The jacket potato is a British favourite – whether it’s eaten as a side to an evening meal or as a healthy lunch. These simple potatoes can be turned into a delicious snack just by using a little creativity for the filling but you might be reluctant to try something different from the classics of baked beans and cheese. Doing so could open your eyes to a world of possibilities though, and here are our five favourite jacket potato fillings, What are yours?
- Chilli con carne –One of the most popular toppings for a jacket potato has to be chilli. As it’s so filling, it can be eaten as either a lunch or a main meal. Make your favourite chilli recipe – all you need is minced beef, onions, chopped tomatoes, chilli powder and kidney beans – and then top it off with some sour cream or cheese. Here’s our recipe for the perfect chilli con carne to put inside your jacket spud.
- Bacon and cheese –Instead of topping the potatoes, this time you’re going scoop out the insides, so you’re just left with the skin. Mix the fluffy potato with grated cheese, crispy bacon pieces and a good spoon of mayonnaise. Fill the skins with the mixture, sprinkle cheese on top and grill.
- Tuna mayonnaise – As a favourite sandwich filling it’s no surprise tuna mayo has made it onto this list. Simply mix together a can of tuna, drained and rinsed, with mayonnaise and bulk it out with spring onions, sweetcorn or chopped cucumber.
- Italian-style –You could easily make your jacket potato into something special with a few Italian ingredients. Instead of the usual cheddar cheese, top your tattie with ricotta, parmesan and mozzarella. Add a dash of pesto and sundried tomatoes for the final flourish.
- Veggie – Who says jacket potatoes have to be loaded with cheese and sour cream to be tasty? If you want a healthier option, cook your favourite vegetables – broccoli, carrots, green beans and baby corn work well – and cover with tomato sauce or gravy.
The perfect spud
Of course, the filling for your jacket potato is only as good as the spud it’s added to. It’s a myth that to get a delicious jacket potato, it has to be baked in the oven for at a couple of hours. With jacket potato’s from McCain you can get the same tasty treat in just five minutes – making it easy to whip up these tasty taters in your lunch hour.