With this cold, stormy weather we are currently experiencing, this time of year is perfect for celebrating my favourite kind of potato - the Jacket Potato! Since I was a child, I have always loved a good Jacket Potato - and the crispier the skin the better! I remember watching them cook in their foil in the oven as a child, willing them to be ready so that I could dig my fork in and get the fluffy potato loveliness out.
Someone once gave me a good tip to get a crunchy potato skin: Brush the potato with some oil and sprinkle maldon sea salt over the top for extra flavour and a crisper finish. I swear by this method now each time I cook jacket potatoes. I tend to prick them with a fork, place them in the microwave for ten minutes, and then coat them in oil and salt, and wrap them in foil. I then cook them in the oven on a low-medium temperature for 1-2 hours.
When we think of Jacket Potatoes (or baked potatoes if you are from the other side of the pond), it is really easy to get sidetracked thinking about non-veggie options to accompany Jacket Potato such as Tuna and Sweetcorn, Bacon. Chicken Tikka etc.
However, Jacket Potatoes can make a great meal for Vegetarians as they help to fill you up, whilst also providing the base for some delicious toppings. Here are some fantastic no-fail Vegetarian fillings for Jacket Potatoes:
- Baked Beans
- Cheese and Beans
- Cheese and Coleslaw
- Cheese and Pickle
- Cheese and Apple
- Cheese and Marmite
- Vegetarian Chilli
- Vegetarian Bolognese
- Vegetable Stew
- Sour Cream and Chives
- Cream Cheese and Chives
- Cottage Cheese (keep it old skool)
- Pizza Sauce (tomato) with Shredded Mozarella
- Cheese and Onion
- Chickpeas & Avocado
- Cheese sauce with vegetables
- Brocolli and Cream Cheese
- Vegetarian Sausages and Beans
- Goats Cheese and Spinach
- Asparagus and Rocket
- Tomato and Salsa
- Tex Mex - Black Bean, Sweetcorn, Salsa and Sour Cream
- Stirfried Onions, Peppers, Mushroom, Broccoli and Carrots (or any veg)
- Quorn Chicken marinated in a variety of sauces (bbq sauce, sweet chilli sauce, red wine sauce, white wine or mushroom sauce)
Or of course, you could just have it on it's own with lashings of Butter
I'm sure that there are lots I've missed. Do you have any other Vegetarian Jacket Potato fillings you could suggest? Feel free to add them in a comment!