Cooking Tips

Recipe: Potatoes and Beyond

By August 11, 2016 No Comments

The simple baked jacket potato is one of the most versatile meals there is and can be dressed up so many ways.  If you have a microwave, it takes a matter of minutes to cook, and if you’re using a conventional oven, you can pop one in, and leave it to cook while you go off and do something else. It’s a bit of a waste to cook one potato at a time in a conventional oven though, so if you can, plan to pop in a potato or two while you’re cooking something else. Then you can simply reheat it in 15 – 20 minutes when you want to eat it.

If you fancy something a bit different (and slightly sweeter), use a sweet potato instead. Follow exactly the same process to cook it.

The basics
Before you start, scrub the potato well to remove any dirt. Then prick it a few times with a fork to help it cook more evenly and prevent it from exploding in the oven.
 
In a conventional oven
If you like, you can rub it with a little oil and salt to help crisp up the skin. Cook it for an hour at 200°C, then test with a fork to see if it’s soft and cooked through. Depending on its size, it may need another 15 to 30 minutes.

In a microwave
Cook on high for 8 to 10 minutes, preferably on a piece of kitchen paper to help absorb the moisture. Once it’s cooked, you can crisp the skin slightly by rubbing it with oil and putting it under a hot grill, turning regularly.

Toppings

The only thing limiting you here is your imagination. Try one (or a combo) of these, depending on what feels right:

  • Butter and grated cheese
  • Cheese, bacon and spring onion
  • Cheese and coleslaw
  • Bacon and sour cream/cream cheese
  • Roasted veggies and cheese
  • Avo, feta and onion
  • Baked beans
  • Bolognaise sauce
  • Chicken and mayonnaise
  • Chicken and sweetcorn in cream cheese or cheese sauce
  • Chicken and pesto
  • Tuna and mayonnaise
  • Cooked spinach and feta/cream cheese/yoghurt
  • Mushrooms cooked in butter
  • Smoked salmon and cream cheese
  • Scrambled egg and bacon
  • Broccoli and cheddar or cream cheese
  • Hummus

Baked potatoes are best served hot, but the filling can be hot or cold. Enjoy!

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