and washed the dishes, it was movie time. Cable TV, VCRs and DVRs had not been invented yet, so we just turned on the television and hoped for a good movie.

Mom worked hard and I appreciated her efforts to take care of me, so I doted on her. While we watched television, I massaged her neck, shoulders, back and feet. Not to brag, but I developed quite a knack for giving a good massage.

This is where I confess my failure…

My daughter rarely IF EVER massages me and she isn’t that great at it. Sorry Alyssa. (smile) I am so deprived! All the thousands of hours that I have massaged will never be reciprocated! *sigh*

So I present to you my recipe for…

Massaged Potatoes

Start with 8 baking potatoes.

baking potatoes

Wash the potatoes well under running water.
You definitely don’t want gritty dirt in your final dish.

wash the potatoes well

They will be cooked on the top part of a grilling pan.
It’s the pan that has the long slitted holes.

the top part of a grilling pan

You have to poke holes in the potato, so if you are feeling stressed,
just stab them about 1/2 an inch into the potato.
Ahhh, such a nice stress reliever.
It’s okay to stab potatoes, I promise.
Whether you poke holes or stab holes,
you need to do it about 30 times.
I told you it was good stress reliever.

poke some holes in the potatoes

Put about 1/2-1 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a bowl
that is wide enough to accommodate the potato in the next step.

extra virgin olive oil

Roll the potato around in the Extra Virgin Olive Oil
and then…….
Massage the potatoes.
Take your time working the oil into the skin and
invisible stabbed holes.
The more you massage, the better the potato will taste.

coat and then massage the potatoes with olive oil

Place the massaged potato on the foil covered grill pan top.

place on the foil covered grill rack

Evenly space all the potatoes.

evenly space the potatoes on the grill rack

If you did a good job at massaging,
your potatoes will be happy
and you will know it.

well massaged potatoes will be happy

Sprinkle all sides of the potatoes with salt.
If you aren’t allowed to have salt or don’t like it,
skip this step.
I can have salt and I love it,
so I use a lot of it.

sprinkle on salt on all sides of the potato

Cook the potatoes in a 350 degree oven for 1-1/2-2 hours.
The bigger the potato, the longer you have to cook it.
To tell if the potato has been cooked long enough,
you should be able to EASILY push a knife all the way through it.
The salt will turn all white on the crispy skin.
I use enough salt that I don’t have
to salt my potato on the inside before I eat it.

after cooking, the skin will be crisp and salty

Split the potato open in half, long ways.
Add a nice pat of butter and watch it melt.

add a nice pat of butter and watch it melt

You’ll have a light and flaky potato oozing with melted butter.

light and flaky potato oozing with melted butter

The potato will be piping hot and a wonderful way to get that occasional carb.

piping hot and such a lovely way to get the occasional carbs

Here, go ahead.
Take a bite.
Mmmm…good isn’t it?

Go ahead. Take a bite. Mmmm, good isn't it?

Massaged Potatoes


8 potatoes
1/2-1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt (optional)
Butter and toppings (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Wash potatoes well and then pat dry. Poke about 30, 1/2 inch deep holes into the potato.

Coat eat potato with oil and then massage the oil into the potato and invisible holes. Put them on a foiled lined baking grill top equal distance apart.

Bake on center rack in center of the oven for 1-1/2 to 2 hours until knife can easily be inserted all the way through potato. The skin will be crispy and the potato will be soft and flaky.

Serve hot with melted butter or add your favorite toppings.

This is definitely a keeper!

It is such an easy recipe, isn’t it?

This post was written by...

Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 Joan April 28, 2011 at 3:37 am

OMG, Redhead Riter, you are killing me with those Massaged Potatoes! I am lusting over them — and not in my heart — my saliva glands are salivating! I'd rather eat your Massaged Potatoes than have sex! That's how yummy they look!


2 PJ April 28, 2011 at 4:29 am

Hey Red! I LOOOOOVE baked potatoes! I never tried them massaged with olive Oil. I bet that is good. I've always used margarine. I'll try OVO next time. It would definitely be healthier. I use margarine on the outside and turn around and use LOTS of it on the inside too! I like a little potato with my butter (margarine).

God Bless!


3 Marlene April 28, 2011 at 4:33 am



4 The Redhead Riter April 28, 2011 at 4:35 am

Well Joan, let's think about that for a second…

1. Eating Massaged Potatoes would always be a good experience.

2. Massaged Potatoes would not hurt your feelings.

3. You would be very satisfied after eating Massaged Potatoes.

4. You can prepare Massaged Potatoes ahead of time and eat them later at your convenience.

5. Eating Massaged Potatoes takes longer than two minutes (wink)

Okay, I can see your point, however, I still think sex is better. I mean really Joan, I'm a redhead so it is just the way I was born. They don't make up those jokes about redheads out of thin air (wink and laughing my butt off!)


5 The Redhead Riter April 28, 2011 at 4:36 am


Someone from the community asked me to post this recipe. Do you remember who it was…you maybe?


6 The Redhead Riter April 28, 2011 at 4:39 am

Well PJ, I guess that makes you like Paula Deen! She likes a little food with her main dish which is BUTTER!

Yes, the olive oil is so much healthier for you. You're one of those people that have to tread lightly on the salt too.

Eating well really does make you feel better. I don't eat potatoes often, but when I do, they are thoroughly enjoyed.


7 TJ April 28, 2011 at 6:09 am

Oh My Sherry, I thank you for all the countless hours for rubbing my aching back and neck!! You were the best and so selfless. I think our pretty child named Alyssa needs to be more thoughtful of her mom and maybe then her hands would be more willing. You expressed your love for me in all you did, thank you so much. I went to a doctor yesterday and had that minor surgery on my back and no one but you called me.

Ps, what is sex?



8 The Redhead Riter April 28, 2011 at 11:27 am

You are very welcome Mom. I love you and am very thankful for all you have ever done for me.

Oh, and don't even pretend you don't know what sex is because I've got YOUR genes LOL


9 The Zany Housewife April 28, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I love potatoes. LOVE them. I could eat them everyday.

In fact, I'm making some tonight. Maybe I'll do it Red style. 😉


10 SarahEliza April 28, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Heya! This recipe looks gorgeous, I think I will have to try it really soon. I have been reading your blog for a while and wanted to give you an award. Please come to my site to claim it: http://curiouserandcuriouserwonderland.blogspot.com/2011/04/my-first-blog-award.html


11 Lori April 29, 2011 at 12:33 am

Oh, that looks so good and so easy!


12 The Redhead Riter April 29, 2011 at 1:58 am

Zany Housewife,

If I ate potatoes every day, my bootie would be so big it wouldn't fit through the door! LOL


13 The Redhead Riter April 29, 2011 at 1:59 am


Thank you for the award. I appreciate you thinking about me! I will visit you in just a minute.


14 The Redhead Riter April 29, 2011 at 2:04 am


It is sooooooooooo easy and even relaxing. I didn't even mention how great your hands feel after rubbing all that olive oil on the potatoes. My hands get so soft especially around my nails which seem to be the driest.


15 Annie April 29, 2011 at 2:18 am

Oh my goodness! Your pictures make me absolutely RAVENOUS — and I just finished dinner a few minutes ago. I've got to try these for myself. These awesome potatoes will be on the menu for dinner next week. Thanks for sharing!


16 The Redhead Riter April 29, 2011 at 4:15 am

LOL Annie! Yeah, I'm in the mood for a potato any day. Very simple to make and I love the way the skins turn out…very flavorful and almost flaky. Hard to describe, but ever so delicious!

Thanks for commenting!


17 Bev May 1, 2011 at 3:14 am

I am in love with your potato's…sigh. I will dream of them tonight.


18 The Redhead Riter May 1, 2011 at 4:19 am

You and me both, Bev. It is rough to cook them and then watch them disappear without ever taking a bite myself!!!


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