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Microwave jacket potatoes with various toppings

Jacket potatoes are a healthy and cheap meal and can be livened up with lots of different toppings. This recipe gives a choice of three toppings. Cooking them in the microwave speeds up the process considerably, but loses the crunchy jacket. By following the method below, the skin is kept dry which improves the texture when cooked.

Ingredients

For the jacket potato
  • 1 medium baking potato (about 180g/6oz)

For the leek, apple, cheese and bacon filling
For the tuna and sweetcorn filling
For the salmon and peas filling
For the mushroom and tomato filling

Preparation method

  1. Wash the potato and prick with a sharp knife several times on all sides.

  2. Dry the potato well with kitchen paper and place on a microwave-safe plate.

  3. Place in the microwave and cook on full power for four minutes.

  4. Remove the plate using oven gloves and turn the potato over. Dry the potato and the plate and put back into the microwave.

  5. Heat on full power for a further four minutes.

  6. Remove the plate and leave the potato to stand for a minute, as it will continue to cook. Check that the potato is soft by pushing a sharp knife into the centre. Return to the microwave for another 30 seconds if it is still hard in any part.

  7. For the leek, apple, cheese and bacon filling, wash and slice the leek. Place in a small bowl and grind over some black pepper, if using. Cover the bowl with cling film, leaving a small area open, and microwave on full power for two minutes. Grate the cheese, chop the bacon and grate the apple into the leeks.

  8. Cut the potato in half, scoop out the fluffy middle and add to the cheese and vegetables. Mix well and spoon back into the ‘jackets’. Put the filled ‘jackets’ on a microwave-safe plate and heat for one minute, or until the cheese has melted.

  9. For the tuna and sweetcorn, open the cans of tuna and sweetcorn and drain, then tip into the bowl with the mayonnaise and mix with black pepper, if using.

  10. Split the jacket potato in half, roughly mash the middle with a fork, and spoon over the topping.

  11. For the salmon and peas, put the peas into a mixing bowl and pour over boiling water from the kettle. Leave for five minutes, then drain and return the peas to the bowl.

  12. Open the can and drain the salmon, then add to the peas in the mixing bowl.

  13. Measure in the salad cream and mix well.

  14. Split the jacket potato in half, roughly mash the middle with a fork, and spoon over the topping.

  15. For the mushroom and tomato filling, wipe the mushrooms clean with a piece of damp kitchen paper. Slice them and place into a microwave-safe bowl and grind over some black pepper, if using. Microwave on full power for one minute, stir, and then heat for a further minute.

  16. Allow to cool, then mix in the other ingredients.

  17. Split the jacket potato in half, roughly mash the middle with a fork, and spoon over the topping.

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