Wednesday, 14 May 2014

The Jacket Potato

It's hard to better a really good baked spud!

All hot and comforting and full of lovely buttery tastiness.

It's really easy to do and it doesn't matter if your cooking 1 or 100 the timings and prep are still the same.......although you might need a bigger oven!

This is my tried & tested recipe and hasn't (so far) failed me.

First of all the potato

I only use Maris Pipers. They are an excellent all round potato for roasting, mashing, chipping and of course, baking.

Pre heat your oven to 190C/Gas 5

Give your potatoes a rinse and then pop in a bowl. Sprinkle on a good handful of salt which will stick to the damp skin and then pop them in the oven - not on a tray but directly on the shelf.

I use maldon salt with it's large salt crystals - I love the look and taste.

I don't foil them, prick them, oil them, pre-microwave them or anything else - keep it simple I'm all for that!

Leave the potatoes for about an hour and then give them a squeeze (use a cloth - don't burn yourself) the potato will feel soft & yielding when done.

If they need a bit longer - pop them back in.

The average spud will usually take about 1 hour  - 1hour 15mins in my oven.

Once cooked remove from the oven and brush off some of the salt (otherwise you will be drinking water all night!)

Open the spud and top off with a big knob of real butter and some black pepper. I also sprinkled on some chives to make it look pretty!

To turn the simple baked potato in to a evening meal just add a topping.

This can be as complicated as you wish. For simplicity a tin of beans & grated cheese are hard to beat and I have known of students living off this meal for weeks. A tub of shop brought coleslaw will also work a treat but we like a tuna based topping on ours.

(Serves 2)

1 x 185g tin tuna (I buy the ones in spring water not brine or oil)
2 sticks of celery - chopped
1 small orange pepper - cubed
2 spring onions - chopped
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
2 tablespoons natural yogurt
zest half a lemon
few fresh twists black pepper

Mix all of the above together and taste. Adjust your seasoning to your desired taste and and more yogurt or mayonnaise if a creamier topping is required.

You could try adding sour cream instead of the mayonnaise & yogurt and red onion not spring onions.
Also some fresh chilli can add a kick to this topping as well.

Yum .............and yum

Hope you enjoy this one it's scrumptious and feels really healthy to boot!