8 small Idaho baking potatoes or Yukon Gold potatoes
8 garlic cloves, sliced into thin slivers
coarse black pepper
1. Preheat oven to 450° F.
2. Using a sharp or electric knife starting at one end and going to the other, cut slits on top of each potato 1/8 of an inch apart, being careful not to cut all the way to the bottom of the potato; see method above. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet.
3. Place a garlic sliver into each slit. Sprinkle each potato with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil.
4. Bake 1 hour, baste with the pan oil and then continue to bake for another 30 minutes, until potatoes are soft.