Jacket potatoes or more popularly known as baked potatoes originate from Britain and have been popular since the 19th century when hawkers started selling them on London’s streets. To this day they remain a popular snack that is traditionally eaten on Guy Fawkes Night.
Jacket potatoes are definitely a must-try and the best place to do so is in England. Nowadays, with the ongoing trend of consuming healthy fast foods, jacket potatoes have become even more popular and can be found almost in every restaurant and street corner.
What makes the English Jacket potatoes so special?
If you are one of those people who casually prepare their potatoes in the microwave and have never eaten a jacket potato before, we can assure you that you are missing out a lot.
The reason why the British version of baked potatoes is far better than the plain American one is that the Brits take extra care when it comes to their potatoes. Thus, their potatoes are undeniably delicious and fluffy on the inside and extra crispy on the outside.
Moreover, as every recipe has its secrets, you can read on below to learn all the tips and tricks on how to prepare the perfect jacket potato. Mmmmm Yummy…
How to prepare the perfect so good and tasty British-style baked potatoes?
Before we introduce you to the classic jacket potato recipe, first we are going to share with you some “potato-wisdom”. Though preparing jacket potatoes are fairly simple and easy, some tricks can make your potatoes even more tasty and delicious.
- Bake them longer
One of the most common mistakes that people make when baking potatoes is rushing them. Most of the recipes you can find on the internet suggest baking the potatoes for no more than an hour at 425 F. However, a much better alternative is to bake them for about two hours at 400 F. This way the crisp will be way crustier and almost cracker-like, and what is more important you will decrease the possibility of burning the potatoes.
- Slice them first
To ensure that the potatoes will not explode during the baking, most Americans poke holes all over the potatoes before putting them in the oven. While this is not wrong in any way, slicing a ¼ -inch thick cross shape into the potatoes is a much better option because with this you are helping the potatoes release steam.
Furthermore, not only will this result in your potatoes having a much fluffier interior, but they will also be easier to slice even when they are still extra hot.
- Return them to the oven
Once the two hours have passed, open your oven and very carefully remove the potatoes. Then, cut deeper into the initial slices and return the potatoes into the oven and let them sit for an additional 10 minutes. These extra minutes will help dry out the flesh and make sure the potatoes are extra fluffy.
Once done, take out the potatoes, push open their crispy exterior and drop a bit of butter over them.
Jacket potato recipe
Jacket potato recipe
- 2 large potatoes - 8-10 oz each
- Crushed rock salt
- Olive oil
- A mix of some salt and freshly milled black pepper
- The first thing you must do is wash the potatoes, then using a cloth to ensure you thoroughly dry them.
- Leave the potatoes aside to further dry out.
- However, in case you are using ready-washed potatoes, there is no need for the above-mentioned procedure.
- Next, using a fork prick the potatoes’ skin and over each potato apply just a few drops of olive oil and rub it into their skin.
- Then, rub in some crushed salt to draw out the moisture from the skin and provide an extra crunch to your potatoes.
- Once all is done, put the potatoes into your oven and let them bake about two hours.
- When those two hours have passed, remove the potatoes from the oven and get ready to serve.
- To properly serve them, slit into each potato and top with seasoning and butter.
- Remember, if you want to get the most out of this recipe it is advisable to serve jacket potatoes right away as they easily lose their crispiness.