Fresh-thinking jacket potato fillings that even fussy kids will love
A good jacket potato is the epitome of a healthy comfort food and the perfect meal to warm you up on a chilly day! Not only is it easy to make but it’s also super cheap to put together, making this dish a winner all around.
If you’re scrambling for ideas for your next family lunch or dinner, why not re-invent the classic jacket potato with a few fresh and tasty toppings?
Pineapple isn’t just for pizza – it also works great as a topping for jacket potatoes. Grate some cheese, chop up some cooked ham and open a tin of diced pineapple for a perfect Hawaiian-themed night. You won’t be sorry and it’ll win over all those pizza lovers in your family. If you really want to go down the pizza route you can even add a little tomato sauce on top and use mozzarella or pepperoni to taste.
A Classic Favourite
A tuna mayo jacket potato is always a favourite and is probably one of the easiest in your repertoire to make. You can also mix it up by adding sweetcorn, green peppers, spring onions or cucumber. To make things even easier on yourself, pick up some McCain ready baked jackets. These bad boys only take five minutes in the microwave, and if you’re running late, can be a lifesaver.
There’s nothing better than a delicious bolognaise sauce. What many people don’t realise however is that it can go on just about everything – including a jacket potato. Make your own pasta sauce using either mince or Quorn and add a few chopped mushrooms or peppers.
Veggies are easy to mix into a bolognaise sauce, especially if you dice them up very fine. Then simply poor on top of your fluffy backed potato and enjoy. If you’re feeling fancy, go all out and make it an Italian night by adding garlic bread and Neapolitan ice-cream for dessert.
Veg it up!
It can be hard to get your kids to eat all their veggies, but a sure fire way is by coating them in melted cheese. Cauliflower is the perfect match when it comes to a cheese sauce and makes for a great jacket potato topping. Making your own cheese sauce is easy – simply melt butter in a pan and stir in flour to make a paste. Slowly add milk as you continuously stir and finish with grated cheese to taste.
Channel your inner Jamie Oliver and make baked potatoes gourmet by twice baking them. It’s not as tricky as it sounds, and when the kid’s gobble them up this will quickly become a family staple. A twice baked potato is one that has been cooked in the oven, then opened up, mashed and put back into the skins for baking a second time. Twice baked potatoes can be topped with all the regular fillings, but since it’s slightly more sophisticated dish it goes well with sour cream and chives as well as bacon and cheddar cheese. Just because it’s slightly fancier doesn’t mean the kid’s won’t dive in either – in fact their sophisticated taste buds might surprise you.
What’s your all-time favourite jacket potato filling? Be sure to share in the comments and pin these ideas for later! And if you’re looking for more fun food ideas for fussy kids then check out these cheese and broccoli muffins which are sure to be a lunchbox winner!
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.