Pizza Jacket Potatoes - Vegetarian | thecookandhim

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Pizza Jacket Potatoes

prep: 15 mins / cook: 2 hours 0 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 2 hours 15 mins / quantity: 1 portion Print recipe?

Do you know anyone who doesn’t love pizza?  I mean it’s just a giant open sandwich with extra drippy melted cheese.  And like a sandwich you can chuck whatever you want on it, no matter what your weird combinations might be.  I love it all, but my body doesn’t.  When we do have those completely can’t be arsed days pizza is generally what we turn to but the next day I feel like I’m full of cement.  Sluggish, low energy and generally guilty.

So I wanted something that gave me all the flavours and – let’s face it – satisfaction of pizza but with far less stodge.  Enter the humble potato.

Ingredients for Pizza Jacket Potatoes - Vegetarian | thecookandhim

There are a gajillion different ways you can bake a jacket potato.  And, like making a cup of tea, everyone has their own foolproof method.  But for this recipe, microwaved jackets just don’t work.  You want a crispy skin that stands up to having its innards scooped out then put back in.  And that crisp skin is so full of texture and flavour (and downright goodness) you really don’t want to miss out.

Ms Meg agrees.

Meg & Pizza Jacket Potatoes - Vegetarian | thecookandhim

I’ve also been known to make something completely from scratch, take all the relevant photographs and do all the inevitable cleaning up with my clothes on inside out.

I digress.

If you want this supremely comfort type food to be as pizza unctuous as possible I really recommend making this Marinara Sauce.  It’s SO simple, just 7 ingredients and 1 saucepan.  And you HAVE to include mozzarella because stringy cheeseness!  The rest is largely up to you – I like to keep it simple, just the potato flesh, the Marinara Sauce, mozzarella, a handful of chives, a dash of pesto and a final flourish of parmesan.  Pass the fork please ?

Pizza Jacket Potatoes - Vegetarian | thecookandhim

Pizza Jacket Potatoes

prep: 15 mins / cook: 2 hours 0 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 2 hours 15 mins / quantity: 1 portion

Ingredients

  • 1 large baking potato
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • 3 tblsp of Marinara Sauce
  • Handful of chopped chives
  • 50g half-fat mozzarella – torn into small pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • Grated parmesan

Optionals

  • pesto, spring onions, olives, sweetcorn, cherry tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, jalapenos etc

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 Fan / 200 C / 400 F / Gas 6
  2. Scrub your potato to remove any dirt, pat dry, prick all over with a knife or fork then rub the skin with a little olive oil.
  3. Place in a baking tray, sprinkle over some salt then bake for 1 – 1 ½ hours – test if it’s done by poking with a pointed knife – the skin should be crispy and the flesh soft. Cook for a little longer if necessary.
  4. Leave the potato to cool slightly (or completely if you want to finish it later) then cut it in half lengthways.
  5. Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh into a bowl, being careful not to tear the skin. Lay the empty skins back in the baking tray
  6. To the potato flesh add the marinara sauce, chopped chives, mozzarella pieces and seasoning to taste and give it all a good mix together.
  7. At this point feel free to add any of your own pizza flavours – pesto, spring onions, olives, sweetcorn, cherry tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, jalapenos etc
  8. Spoon the mixture back into the empty skins, sprinkle with grated parmesan and bake at the same temperatures as above for 30-40 minutes till piping hot.

Notes

  • Cool and chill the baked potatoes ready to scoop and fill another time
  • Chill once scooped and filled - they keep a few days like this and make a great little treat for visiting friends ??
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