May 4th, 2012

Cheesy Baked Jacket Potatoes

Cheesy Baked Jacket Potatoes

Potatoes are so impressionable, pure and plain in character that I become a little picky and particular about the way they are cooked. These tubers are so mouldable that they can be easily led to take on the disposition that you want, based on the manner you treat them. And that is the reason the spices used and the manner of cooking them gets deeply embedded into their personality!

 

Take these jacket potatoes with cheese for instance. They are cooked in a very simple manner with very few ingredients yet they look and taste exquisite! These baked potatoes are crispy outside and soft and tender inside. Stuffed with natural cheese and grilled to finish them make them particularly irresistible!

Potatoes are particularly irresistible when baked. All their goodness is retained within their skin and this particular attribute gives them an extra dimension of taste as opposed to steaming, sauteing or boiling them where there is a certain loss of character through evaporation or leaching of their inner qualities.

I love eating tucking into these potatoes with their skin intact and the gooey melted cheese in every morsel! The entire combination of the potato skin, potato meal and natural cheese is utter comfort to me. I usually serve these potatoes with hot soup, grilled vegetables or salad on Ekadashi, when we fast from grains and beans. Add a grain dish made with quinoa, couscous or savoury semolina and you have a great menu.

 

I hope I have succeeded in convincing you about the merits of these supremely delicious potatoes which also happen to be a breeze to make. Now wash some potatoes, dry them and dress them with some good quality olive oil and salt, shove them into the oven for an hour and forget about them. Go for a walk, read a book, groove to some great music or finish your other preparations in the kitchen when they are being cooked. Take them out, allow to cool, slit and stuff with cheese and herbs and grill them again and you are done! Now go ahead and make them!

 

Cheesy Baked Jacket Potatoes Recipe

Choose nice potatoes which are not relatively new for this dish. You could use a variety of cheese like mozzarella, cheddar, gouda or monterey jack or stick to good old cheddar. You could also use a mix of different herbs here.

Ingredients:

12 medium or large potatoes
olive oil
sea salt or regular salt
100 gm vegetarian cheddar cheese, grated
100 gm vegetarian gouda cheese, grated
dried herbs like oregano and parsley

fleur de sel or regular salt

paprika flakes (optional)

Method:

Scrub and clean the potatoes well (placing them in a hot tub of water helps to get rid of the dirt and grime easily).

Rub the potatoes generously with olive oil and salt. don’t skimp with the salt here.

Bake in a hot oven at 200C/400F for 40 to 45 minutes, until done. * Allow to cool.

In a bowl, mix the cheese, herbs and a little salt if required.

With the help of a knife, slit open the potatoes in the centre and stuff them with the prepared cheese mixture.

Grill the potatoes in a hot oven at 200C/400F until the cheese melts and is a little browned.

Serve hot with soup, salad and bread.

Serves 6

* Every oven is different. Depending on your oven and the size of your potatoes, the cooking time can vary between 45 minutes to an hour.

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  1. These look gorgeous, and ‘gorge-worthy’!

  2. I am convinced :) I love roasted potatoes but haven’t made cheesy baked ones as we don’t eat much cheese at home. I am sure my daughter will love this :)

  3. wow, those look super delicious and tempting.

  4. Nandita says:

    Gosh!!! These look super irresistible. It’s just too good :)

  5. Siri says:

    Simplicity can be stunning. This recipe of jacket potatoes proves that point. Cheesy goodness.

    Siri

  6. A fan of potatoes! Pics are awesome.. Lovely recipe. Will give it a try soon :)

  7. Poornima says:

    Anushruti, all my life I have been trying to get baked potatoes right as I love them. And just when I am out of country with no access to an oven, you post these :( :(. Can’t wait to get home and bake these, they look so delicious.

    By the way, pardon me for being silly but there is a * in the recipe and I can’t find the footnote to go with it.

    Poornima

  8. Woww.. Lovely and delicious recipe.. thanks for sharing :)
    Indian Cuisine

  9. Pan Cuisine says:

    I also love my potatoes baked. These looks awesome. Life in the kitchen is unthinkable without potatoes. Whether in a planed meal, or a last minute addition potatoes ALWAYS deliver:). Got to try your style am sure my man will love this.

  10. Shruti Manurkar says:

    Such a simple yet GR8 dish,wonderful write up as usual:)refreshing 1,

    Do u know that we follow your website not merely for recipes but also for those refreshing writeups with beautiful pics,your website is my greatest stressbuster,its indeed in the real sense food for mind body and soul.
    Thanks for all the wonderful feelings that your blog creates.

    Ekadashi can be followed by such superb dishes?!!!:)) very happy to know that now onwards ekadashis r gonna be interesting.

    One more request can you start uploading some fast breakfast recipes? am sick and tired of preparing upmas and pohas….

    Shruti Rajesh Manurkar

  11. Ambika says:

    I LOVE baked potatoes!!! I always use cheddar, gouda seems like an interesting option. The only other addition on top of potatoes would be a healthy spoon full of sour cream and a sprinkle of chives or spring onions!! Beautiful pics Anu!

  12. Anushruti says:

    Thank you everybody!

    @Chinmayie: This is a sure hit with the kids!

    @Siri: Totally agree…simplicity can be stunning!

    Vinitha: Hope you like it! Do let me know when you try them.

    Poornima: I hope you try this and love it like all of us do at home. It’s really simple actually! Thanks for pointing out the omission. It’s rectified! Let me know when you happen to try it.

    Pan Cuisine: My man loves these potatoes. Hope yours does too. :-)

    Shruti: Thanks so much for your wonderful words and appreciation. They are truly inspiring! Yes…you can cook this and so much more on Ekadashi! Will definitely try and post more breakfast dishes.

  13. Anushruti says:

    Ambika: Yes..baked potatoes with sour cream is so so good…one of my favourties. But I’m not sure I would use the sour cream over the cheese. It’s either the cheese or the sour cream for me. And I don’t use onions or any members of the allium family in my cooking so its always herbs for me. :-)

  14. Even though I’m currently in the land of jacket potatoes, and have OD’d on them, this looks amazingly good to me :)

  15. Lovely potato jackets. I love the clicks with the little butter drops on the parchment paper!

    Shobha

  16. Simi says:

    These is an astonishingly stunning set of pictures. The yumminess of it seems to incessantly woo the potato-weary me :)

  17. popspeak says:

    Hi! Lovely pics and blog!

    I noticed that you had mention quinoa as an addition to make this meal. Please tell me where can I buy it in India- Mumbai or Pune? Thanks!

  18. What delicious looking potatoes, and so simple! Lovely photos.

  19. I would never give these simple classics up for anything! Potatoes are irresistible anyhow they’re cooked, to me :D

  20. Oh my! These looks fantastic!

  21. sara says:

    Wow, these potatoes look incredible!! So cheesy and delicious, yum.

  22. Anushruti says:

    Thanks guys!

    Shoba: They are oil drops and not butter. :-)

  23. Becca says:

    These look delish! Trying them tonight :)

  24. Great Dane says:

    Hey! where’d my comment just go?

  25. Sreeja says:

    Hi Anushruti,

    You’ve mentioned Quinoa in this post…Do you get it in India? I would love to find a source in Pune specailly.

    Thanks,

    Sreeja.

  26. Anushruti says:

    sreeja: You don’t get quinoa easily in India as of now.

  27. Sreeja says:

    Anushruti, after asking you here, I found something called Indian Concierge, you can email them at indiaconcierge@gmail.com and ask them the source of anything in any city in India…and they replied saying I could find it at http://www.gourmetco.in, and they deliver home.

  28. Neerja says:

    Hi Anushruti,

    Just chanced upon your blog & this post. I run Gourmet Company, an online gourmet ingredients store. Thought I’d mention that Quinoa is available through us across India :)

    Warm Regards,
    Neerja

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  31. Niyati Kotian says:

    I am a really big fan of your food.This recipe is one of my favorites!!!!

  32. Priya says:

    Our favourite also. Try it with sweet potatoes also!

  33. Priya says:

    It’s gonna be our post swim snack…or actually part of dinner. Divine taste is always inspiring. Was suffering a brain freeze thinking of what to make…so opened up divine taste

  34. Arjun Singh says:

    I just tried a similar recipe on the Iskcon Boys summer trip for Ekadashi. we wrapped the potatoes in foil so they wouldn’t scorch, and tossed them into a campfire for a while. we then took the foil out, cut in half, and added salt, black pepper, butter, sour cream, and some shredded cheese. Best ekadashis ever…

  35. Anushruti says:

    Arjun Singh: Sounds great!

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