Cheesy Jacket Potatoes

Bake a batch of cheesy potatoes for a meltingly good lunchtime treat.

  • Preparation Time10 mins
  • Cooking Time90 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
4 large baking potatoes, scrubbed
55g unsalted butter
125ml sour cream
50g shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese, divided
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Toppings of your choice (e.g. cooked broccoli florets, cooked ham or minced beef)

1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/Gas Mark 7.

2. Set the potatoes directly on the rack in the centre of the oven and bake until easily pierced with a fork, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and turn the heat down to 200C/Gas Mark 6.

3. Cut a slit in the top of the potatoes and carefully scoop out the flesh into a bowl, leaving the shells intact. Mash the potato lightly with a fork. Add the butter, sour cream, and 35g of the cheese, any toppings and salt and pepper to taste. Refill the shells with the potato mixture mounding it slightly.

4. Set the potatoes on a baking sheet, and bake until heated through, about 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining cheese and bake until melted, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

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