How to make jacket potatoes

How to make jacket potatoes

The ultimate guide on how to make jacket potatoes with insightful hints and tips to bring your spuds up to perfection.

Alternatively referred to as the baked potato, this wholesome and fulfilling snack is the go-to for taste, satisfaction and splendour! 

It’s often a simple process but we want you to experience max enjoyment every time – here are some tips for jacket potato perfection.

Spud selection

If you want to achieve that cloud-like lightness inside, floury potatoes would be a wise choice. They range in size so you can either go for a decent brunch-sized meal or a full blown supper. If you’re after a particular type of potato, Roosters or Maris Piper are great selections!

Microwave or oven?

This is a decision which vastly differs in the amount of time you dedicate to the meal! If you’re whipping up a quick lunch or snack fix, then the microwave option is the convenient choice, but if you want to focus on creating that crunchy crispy skin with a fluffy inside then the oven option is for you. You can combine both methods and give the spud a head-start in the microwave for 6 minutes and transfer it to the oven for 25-30 minutes afterwards (varies on size of potato).

Getting it crispy

To achieve that beautiful outer crispy skin refrain from using foil – it traps in the steam and moisture which gives the skin a soft and shrunken consistency. Give the potato a good wash and prick with a fork so the steam can free itself – adding a dash of sea salt before the skin hardens adds tremendous flavour. After the oven has preheated slot the spud into the middle shelf to be cooked for around 60 minutes. To check it’s up to Jacket Potato perfection give it a squeeze (mind the heat!) where you should feel a crunchy exterior and a soft inside.

Fill ‘er up!

The fillings are the fun part where you’re free to make the jacket potato anything you want it to be! You could stick with the traditional toppings like baked beans and cheese or branch out to more adventurous options.

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