The perfect comfort food choice as well as a popular working from home lunch? It can only be jacket potatoes. All lovely crispy, golden skin on the outside and heartwarming fluffy and soft on the inside. They're an excellent vehicle to try lots of different topping ingredients and flavours with.
Recently fellow jacket potato lovers took to Twitter to join in the UK trending #JacketPotatoHacks chat to share popular toppings, baked potato cooking hacks and all-round spud love. Check out the hashtag on Twitter, have a look at some of our favourite tweets below or browse our recipe collection for more inspiration.
Whether it is a cooking hack passed on from family, read online or something you discovered yourself there are lots of ways to help you get the most out of your jacket potatoes. We've included some of your top tips and you can read our recommendations too on how to get a perfect jacket potato:
#JacketPotatoHacks Cook the potatoes in the microwave until almost done. Then rub the skin with vegetable oil, sprinkle with coarse sea salt and put into a very hot oven for 10 minutes. That way you get really tasty and crispy "jacket".— Ritchie Dee (@ritchie_dee) February 9, 2021
My best hack without fail from my US friends: push a skewer through the potato lengthwise, it will heat up in the oven as your potato bakes and help cook the center more quickly and thoroughly! #JacketPotatoHacks #TheNewPackedLunch #AHDBpotatoes— Vanessa Cox (@CoxeeFoxy) February 9, 2021
It's also possible to microwave them for a few minutes then, after adding a bit of oil and salt to the sking, pop them in the air fryer (if you have one) for a much quicker crisp than putting them in the oven. #JacketPotatoHacks #TheNewPackedLunch #AHDBpotatoes— Anglorain (@Anglorain) February 9, 2021
@BritMums I always cook mine in the slow cooker. Stab them with a fork a few times, wrap them in foil and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. Uses less energy and they taste amazing. Game changer 👌 #JacketPotatoHacks— Helen (@milkpetal) February 9, 2021
Jacket potato’s are great cooked on the bbq too..season rub in oil wrap in foil Pierce all over then place on grill delicious #JacketPotatoHacks— regpinky (@Beckielise) February 9, 2021
#JacketPotatoHacks When oven on for roasting or making a casserole use the space available to bake some potatoes. They can be halved and frozen for use at another time.— annpan (@annpan) February 9, 2021
We do a little buffet of different toppings in separate bowls / containers and everyone has a potato on their plate and then can help them self... I find it encourages adults and children to try new combinations and new flavours and also makes it a simple #JacketPotatoHacks— 💜 ⭐️ Rachel Neary 🙂💕 (@YellowPinkVibe) February 9, 2021
I do think different potatoes are good for different things, but agree that King Edward's are great for a jacket, Maris Piper are a great all rounder #JacketPotatoHacks— Kara (@ChelseaMamma) February 9, 2021
We know that potatoes are often a key ingredient in lots of vegetarian dishes. We also know we want more choice than just baked beans and cheese (although sometimes you can't beat a classic!). Have a look through some of these veg-filled ideas below. The versatility of a jacket potato lunch is one of the reasons we love them so much!
[Ad] Take your taste buds to India with this quick masala chickpeas jacket potato recipe. A healthy, balanced meal (and vegan too!) for the whole family @BritMums @LovePotatoes #JacketPotatoHacks pic.twitter.com/YWdl6Y3UrN— the Curious Pixie (@theCuriousPixie) March 1, 2021
I love making these jacket potato mice for my children.They help to create them too!Cheese, carrots, peas, breadsticks! pic.twitter.com/HPXUUJTQJh— Rachel Smith (@RachelLou09) February 9, 2021
Jackets make a great base to build on and make a hot lunch the way you like it best. The versatility of a jacket potato is one of the reasons we love them so much!
#ad What are your favourite family meals? Stuffed Jackets Potatoes are a fave in our carb-conscious house, they feel like such a treat, yet are easy to make! https://t.co/qMr9P1PWyB @BritMums @LovePotatoes #JacketPotatoHacks #TheNewPackedLunch#AHDBPotatoes pic.twitter.com/C6KvgZjH7Z— Extraordinary Chaos (@sarahjchristie) February 8, 2021
If you’re looking for a quick and easy lunch without too much effort then topping your jacket with leftovers is a brilliant option. So whether it’s last nights chilli or an extra portion of curry in the freezer, a jacket potato makes a great hot lunch. Plus if you cook extra jacket potatoes you can also store them in the fridge or freezer for another day.
What I love most about jacket potato is anything can go in them look at my amazing way to use up excess curry the next day. Pop in the microwave and It is filling,tasty, healthy and great for those wanting to cut food waste in their house. #jacketpotatohacks #cutfoodwaste pic.twitter.com/8ik4n9yc53— claire (@sweetlifeclaire) February 9, 2021
— claire (@sweetlifeclaire) February 9, 2021
Join the conversation and connect with us on our social channels. Ask us your cooking questions, let us know what you think of our recipes, share pictures and videos of your jacket potato dishes and tag us in your posts with #JacketPotatoHacks and #LovePotatoes.
There’s nothing quite like enjoying crisp and crunchy jacket potato with fluffy insides loaded with tasty fillings. Also known as a baked potato, you can whip one up in the oven or microwave for a delicious, satisfying and filling meal. It may not be rocket science but we want your spud to be splendid so here are some tips on how to make jacket potatoes perfect every time!
Simple ingredients mixed together make one tasty result.
Fluffy baked potato with a 'bonfire' topping of melted cheese, bacon, kidney beans, spring onion and a touch of smokey paprika.
Crispy potato skins with ham, shredded cabbage and cheese.
Twice-baked might sound complicated, but these guys are a doddle to whip up, and well worth it at the end.
Simple yet so tasty, the classic combination of pesto, tomato and chicken and yummy baked potato.
Really simple to make, and pretty tasty too! Why not mix up a bowl of the filling and share around the table?
Knowing how to store potatoes correctly not only elongates the shelf life of your spuds but also retains the quality. This means your meals are going to be much better off for it. Feast on our insightful and helpful tips to ensure your potatoes are the best they can be when it comes to cooking up your next meal.
In fact, they’re pretty amazing! Potatoes pack quite a nutritional punch, seeing as they are naturally fat-free, a source of fibre, potassium, salt free, low in sugar and naturally saturated-fat free
Potato is the perfect base to a vegetarian dish. It’s starchy and holds plenty of nutritional qualities such as calcium, potassium and magnesium which greens don’t quite manage to reach.
Why not check out our delicious range of vegetarian recipes today!
In a warming pie or a spicy stir fry, potatoes and meat make the perfect combination. If it’s chicken or beef you love or if you’re just looking for inspiration, feats your eyes on our selection of recipes below – perfect for meat lovers everywhere!
Whether they are served up with sausages or mixed up with cheese and spinach, mashed potatoes are a spud staple that are super versatile and delicious. Everyone has their own preference when it comes to the texture – some prefer it smooth and buttery whilst others prefer it rustic and chunky. Whatever your preference, we just want you to get them right!
That’s why we thought we would share some tips on how to make mashed potatoes and get them perfect every time!
We think you’ll agree when we say there’s not much better than a crispy, fluffy, piping-hot roast potato on your plate. Spuds are an essential part of any roast and getting them right can make or break the meal! With this in mind we thought it would be a good idea to have a look at a few tips on how to make perfect and delicious roast potatoes.
Put on the oven, whack on some music and let’s get roasting!