101 Ways with a Jacket Potato!
The perfect baked potato has a crispy jacket, a hot, soft centre, and is oozing with melted butter... sigh! It's delicious on its own, and super healthy to boot, but the jacket potato can be SO much more amazing!
You can top it with just about anything; from simple to sumptuous... when I was pregnant with my daughter, I was super hungry at lunchtime but wanted to eat something that was both satisfying and healthy. I had even more of a thing for jacket potatoes than I do normally, but was getting bored of the same old cheese, ham or prawn combos. So I explored all kinds of different topping ideas, using my favourite foods, healthy things to eat in pregnancy and ways to use up leftovers as inspiration!
You truly could think up a different spud for every day of the year... but for now, here are 101 brilliant ideas for baked potato toppings to get you started!
How to Bake the Perfect Spud
If I'm watching my salt intake I just use the olive oil.
Ideal potatoes for baking are King Edward, Red Desiree and Maris Piper.
I learned all the great basics in Delia Smith's How to Cook Book One. The 3-volume series is now available as a Complete Collection:
Bake the Perfect Potato with Antony Worral Thompson
The Best Way to Bake a Potato?
How you like your jacket potato cooked?
In the oven - it tastes so much better when baked properly!
Microwave - I'm too busy to wait for the oven!
Easy Peasy Classic Baked Potato Toppings
Simple but Satisfying Baked Potatoes
Cheese, glorious cheese! It may be the most basic of baked potato toppings but it sure does taste good, melting into that fluffy potato and mixing with all that lovely, oozing butter!
Your basic cheese topping staple would, of course, be good old cheddar, but experiment with different cheeses or even create a multitude of cheeses! Try Parmesan, Gruyere, Red Leicester, Yarg, Brie... you can go for soft cheese as well as hard cheese, or why not try goat's cheese as another alternative?
2. Baked beans
Another baked potato classic! Delicious, filling and very good for you too. I like mine with grated cheese sprinkled on top, how about you?
3. Ham and Cheese
Perk up your cheese topping with some ham! And come on, you can do better than one of those barely-there thin ham slices - treat your potato with respect and pop on a roll of lovely, thick, quality ham! Breaded, honey roast... you choose!
One of my personal favourites! No prawn jacket is complete without that beautiful pink sauce, however! Also known as Thousand Island Dressing, you can make your own Marie Rose sauce by mixing one part ketchup to six parts mayonnaise, and adding any other elements that you like personally in the sauce, such as a tablespoon of lemon juice, a dash of Tabasco or Worcestershire sauce, or even a dash of whisky!
5. Sausage and Beans
Grill a sausage or two, slice and mix into your hot baked beans before pouring all over your freshly baked jacket. For extra melt in the mouth gorgeousness, sprinkle with grated cheese.
Coleslaw is an easy and delicious potato topping - just scoop it straight from the pack! Alternatively, you can make your own delicious coleslaw using a recipe such as this BBC Healthy Coleslaw, or add a twist with this Lemon Coleslaw Baked Potato Topping!
7. Cheese and Bacon
Top your jacket with grilled bacon (plain, smoked or streaky, however you like it!) and sprinkle with LOTS of grated cheese. Pop back into the oven for a few minutes until the cheese has melted. Comfort food in a spud!
8. Tuna and Sweetcorn
Top your baked spud with some tuna and lightly cooked frozen sweetcorn. Mix it up with some mayo for extra yumminess! Tuna goes great with a potato - you could also try out this Baked Tuna Stuffed Potato Recipe too!
9. Cream Cheese and Chives
Cream cheese is delicious oozing all over a hot jacket. Sprinkle some chives on top for extra pizazz. And if you like cream cheese, you'll love the next section of creamy baked potato yumminess...
Baked Potato Toppings for your Kindle!
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Philadelphia Baked Potato Recipes
10. Philly, Bacon and Onion Baked Potato Toppings
11. Herby Baked Potatoes
12. Chive Philadelphia Baked Potato Toppings
13. Spicy Prawn Jackets
14. Philadelphia Extra Light Baked Potato Toppings
15. Baked Sweet Potatoes
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Jazzing up your Jackets with Fancy Baked Potato Toppings
Coronation chicken was originally created to celebrate the Queen's coronation in England. It now graces the likes of jacket potatoes, sandwiches, baguettes and more in many an English pub. Make your own quick and easy Coronation Chicken to top your spud with.
17. Chicken and Avocado
Avocado is a delicious and healthy topping. Combine with chicken for a divine lunch using this Chicken and Avocado Baked Potato Topping recipe!
18. Sour Cream and Chives
Whip up some sour cream and sprinkle over some chives for a delicious tangy topping.
19. Honey Mustard Chicken
I first enjoyed honey mustard chicken as a pasta salad, but soon discovered that it made an awesome topping for potatoes too. Choose your favourite of the numerous Honey Mustard Chicken Recipes and enjoy!
20. Cranberry and Brie
These two were made for each other. They make a mean sandwich and an even meaner potato. Add mayo and pine nuts for an optional extra creaminess or crunchiness!
21. Green Mango Chutney
Make a scrummy Green Mango Chutney and serve on top of your jacket with sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and cheese slices.
22. Tex Mex
Spice up your life and say yee-hah to this Tex Mex Baked Potato with Chilli!
23. Gouda Jacket Potato
Say cheese with this Gouda Baked Potato Topping, for a herby twist on normal cheese.
24. Potato Chantilly
For the ultimate in potato extravagance, go for cream with this Potato Chantilly recipe!
25. Crab Meat
Mix this seafood sensation with coleslaw, sea-food dressing and black pepper. "Pinch" me, it's so good I must be dreaming!
Use cold cuts of Salami, chopped and mixed with black olives, chopped onions and a tasty dressing.
Drain some tinned sardines and sprinkle with black pepper and either lime or lemon juice.
Baked or Jacket?
Do you say baked potato or jacket potato?
Jacket Spuds to Mop up the Leftovers
Easy Peasy Baked Potato Toppings
Casseroles are great batch cooking staples. Use up the leftovers the following day on your spud, or freeze to use as and when. The types are endless - chicken casserole, beef stew, one-pot chicken, Tuscan sausage stew... or how about this pork-tastic Cumberland Sausage Casserole from Jamie Oliver?
Another fab food for leftover inventiveness! Enjoy a delicious spag bol for your dinner, and save the leftover bolognese sauce for your lunchtime potato the following day. We love spaghetti bolognese and my other half always makes too much so this is a regular and much-loved potato topping in our house!
For a spicy spud, opt for leftover curry. Use whatever was for dinner the previous night, it all works, from Beef Curry to Chicken Curry!
31. Beef, Onions and Gravy (or Horseradish Sauce)
Use cold cuts or leftover roast beef. Chop and mix with chopped black olives, chopped onions and a little leftover gravy or horseradish sauce
32. Turkey and Cranberry Sauce
Use up leftover turkey (great for post-Christmas!) and liven it up with a nice dollop of cranberry sauce. Delicious!
33. Chilli Con Carne
This is another dish that always makes for plenty of leftovers, so whop it on your baked spud the following day for a really tasty lunch. Want a great chilli recipe? Try this Good Old Chilli Con Carne by none other than the naked chef himself, Jamie Oliver. Top with soured cream to give your potato some extra zing!
Baked Potatoes in Less Time!
Simple Pleasures from the Humble Baked Potato
Bake your potatoes as normal. When they are just about done, take them out, cut in half and sprinkle with grated cheese (Cheddar, Lancashire, Cheshire, Parmesan... the choice is yours!) before popping back in the oven until the cheese has melted. Serve with chopped chives sprinkled on top. (A nice alternative to chives is spring onion)
35. Egg and Cress
Did you know that salad cress is good for your kidneys, metabolism and eyes? Combine with hard-boiled eggs (peeled and chopped, and served warm) and mayonnaise to make a scrumptious potato topping.
36. Egg Mayonnaise
Make the perfect hard-boiled eggs by bringing to the boil, simmering for 7 minutes, running under cold water for 2 minutes and leaving to cool for 1 minute. Peel and chop, before mixing with mayonnaise and a little black pepper to taste.
37. Cheese and Pickle
Bring out the Branston! Dress your spud with slices of cheese, topped with delicious chunky pickle. Or grate or melt the cheese first, if you prefer.
38. Chicken Salad
This delicious Chicken Salad Recipe (courtesy of Jamie Oliver) makes a tasty lunch on its own, but an even tastier potato topping! If you just want to make it for a potato for one, simply reduce the ingredients accordingly. Or you could make a
39. Chicken and Sweetcorn Salad
Top your spud with flakes of cooked chicken breast, mixed with sweetcorn, mayonnaise and/or lots of garlic butter.
40. Scrambled Egg
Eggs are great in all kinds of toppings, and this is no exception. Cook the perfect Scrambled Egg Recipe and pour over your halved baked potato. Yum!
Mixing It Up - Baked Potato Style
According to the American Century Cookbook, the first Waldorf Salad was created in New York City in 1893, by the maître d'hôtel of the Waldorf Astoria. The original recipe consisted only of diced red-skinned apples, celery, and mayonnaise, with chopped walnuts later added. An alternative to using mayonnaise is to make this classic with yoghurt. Here's how to make the Classic Waldorf Salad.
42. Bacon and Pineapple
Gill some bacon, chop it up and mix with pineapple chunks and either mayonnaise or cottage cheese
43. Cheese and Apple
Top a jacket with slices of apple and cheese, or scoop over some cooked apple and top with grated cheddar or Parmesan. Or add some onion and mustard to the mix with this yummy Baked Potato with Apple Recipe.
44. Marmite and Cheese
Soft, fluffy potato, topped with oozing butter, melted cheese, and a light spread of Marmite.... mmm bliss!
45. Mushrooms and Cream
Melt some butter in a pan and add a couple of handfuls of chopped mushrooms (chestnut, button, portebellini or mixed). Fry until they're soft and cooked. Drizzle in some single cream and heat through.
46. Cottage Cheese and Fruit
Mix cottage cheese with chopped pineapple, chopped strawberries or chopped Kiwi fruit. Or think up other cool fruit combos!
47. Tuna and Coleslaw
Flake the tuna, add chopped red onion, green, red and yellow peppers, salt, pepper and a little mayonnaise.
48. White Fish and Parsley Sauce
Poach some white fish, flake it up and mix with a Parsley Sauce
49. Yoghurt and Onions
Mix a thick, natural yoghurt with chopped red onions (or any other salad ingredients of choice), and add salt and pepper to taste.
50. Yoghurt and Tamarind Sauce
Mix a thick yoghurt with black salt and chilli powder. Spoon over your halved potato and to finish, top with Tamarind or Imli Sauce (which can be bought in bottles from Indian grocers)
Jacket Potato Cool Combo Fillings!
Yummy and unusual combinations from CookItSimply.com
52. Smoked Ham and Pineapple Baked Potato Topping
53. Liver, Mushroom and Onions Baked Potato Topping
54. Sour Cream and Parmesan Baked Potato Topping
55. Turkey and Broccoli Baked Potato Topping
56. Peanut Stuffing Baked Potato Topping
57. Hot Dog and Sweetcorn Baked Potato Topping
58. Lemon and Chutney Baked Potato Topping
59. Caviar and Soured Cream Baked Potato Topping
60. Pineapple Yoghurt and Cheese Baked Potato Topping
The Baked Potato Song
Baked Potato and Vegetable Heaven
1-2 Large potatoes
1 each of red, green and yellow peppers cut into chunks
1 Medium red onion, sliced
1 Aubergine, peeled and diced
Small handful of Black Olives (halved)
2 Crushed garlic cloves
Sprinkle of mozzarrella
Black pepper to taste
* Start baking the potatoes in the oven.at 190 C or Gas Mark 5.
* Toss together the peppers, red onion, olives and aubergine, and arrange in a small baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil, add the crushed garlic, and sprinkle a little cracked black pepper. Put into the oven, uncovered, on the top shelf next to the potatoes. Leave for 20-30 minutes
* Cut the potatoes in half, arrange the roasted veg on top, sprinkle with grated mozzarella (pop back into the oven for a few minutes to help the mozzarella melt!)
Alternatively, roast green, yellow and red peppers with courgettes, aubergine and tomatoes in a drizzle of olive oil, before mixing with Wensleydale, goat's cheese or cream cheese, and some sticky onion relish or onion marmalade.
62. Med Veg Medley
Another super healthy, fabulous vegetable topping is this one. Use a great Mediterranean Vegetable Medley Recipe and top a hot baked spud with the results!
63. Salad Mix
Bake your potato, scoop out some of the soft potato flesh from the top and mix with 1 tbsp chopped cucumber, 1 tbsp chopped apple, 1 tbsp. chopped fresh mint and 2 tbsp Crème Fraiche. Add salt and pepper, and spoon on top of your tat!
64. Goats Cheese and Spinach
Goat's Cheese has a gorgeous flavour and works really well in tarts, salads and starters. It also works magnificently with jacket potatoes, and in this instance, combine with baby spinach leaves for a really tasty meal.
4 baking potatoes
salt and pepper
150ml double cream
150ml vegetable stock
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 crushed garlic cloves
3 tbsp chopped basil
2 tbsp pine nuts
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
* Serves 4 people. Prepare the potatoes as per the instructions at the top of this page. Bake at 190 degrees C until cooked through with crispy skins.
* Cut the potatoes in half and scoop out the potato into a mixing bowl (leaving a thin shell of potato inside the skins) and mash with a fork
* Mix the cream and stock in a saucepan and simmer for about 10 minutes over a low heat (or until reduced by half).
* Stir in the garlic, lemon juice and basil, before seasoning to taste. Stir the entire mixture into the mashed potato along with the pine nuts, and spoon back into the potato skins.
* Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top and pop back in the oven for 10 minutes until the cheese has browned slightly.
66. Asparagus, Rocket and Parmesan
Blanche or steam your asparagus for a few minutes or until tender. Pop a handful of fresh, washed rocket leaves on your baked potato, place the asparagus on top, and finish with large flakes of grated Parmesan.
67. Greek Salad
Think olives, feta cheese, sun blushed tomatoes... utterly delicious! This Feta Cheese and Sun Blushed Tomato Salad Recipe is just perfect for adding to your Mediterranean spud.
Spoon over some of your favourite hummus from the tub, or have a go at your own with this tasty Hummus Baked Potato Toppings recipe.
69. Garlic Mushrooms
Sautee some portabellini or chestnut mushrooms in a pan of melted butter (about a tablespoon full). Add crushed garlic to the pan (1-3 cloves depending on how strong you like the garlic taste) and cook until the mushrooms are soft and nicely browned. Add to your potato while hot hot hot!
70. Four Cheese and Spring Onions
We've already discovered that spring onion is a great chive alternative combo for cheese. Now make it even more delicious with a blend of four cheeses. Chop your spring onions, and grate some cheddar, Gruyere and Lancashire cheeses. Mix the cheeses and spring onions together, halve your baked potato and cover with the mix. Melt back in the oven for a few minutes before taking out, and sprinkling with grated Parmesan. Alternative cheeses include cottage cheese, cream cheese, Red Leicester and any number of Cornish cheeses.
71. Tomato Salsa
Salsa is another superb zingy topping for jackets. Create this spicy Mexican Tomato Salsa courtesy of Delia Smith herself, and taste that zing!
72. Stuffed Vegetables
Vegetables make a great potato topping, whether you are vegetarian or not. Either way, you'll love Vegan Broccoli Cheeze Stuffed Baked Potatoes with vegetables and cheese!
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Variety is the Spud of Life
When is a Potato Not a Potato?
An alternative to the normal jacket potato is the sweet potato, which bakes to a soft and sweet pulp. Bake in a similar fashion to normal potatoes - scrub clean, and bake at 190 C/Gas Mark 5 until soft. Baking time varies depending on the size of the sweet potato, but a rough guideline is 30 minutes for a small one to 60 minutes for larger. Serve with a little oil or butter, indulge in Baked Sweet Potatoes with Cream, or try a nice vegetable topping recipe such as this:
74. Baked Sweet Potato with Sweetcorn and Green Beans
4 sweet potatoes
4oz frozen broad beans
4 oz frozen sweetcorn
4 oz long green beans
5 oz tomatoes
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp torn fresh basil leaves, plus extra to garnish
* Serves 4 people. Prepare the sweet potatoes by scrubbing and piecing with a sharp knife in several places. Bake at 190 degrees C for around an hour, or until soft and tender when pierced.
* Once cooked, turn the oven off but leave them in to keep them warm. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil. Add the broad beans and sweetcorn, returning to the boil before covering and simmering for around 5 minutes.
* Trim the green beans, halve and add to the saucepan. Bring back to the boil, cover and simmer for 3 minutes or until the green beans are just tender.
* To make the dressing, blend the oil and vinegar in a bowl and season with the pepper.
* Drain the vegetables and return to the pan, adding the tomatoes and covering with the dressing. Add the basil leaves and mix together.
* Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven, cut in half and divide the filling between them. Garnish with more basil leaves.
75. Pizza Potatoes
Turn your potato into a pizza with this Pizza Potatoes Recipe!
76. Spud Burgers
Turn your jacket potatoes into burgers! Use the baked potato as a bread roll, slicing it into 2 halves. Fill it with a cooked burger, cheese slices, tomato slice, pickle, sliced onion, tomato sauce, mustard or whatever else you like in your normal burger!
77. Jacket Potato Wedges
A bit like a cross between jacket potatoes and stuffed potato skins! Delia Smith has the fabulous idea down to a fine art here - try her Baked Potato Wedges with Melted Cheese and Spring Onions!
Baked Potato Toppings from The Potato Council!
78. Garlic Mushroom Baked Potato Topping
79. Chicken and Tomato with Greek Yoghurt Baked Potato Topping
80. Tuna, Lime and Coriander Baked Potato Topping
81. Vegetable Chilli Baked Potato Topping
82. Cajun Salmon Baked Potato Topping
83. Dolcelatte and Sunblush Tomato Baked Potato Topping
84. Beef Fajita Baked Potato Topping
85. Salsa Baked Potato Topping
Sadly, the Potato Council's Christmas Potato is no longer available on their site, but I've found another one for you, using turkey breast steaks and leftover Christmas veg!
86. THE CHRISTMAS BAKED POTATO!
Serve your Baked Potato in Style!
* No one will pass on a hot potato when you serve the toppings in this dish
* A creative but practical way to serve sour cream, cheese, bacon and other favorite baked potato toppings
* 100% earthenware
* Microwave and dishwasher safe
Fun Baked Potato Toppings for Kids
Baked Potato Mice by Annabel Karmel
88. Baked Potato Dinosaur
Bake a roar-tastic potato that kids will LOVE to devour, T-Rex style... with this amazing Dinosaur Baked Potato Recipe.
89. Burger Jackets
Mini Burger Potato Jackets
90. Bo Peep Sheep
These are super cute! Click here for the recipe in printable form:
Bo Peep Sheep Baked Potato Topping Printable Recipe
Click here to see Big Cook's Cookbook, select savoury recipes and scroll along to Bo Peep Sheep to see a picture.
Big Cook Little Cook's Bo Peep Sheep
91. Mr Baked Potato Head
Get creative and have fun making your own Mr Potato Head! Cut a baked potato in half, take out most of the potato and mix with your chosen filling, such as cheese, tuna, bacon bits or whatever you or the kids fancy. Chop the narrower tops off the potato halves. Scoop the potato filling all back into the potato halves and insert some cress into the top of one, before wedging the halves back together with the cress sticking out to create hair. Decorate your potato with eyes, nose and mouth. You could use beans, pine nuts, onions, mushrooms for ears... just remember to have fun!
Want some inspiration? Try out these super Mr Baked Potato Heads!
92. Twice Baked Stuffed Potatoes
Potatoes for kids don't just have to be about fun shapes. Reel them in with a filling that they will keep coming back for, like this Twice Baked Potato Recipe.
93. Baked Potato Boats
A super easy way to jazz up a jacket and make it look fun for kids is to turn each half into a potato boat. Top with a yummy topping of choice and then stick in some homemade flags - maybe even made by the kids! Just decorate some triangular pieces of paper and pop on a cocktail stick. These cute Baked Potato Boats use kids favourite Peppa Pig as a great example!
94. Spooky Halloween Jackets
Go seasonal with these fabulous Spooky Ghost Baked Potatoes - perfect for Halloween!
95. Rudolph Baked Potato for Christmas!
Speaking of going seasonal, the kids will be clamoring for one of these at Christmas - make them an adorable reindeer with this simple recipe for a Rudolph Baked Potato by Annabel Karmel
Seven More Delicious Baked Potato Recipes...
97. Alfredo-Topped Baked Potatoes
98. Baked Potato with Mushroom Ragu
99. Baked Potato with Rib-Eye Steak Hash
100. Stuffed Baked Potatoes with Blue Cheese and Rosemary
101. Tiny Baked Potatoes with Chervil Cream
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The Fully Loaded Baked Potato from Rachel and Maya!
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Best Baked Potato Toppings Index
Ways to Bake a Great Jacket Potato!
- How to Bake the Perfect Spud
- Easy Peasy Classic Baked Potato Toppings
- Baked Potato Toppings for your Kindle!
- Go Cream Cheese Crazy with your Baked Potato Toppings!
- Jazzing up your Jackets with Fancy Baked Potato Toppings
- Baked or Jacket?
- Jacket Spuds to Mop up the Leftovers
- Simple Pleasures from the Humble Baked Potato
- Mixing It Up - Baked Potato Style
- Jacket Potato Cool Combo Fillings!
- Baked Potato and Vegetable Heaven
- Variety is the Spud of Life
- Baked Potato Toppings from The Potato Council!
- Fun Baked Potato Toppings for Kids
- Seven More Delicious Baked Potato Recipes...
- More Amazing Baked Potato Recipes!