This is a very popular way of serving Jacket Potatoes. It does need a bit of pre-planning but if you prepare this earlier in the day it becomes a fabulous food to have following a cold damp bonfire party maybe after a bowl of steaming soup.
Large Baking Potatoes – 1 per person
Dash of Olive Oil
Dash of milk
Cheese grated – I use cheddar
Prick the potatoes and bake in a hot oven for a good hour.
Towards the end of Baking, heat the oil in a small pan and fry the onions adding the bacon lardons.
Add mixed herbs and cook well until the bacon is beginning to crisp.
Remove the potatoes from oven and while still hot cut in half and empty shells into a large mixing bowl.
Add the butter and milk to mash the potatoes.
Then mix the bacon into the mashed potato. Add half the grated cheese.
Return the potato mix back to the empty shells and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
These can then be left until about 20 minutes before you are ready to eat when they need to go into a pre-heated cooker.
Take out and serve piping hot with baked beans, salad or other vegetables. They are very filling and very popular.
I have done this with mackerel fillets, leeks and feta cheese but there are so many combinations you could come up with. Let me know which one goes down best in your household.
Everyone has a favourite recipe for Shepherds or Cottage Pie; do you use lamb or beef? Do you add cheese? What veg do you add in. My recipe uses beef and is quick and easy to fit into a busy family life.
Onions chopped finely
Mashed potatoes with milk and butter
I make straight in the serving dish, to save time and washing so while the potatoes are boiling to make the mash, I chop my onions and put them in the microwave to soften (you can add a dash of water or oil but I do for a very short burst with nothing).
Then I add the meat and microwave in short bursts turning regularly. I want them brown all over, which could easily be done in a pan before transferring. At this point depending on the meat you may wish to throw some of the additional liquid, keep some to keep moist but if the meat has lost a lot of water or fat get rid of now.
Sprinkle over the Mixed herbs and Oxo cubes (I use two to give depth) then cover with baked beans.
Cover with the mashed potato and leave till you are ready to cook then in the hot oven till the mixture is bubbling round the edges and the potato is nicely browned.
Serve with other vegetable if you like or a crunchy salad. We love pickles and chutneys and these go really well with this. Great prepare in advance one pot meal for the whole family.
Enjoy and let me know what variations you serve for your hungry mouths.