Bonfire Night baked potatoes

Bonfire Night baked potatoes

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(28 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins

Easy

Serves 4
Transform a basic baked spud with a rich melted cheese topping, inspired by a classic dish from the French Alps

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal550
  • fat36g
  • saturates18g
  • carbs39g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre3g
  • protein21g
  • salt2.58g
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Ingredients

  • 4 medium baking potato
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

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  • 25g butter
    Butter

    Butter

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  • 1 large onion, finely sliced
    Onion

    Onion

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  • 6 slices smoked streaky bacon, chopped
  • 2 tbsp double cream
  • 200g mixed good melting cheese, such as Reblochon, Raclette or Gruyère
    Gruyère

    Gruyère

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  • chopped parsley, to serve
    Parsley

    Parsley

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    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Prick the potatoes all over with a fork, then rub with half the oil, some sea salt and black pepper. Arrange on a baking tray and bake in the oven for about 1 hr 15 mins, until their skins are crisp and they are completely tender when prodded.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil and half the butter in a frying pan. Add the onion and gently cook for 15-20 mins until softened and golden. Remove from the pan and set aside, add the chopped bacon and fry until just crisp. Remove using a slotted spoon and place on kitchen paper.

  3. Halve each potato lengthways (watch out, they will be hot), then scoop out most of the potato into a bowl, leaving a potato skin shell with a thin layer of potato. In the bowl, crush the potato with the remaining butter and the double cream. Season with salt and pepper. Fold through the onion, bacon, three-quarters of the cheeses and half the parsley. Spoon back into the potato shells and top with the remaining cheese. Transfer to the baking tray and return to the oven for 10-15 mins, until melting and golden. Sprinkle with the remaining parsley and serve with a sharply dressed crisp salad, if you like.

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shonimarie
15th Nov, 2016
5.05
These were gorgeous, I had no cream so I used creme fraiche and it was great.
jemi johuni
10th Nov, 2016
nice
Helix100
6th Nov, 2016
5.05
Made this recipe for my dad and partner and both loved it even though my partner isn't a fan of jacket potatoes, would make again xx
justina.g
3rd Jun, 2016
5.05
Delicious.cooked it to go with barbeque.will be making it again everyone loved it.
SandyDurack
10th Aug, 2015
5.05
Delicious. Have made this a few times now, always turn out great.
J1Star
8th Nov, 2013
We tried this with gruyere and was quite yummy. I recommend a mix of Gruyere and cheddar at the ratio of 2:1 for good flavour. Also I believe this would taste nicer with chives as opposed to parsley. Overall, a very delicious and potentially healthy (grilled bacon, no double cream) meal.
lisamcd
27th Aug, 2013
Absolutely delicious. I made these for my family one of whom is a very fussy eatter. Both my kids wont eat bacon nor fried onions but still i made it to the exact recipe and all four plates where clean and they wanted more :) This is definetly going to be a regular. Thank you so much
aureliecjohnson
20th Jan, 2013
5.05
These potatoes are so satisfying especially on a cold day... You can put any cheese you want really. Even blue cheese works!
willsyk
19th Jan, 2013
3.05
Made this as a saturday dinner - very delicious, despite the kids not liking the onion in it; but a slightly convoluted recipe for what you actually have which is cheese and onion baked potatoes with bacon. Glad i tried it though, but it's something i would only make for myself and my husband as everyone was hungry again quite quickly afterwards.
marilynwork
3rd Dec, 2012
5.05
Sorry fairycakey but if you don't like the fat and calorie content in the recipe then either don't make it or simply change it. There is certainly no need to police the rest of us regarding it. We are more than capable of making our own mind up regarding this and if we wish to follow the recipe exactly then that is our choice.

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