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Baked Potatoes

Baked or Jacket Potatoes

The great thing about proper baked potatoes ? You can just throw them in the oven and just take them out when they are ready. Preparation is very quick and easy and they just taste fantastic. Fluffy and soft on the inside and with a hard crispy skin on the outside.

jacket potatoes

They can be eaten as a snack, an accompaniment or even as a main meal, with the right toppings. The cool thing is you can add whatever toppings you like to customize your own potato.
Baked, or jacket potatoes, are basically potatoes that have been cooked in the oven with very little pre-preparation. If you want a quick baked potato, they can also be cooked in the microwave. [Put on full power for about 10 minutes]. However this will not give you a crispy skin, and we like crispy skins.

potato side dish

Best Baking Potato?

Some potatoes are better than others for baking in the oven. Recently I have discovered Irish Rooster which are fantastic for baking. They come quite large, which is good as you do not need to bake so many, and they produce a very crispy skin which we all love to eat here.

In this link to Gardener’s World you can find a review of 10 potato varieties trying to find the best baking potato. Obviously, every country has its own varieties so you will have to experiment yourself to find the best where you live.

potato accompaniment

Obviously in Ireland the potato is an important part of the Island’s history. The potato blight in the 1800’s led to the Great Famine which caused an enormous amount of deaths and emigration from Ireland. Luckily now the population is not just dependant on potatoes, but back in those days, it was an essential part of survival.

jacket spuds

It is good to see that despite these awful historical facts the potato has survived through the generations and is still a staple part of our diet in the west.

How to make a jacket potato

Baked Potatoes

Baked Potatoes

Baked potatoes are great comfort food. You can select the fillings of your choice and make a perfect tasty meal, accompaniment or even just a snack.

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 31 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 potato
  • Butter
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt, Pepper
  • Your choice of fillings:
  • Butter, grated Cheddar cheese, Hellman’s Real Mayonnaise, bacon pieces, chives, sour cream, pepper, Mango chutney, pickles, ham….the list goes on

Instructions

  1. Clean the outside of the potato and cut away any imperfections.
  2. Brush the outside of the potato in oil and sprinkle salt on the skin. Prick twice on both sides with a fork.
  3. Bake in a pre-heated oven in a baking tin at 200C for about 90-100 minutes depending on size.
  4. Remove from oven and cut immediately in two pieces to release the steam. 
  5. Use a knife to cut parallel lines in the inside part of the potato in both halves. Then add your chosen fillings to suit.

Notes

Serve up together with whatever you want. Baked potatoes are so versatile, you can eat them with all sorts. Recently we made some to go with our BBQ, which was great.

If you liked this recipe, you may want to try this mashed potato recipe or this roast potato recipe. Or maybe this gratin dauphinoise is the side dish you need?

 

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