We love jacket potato. It’s healthy, filling and filled with vital nutrients. Problem is – we don’t own a microwave, and we work loooong hours, which means that cooking a perfectly crispy jacket potato when we get home just isn’t an option. If we really want one – we usually head down to London Road and buy one. It’s such a shame…
I had the afternoon off work today – after a coffee with a friend, and lunch with Dan, I decided that today was a perfect opportunity to cook us a spud for dinner. With the first chill of Winter arriving, and the rain beating on the ground outside… who wouldn’t want a belly-warming jacket potato for tea?
What is a perfect jacket potato then? We’ve all had them. Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside. Need I say anymore?
Want to make one? I’ve done some research and believe these are the five simple steps to creating a crunchy yet fluffy jacket!
Step 1: Use Desiree potatoes. Wash them, pat them dry and leave out somewhere on your work surface to dry completely. Prick the skin with a fork.
Step 2: Smother them with vegetable oil – get in there with your hands and make sure they are covered.
Step 3: Rub in plenty of salt. Some recipes say to use sea salt – but sea salt vs table salt, they’re kind of the same thing, so just use whatever you have in.
Step 4: Put them in the oven on a medium to high heat. Cooking them on a lower heat for longer ensures a good crunch. Whilst baking them on a higher heat with have them on your plate quicker – they won’t be perfect!
Step 5: Bake for between 1 hour 30 mins and 2 hours dependant on the size. You can test with a sharp knife if needed – ours were pretty big and I baked them on 180 degrees for 2 hours. Slice in half and enjoy with your favourite filling.
C’mon – I know it’s a totally easy thing to make – but hey, we all love a perfect jacket potato!
Hayley Jayne xx