Jacket Potatoes (Variations)

Serves: 1-100 | Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 2 mins. | Cook Time: 10 mins or 1 hour 30 mins|Total Time: 20 mins or 1 hour 32 mins.


  • Potato…….. (shocking eh?)


  1. Take a decent size spud, stab it all over. Really go for it. Pretend it’s that person you really don’t like. (Mind your hands!)
  2. Put in the oven wrapped in foil for 1 hour 30 mins. It’s best to do a few at once, because one tater in a whole oven is a bit of a waste.  When it’s done fill with one of the fillings in the notes area.
  3. After about an hour and 20 mins remove from the foil and place on the shelf/tray to crisp. Some people find a spray of oil on the skin helps but personally I’ve never needed that.


  1. Stab it. Put on a microwave plate and set it going. I usually put 3 in the microwave for 10 mins.
  2. If you want to crisp up the skin, put them in the oven on a high temp for about 5-10 minutes, you may want to spray the outside with a little oil.


Not a very complicated thing to make. If you want a crispier tater the oven is the best bet. Though microwaving and then putting in the oven to crisp is also an easy way of doing it. You can also make them out of Sweet Potatoes in the same ways and similar fillings.

There are a great many toppings that suit our lovely old spud.

Chilli with or without cheese. (A good, strong flavour, gooey one.)

Cheese on its own. Though crisping up a couple of piece of bacon and snipping them up and sprinkling on with the cheese is also a great combo. Goats cheese is nice too. Mmm or feta! *drools*

Tuna, with mayo or cheese or sweetcorn. Add some spice and cottage cheese.

Cottage cheese.

Garlic mushrooms, not the battered ones. Sautéed in butter with a few herbs and a tonne of garlic then spooned into the spud.

Minced beef and onion in a gravy. It’s like an upside down cottage pie.

Steak sliced up into strips and fried onions.

Baked beans. To make this a bit more exciting, add some spices, worcester sauce or brown sauce to the beans. Or Cheese and beans.

Broccoli and cheese.

Grilled peppers and Chorizo.

Eggs! Cook the taters as above, scoop a bit out of the middle. Break an egg into the tater and put it in the oven. You’ll know when the egg is cooked because it won’t be jiggly any more.

Spicy chickpeas. (In a pan put the chickpeas (from a tin) add some spices and diced onions and two diced tomatoes. Put it on the heat and cook until the chickpeas are soft.)



The list is virtually endless.

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