I made a baked potato using Guy Fieri’s recipe, and it was totally worth the 7-hour wait

(left) photo of ina garten on top of her baked potato (right) photo of guy fieri on top of his baked potato
I was blown away by Guy Fieri’s recipe. Paige Bennett; Michael Loccisano / Getty; Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Discovery

I love cooking, but I never thought I’d actually enjoy spending seven hours in the kitchen for a humble baked potato.

This baked-potato recipe from celebrity chef Guy Fieri is worth the wait.

Read on to learn more about the technique and recipe.

I started by scrubbing the potatoes and soaking them in a brine for several hours

Potatoes sitting in a bowl of water with a glass holding them down
I had to weigh the potatoes down so they’d stay in the brine. Paige Bennett

The key to these delicious baked potatoes is soaking them in a brine of salted water.

I combined warm water and a hefty amount of salt in a large mixing bowl and placed scrubbed russet potatoes into the brine.

To keep the potatoes from floating to the top, I used a glass to weigh them down. Then I let the potatoes rest in the brine for a whopping six hours.

From there, I rolled the briny potatoes in even more salt

Baked potato rolling in guy fieri salt mixture
There were a lot of salty flavors going on. Paige Bennett

After brining the potatoes, I rolled them in a mixture of seasoning salt, garlic salt, kosher salt, and black pepper.

I don’t enjoy overly salted food, so at this point, I was worried that I wouldn’t like this recipe.

The instructions don’t say anything about puncturing the potato, so it went straight into the oven on a sturdy baking sheet at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes.

While the potatoes baked, I whipped up a horseradish sour cream

Prepared guy fieri baked potato and horseradish sour cream recipe
The topping was very easy to make. Paige Bennett

Fieri serves the potatoes with a quick horseradish sour cream, which consists of horseradish (I used store-bought), sour cream, salt, and black pepper.

I mixed these ingredients while the potatoes were baking so the topping would be ready to go.

Finally, it was time to assemble and dig in

Completed guy fieri baked potato recipe with horseradish sour cream
The texture was so creamy and fluffy. Paige Bennett

The potatoes were done after 45 minutes in the oven.

I sliced into one and immediately knew it’d be amazing. The interior was so tender, and the skin was so crispy that it was lifting up at the edges.

I topped the spud with a generous amount of the horseradish sour cream and quickly devoured it.

The texture was perfect, with a creamy center and crunchy skin. Admittedly, the skin was a little too salty to eat much of on its own. But I enjoyed a few bites of it paired with the horseradish sour cream, which balanced out all the salt.

The contrasting textures, varying flavors, salty coating, and creamy horseradish topping all came together in the best way. Even though it takes nearly seven hours to make, this potato is worth waiting for.