How to jazz up your jackets! No more boring baked potatoes…

Kipper has a dance class one afternoon a week, which means that we don’t get home till 6 o’clock, so dinner has to be ready and waiting for us when we come in. For months I’ve worked hard to create bakes and casseroles and risottos and things that could cook in the oven while we were out. Then, a few weeks ago, Kipper asked for jacket potatoes for her post-dance-class-dinner. Much easier! Potatoes in, oven set, Bob’s your uncle.

Turns out that Kipper and DH really really like jacket potatoes, and for all those months of hard work and creativity, I could just have been doing baked spuds every week. Which is what we have now, of course.

I usually stick to pretty standard fillings. Here’s a list of some that we really like, either alone or in combination:

  • butter
  • tuna mayonnaise
  • grated cheese
  • baked beans
  • humous
  • egg mayonnaise
  • smoked salmon
  • avocado
  • cream cheese
  • garlic mushrooms
  • coleslaw
  • grilled aubergines
  • olive tapenade

Whatever comes on top, they are both absolutely delighted with their jacket spuds every week. Simple pleasures…

(Incidentally, if you can’t be bothered to bake your own potatoes, McCain frozen jacket potatoes have an SKA hechsher.) 

Anyway, below are some slightly fancier jacket potato ideas from food bloggers, and if that’s not enough, check out my Jacket Potatoes! board on Pinterest. It’s where I’ll be putting all the jacket potato inspiration I can find, to make those post-dance-class dinners a bit more exciting (but just as easy!).

1. If you need a foolproof guide to cooking your jacket potato, follow these instructions for the Ultimate Baked Potato with Cheese, from Supper in the Suburbs.

2. These Veggie Shepherds’ Pie Jacket Potatoes from The Veg Space look brilliant! Hollow out your potato, fill it with a tasty veggie mixture, and pipe the mashed potato flesh back onto the top. Genius! 

3. Spring jacket potatoes with avocado, peppers and mustard cress, from Coffee and Vanilla, sound delicious. Tangy, cheesy, herby and full of avocado. What’s not to love?!

4. My spinach souffle potatoes are always a hit. A light, fluffy, spinachy filling piled into a jacket potato skin and baked to golden, risen loveliness. 
Spinach souffle potatoes

5. And don’t forget about sweet potatoes! This recipe for baked eggs in sweet potatoes is a fabulous way to turn a something simple into something really special.
baked egg in sweet potato

If you want more jacket potato inspiration, be sure to follow my Jacket Potatoes! board on Pinterest. I’ll keep adding new pins to it whenever I find them.

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  1. They all sounds delicious!! And thank you for mentioning my recipe as well.

  2. Oh my gosh I don’t know about you but my mind was blown at the idea of Shepherds Pie jacket potatoes! So creative. Usually we’ll go for the more traditional toppings – bacon, cheese, mayonnaise etc, but I’ll definitely be trying some of these other versions next time! Great list, thanks. 🙂

  3. I love jacket potatoes and make them often in the slow cooker for a really easy meal! It has to be baked beans and cheese for me!

  4. Lovely ideas! The smell of a baked potato in the oven when we get home from one after school club or another is so comforting, I love it!

  5. What great ideas. My daughter adores baked potatoes for dinner and I am sure she would enjoy quite a few of these.

    • Thanks Christie. Kipper loves them too – we’ve been having them every week for ages now and she still isn’t bored with them 🙂

  6. Wow these are some great ideas that I haven’t even thought of. Thank you for sharing such a cool way to spice up the dinner tonight :))

  7. It’s potato-palooza! I’ve never thought of potatoes as a conduit for dinner (or breakfast) Great ideas!

  8. omg love all the ideas. The spinach souffle potatoes look delicious x

    – kristina

  9. I had never thought of a sweet potato one and now it is all I am thinking about ha!

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