Baked potatoes are simple to prepare yet extremely versatile and nutritious. They can be served as an accompaniment or with a filling as a complete meal.
- Recommended serving: 1 x 225g (8oz) potato per person
- Garlic mushrooms filling
- 15g ( ½ oz) butter
- 2 Cloves of garlic, crushed
- 175g (6oz) Mushrooms, sliced
- 2 x 15ml spn (2tblspn) Cream cheese
- 2 x 15ml spn (2tblspn) Freshly chopped herbs
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
Select even-shaped potatoes and scrub.
Place the potatoes in a pre-heated oven at 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6,
After the potato has been cooking for about 1 hour, melt the butter, add the garlic and mushrooms and cook gently for 5 – 10 minutes depending on the variety, (wild mushrooms need to be cooked thoroughly)
Stir in the cream cheese and continue cooking for 1 minute. Add the herbs and season to taste
When the potatoes are cooked cut them almost in half lengthways and spoon in the mushroom sauce.
Top tip for making Garlic mushroom jackets
Rub a little salt into the skins before baking to make them extra crispy. If cooking an ovenful of potatoes, increase the temperature to 220°C/425°F/Gas Mark 7. Use metal skewers or baking prongs pushed through the potatoes to reduce the cooking time by up to a quarter.