Jacket Potato Hacks and Recipes

A cooked jacket potato with a topping of blue cheese, Brussels sprouts and red onion

Your top jacket potato hacks and recipes

The perfect comfort food choice as well as a popular working from home lunch? It can only be jacket potatoes. All lovely crispy, golden skin on the outside and heartwarming fluffy and soft on the inside. They're an excellent vehicle to try lots of different topping ingredients and flavours with. 

Recently fellow jacket potato lovers took to Twitter to join in the UK trending #JacketPotatoHacks chat to share popular toppings, baked potato cooking hacks and all-round spud love.  Check out the hashtag on Twitter, have a look at some of our favourite tweets below or browse our recipe collection for more inspiration.

Top tips for perfect jacket potatoes

Whether it is a cooking hack passed on from family, read online or something you discovered yourself there are lots of ways to help you get the most out of your jacket potatoes.  We've included some of your top tips and you can read our recommendations too on how to get a perfect jacket potato:



Vegan and vegetarian filling suggestions

We know that potatoes are often a key ingredient in lots of vegetarian dishes. We also know we want more choice than just baked beans and cheese (although sometimes you can't beat a classic!).  Have a look through some of these veg-filled ideas below.  The versatility of a jacket potato lunch is one of the reasons we love them so much!

  1. One of my favourite grown up toppings for a jacket potato is Mediterranean roast vegetables with houmous – absolutely delicious, vegan and healthy! @Thrifty_Mummy_
  2. My daughter loves them with smashed avocado! @missielizzieb
  3. My favourite is French Onion Jacket Potato — twice baked and a delicious treat between a decadent French onion soup and a simple jacket potato all combined together. @coxeefoxy
  4. I love mine with avocado and vegan ‘chicken’ mayo. Perfect with salad and some seeds sprinkled on top. @TheBeesleyBuzz
  5. Cauliflower cheese is sooo good on a jacket potato @Beckielise
  6. If I’m not in a rush I like to scoop out the cooked potato & mix it with egg yolks, soured cream/yoghurt, parsley & spring onions. Whisk the egg whites & fold them into the potato mixture. Bake again. @anglorain
  7. Cream cheese and pineapple – seriously delicious in a fluffy jacket potato. @Siobhan_Lucy
  8. A mixed mushroom stroganoff jacket potato. @CoxeeFoxy
  9. If you haven’t had goats cheese and pesto on a jacket potato, you haven’t lived. @escapeveloxity
  10. Mexican peppers & Onions — I thinly sliced peppers & onion, fry gently mixed with some fajita seasoning mix & then add to our crispy jacket potatoes. Sometimes accompanied by sour cream or guacamole Mexican Jacket Potato meal @gottobei 


Jacket potato toppings with meat

Jackets make a great base to build on and make a hot lunch the way you like it best. The versatility of a jacket potato is one of the reasons we love them so much! 


Using up leftovers and leftover jacket potatoes

If you’re looking for a quick and easy lunch without too much effort then topping your jacket with leftovers is a brilliant option. So whether it’s last nights chilli or an extra portion of curry in the freezer, a jacket potato makes a great hot lunch.  Plus if you cook extra jacket potatoes you can also store them in the fridge or freezer for another day.

— claire (@sweetlifeclaire) February 9, 2021

  1. Leftover jacket potato goes great in a bubble and squeak! @Vickydoo
  2. Veggie curry leftovers are always great and complement a jacket potato really well….the curry flavours infuse for longer and taste better as leftovers – it’s the perfect match for a jacket potato. @Ms_Kiwi_Su
  3. Leftovers from the Sunday roast goes well with jacket potatoes such as gravy, roasted chicken etc. @carsandtractors
  4. Sooo good for using up leftovers. Nice with spicy vegetable pasta sauce. @missielizzieb
  5. I also like to cook a large batch of potatoes in the slow cooker wrapped in foil and then freeze the potatoes that don’t get eaten for a quick lunch. @ZMatthewman
  6. Leftover coronation chicken — the combo of the piping hot potato & cold coronation chicken is absolutely fabulous. @Reefy_Roo
  7. Beef Stew is a must too. @sophietrufshuf
  8. Turn your jacket potato into a mini fish pie. @Needaphone
  9. Although I’m not vegan/vegetarian, we do have weekly meatless meals! A left over spicy dhal is super good on jacket potatoes @CoxeeFoxy


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There’s nothing quite like enjoying crisp and crunchy jacket potato with fluffy insides loaded with tasty fillings. Also known as a baked potato, you can whip one up in the oven or microwave for a delicious, satisfying and filling meal. It may not be rocket science but we want your spud to be splendid so here are some tips on how to make jacket potatoes perfect every time!

Simple ingredients mixed together make one tasty result.

  • Prep in: 10 mins
  • Cook in: 40 mins

Fluffy baked potato with a 'bonfire' topping of melted cheese, bacon, kidney beans, spring onion and a touch of smokey paprika.

  • Prep in: 15 mins
  • Cook in: 30 mins

Crispy potato skins with ham, shredded cabbage and cheese.

  • Prep in: 5 mins
  • Cook in: 20 mins

Twice-baked might sound complicated, but these guys are a doddle to whip up, and well worth it at the end.

  • Prep in: 10 mins
  • Cook in: 35 mins

Simple yet so tasty, the classic combination of pesto, tomato and chicken and yummy baked potato.

  • Prep in: 10 mins
  • Cook in: 10 mins

Really simple to make, and pretty tasty too!  Why not mix up a bowl of the filling and share around the table?

  • Prep in: 10 mins
  • Cook in: 30 mins

Knowing how to store potatoes correctly not only elongates the shelf life of your spuds but also retains the quality. This means your meals are going to be much better off for it. Feast on our insightful and helpful tips to ensure your potatoes are the best they can be when it comes to cooking up your next meal.

The humble spud is not quite as humble as you may think when it comes to nutrition.

In fact, they’re pretty amazing! Potatoes pack quite a nutritional punch, seeing as they are naturally fat-free, a source of fibre, potassium, salt free, low in sugar and naturally saturated-fat free

Vegetarian recipes

Potato is the perfect base to a vegetarian dish. It’s starchy and holds plenty of nutritional qualities such as calcium, potassium and magnesium which greens don’t quite manage to reach.

Why not check out our delicious range of vegetarian recipes today! 


Looking for recipe ideas?

In a warming pie or a spicy stir fry, potatoes and meat make the perfect combination. If it’s chicken or beef you love or if you’re just looking for inspiration, feats your eyes on our selection of recipes below – perfect for meat lovers everywhere!

Whether they are served up with sausages or mixed up with cheese and spinach, mashed potatoes are a spud staple that are super versatile and delicious. Everyone has their own preference when it comes to the texture – some prefer it smooth and buttery whilst others prefer it rustic and chunky. Whatever your preference, we just want you to get them right!

That’s why we thought we would share some tips on how to make mashed potatoes and get them perfect every time!

We think you’ll agree when we say there’s not much better than a crispy, fluffy, piping-hot roast potato on your plate. Spuds are an essential part of any roast and getting them right can make or break the meal! With this in mind we thought it would be a good idea to have a look at a few tips on how to make perfect and delicious roast potatoes.

Put on the oven, whack on some music and let’s get roasting!