this is my favorite way to serve baked potatoes. i simply scrub the potatoes and slice part way down the potato in thin slices, not all the way through. then, i top the potatoes with a spray of olive oil and a dusting of herbs. this shortens the baking time to about 45 minutes. after removing from the oven, i slightly fan the potatoes, if they have not already opened on their own. either offer an herbed butter at the table or gently top with a small spoonful with the serving. guests will enjoy a nicely baked potato with a bit of flair.