6 medium baking potatoes (Russet or King Edward)
9 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Scrub and quarter potatoes.  Melt butter in a 9- by 12-inch ovenproof baking dish in oven.

Place potato quarters in dish and turn to coat with melted butter; arrange potatoes cut side down and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until tender when pierced with a sharp knife (30 to 35 minutes).

Servings: 6