I love a good jacket potato. Yes, we all have a microwave setting that cooks baked potatoes in warp speed but every now and then, I think it’s worth being patient and cooking them properly to get that really crisp skin and soft, golden yellow potato inside which you just can’t replicate in a hurry.
I put together this Baked Bean, Sausage & Mushroom Medley to load my jackets with as it’s healthy, filling, simple to make and really convenient being full of store cupboard staples. Proper warming comfort food at it’s best.
Ingredients – Serves 2
2 Baking or Floury potatoes
1/2 a small red onion, finely chopped
1 can of baked beans in tomato sauce
2 Peppadew peppers, chopped (see tip below)
2 Fry’s Family Traditional Meat Free Sausages, sliced into chunks
1 fresh tomato, chopped
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
1 splash of vegetarian worcestershire sauce (I use Biona Organic, see below)
Fresh red chilli & dried parsley to garnish
1. Prick the potatoes several times with a fork. Spray with fry light and rub over the potatoes with your hands and scatter over some sea salt. Place directly on the shelf in the oven and bake for 1¼-1½ hours (depending on size).
2. While the potato is baking, make the filling: Spray a saucepan with fry light and gently fry the red onion for 1 minute, add the mushrooms and fry for another 2 minutes, tip in the baked beans, peppers, sausage, tomato, tomato puree, balsamic & worcester sauce. Stir gently, put the lid on and simmer on its lowest heat for 5 minutes. Check the mixture for consistency. If it looks too thick or dry and the beans start to stick, add a little water and stir gently. Cook for another 3 minutes, stir gently and turn off the heat. Leave in the pan with the lid on for the flavours to infuse.
3. When the potatoes have finished their cooking time, they should be golden-brown, crisp on the outside and give a little when squeezed. Split open, remove half of the potato from each shell (save this for another recipe!) and place each on a serving plate.
4. Reheat the bean mixture until piping hot and spoon into the potato shells. Sprinkle over the red chilli & parsley and serve with a big, fresh, mixed salad.
Slimming World – The Fry’s Family Traditional Sausages (frozen 8 pack) are just 1/2 syn for 2 sausages so in this recipe, syns are negligible per serving. But if you end up eating both servings or if it’s going to bother your conscience, count 1/2 syn!
Tip! – If you’re really in a hurry, cook in the microwave or choose ready cooked frozen baked jackets (most of them have syns so do check). Alternatively, try Baked Sweet Potato instead, either use the jacket potato setting on your microwave or follow instructions above for conventional cooking but reduce the baking time to just 45 mins.