For the topping:
- 2 tbsp light olive oil
- 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
- 4 sticks celery, finely chopped
- 1-2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
- 2 green chillies, deseeded and finely sliced
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated root ginger
- 400g can chopped tomatoes
- 1 red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
- ½ level tsp salt
- 200g (7oz) caster sugar
- 150ml (¼ pint) cider vinegar
- 2-3 pieces star anise
Remove the star anise before serving, because they're quite hard if someone bites on them! You can freeze the toppinglet it cool, then pack in a suitable container and keep frozen for up to 1 month. Allow to defrost, and then serve either cold or reheated.
- Set the oven to Gas Mark 6/200°C.
- Prick the potatoes and wrap them in foil, then bake them in the oven for about 1½ hours, or until they are tender.
- To make the topping: Pour the olive oil into a heavy-based saucepan and heat over a moderate heat. Add the onion and celery to the pan and cook for 5-7 minutes until they start to soften. Add the garlic, chilli and ginger and cook for a further 1-2 minutes, then add the tomatoes, red pepper and salt, and mix well. Finally, add the sugar, vinegar and star anise, and stir over a moderate heat until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally, so that the mixture doesn't stick to the base of the pan. Remove pan from heat.
- To serve, cut the potatoes in half and spoon the warm topping over.
Top tip: Remove the star anise before serving, because they're quite hard if someone bites on them! You can freeze the topping: let it cool, then pack in a suitable container and keep frozen for up to 1 month. Allow to defrost, and then serve either cold or reheated. Feature: Sue McMahon. Photos: frankthephotographer.com. Props stylist: Sue Radcliffe.
Nutritional information per portion
- Calories 282(kcal)
- Fat 3.0g
This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.
Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.