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By Ruth Barnard

Winter is here which means it's time to bake jacket potatoes and have fun
creating your own jacket filling

What you need:

• Potatoes – the best for baking are big old floury potatoes like Agria or Vivaldi

• Butter or buttery margarine

• Salt

• Kitchen towel

• Your favourite jacket potato fillings, toppings and optional side dishes (ideas below)


Bake the perfect Jacket Potato

Many people agree that the perfect jacket potatoes have a well cooked crispy and slightly chewy skin with fluffy potato inside. Here is how to bake the perfect jacket...

1. Preheat the oven to 220C

2. Remove any eyes or bad bits from your potato and wash them thoroughly under cold running water using a scrubbing brush to get out any dirt

3. Pat the potatoes dry with a kitchen towel

4. Rub a small amount of butter over each potato with your hands making sure the whole of the potato is evenly covered and then rub a pinch of salt over each potato. The butter will help the potato's skin to crisp up.


5. Get an adult to help you to place them in the oven on the middle rack. Leave them to cook for an hour.

6. To test if they are cooked insert a skewer or a fork and if it pierces through the skin and slides in easily then they are ready.

7. Get an adult to help you to cut a criss-cross in the top of your hot potato then use a paper towel to quickly squeeze your potato so that it will open out and begin to fluff up inside

8. Use a fork to fluff up the inside of your potato


9. Place your toppings such as cheese and beans on top - you also have the option of popping it back in the oven for five or ten minutes to let your cheese melt into the potato

10. Add a side of salad, serve and enjoy!


Jacket Potato Filling Ideas:

• Classic Potato - Beans or spaghetti and cheese

• Pizza Potato – choose your favourite pizza topping and put it on your potato

• Blood and Guts Potato - Mozzarella and Tomato Sauce

• Mermaid Potato - Tuna, mayo and watercress


Tell us what kind of potato you created?

Happy Cooking!

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