Best Ever Baked Potatoes

10 September 2017

Scot Food Fort Day Nine brings us the theme of 'Weekend Lunch.' During the week, in the office, I tend to have a packed lunch like this one here and the most exciting it gets is some tuna pasta. I don't have a microwave in the office so anything that requires heat is a big effort that involved me getting up earlier in the morning to heat it and put it in a flask, which, spoiler, I'm not that up for at 6.45 in the morning.

At the weekend my lunches aren't that exciting - but I get some serious joy from having something hot and a baked potato is a prime example of the sort of weekend lunch I would have and, with the help of some Albert Bartlett potatoes, I've officially christened these potatoes The Best Baked Potatoes Ever. Trust me, if potato porn was a thing (it might be, but I'm not going to google to check!) these guys would be the stars.
I pre-heat my oven to 180 degrees (I have a fan, so go 200 if you don't) then give my potatoes a wash and prick them with a fork (that whole potatoes exploding in the oven from pressure is supposedly true, and I don't want to test that it's not!) before spraying some olive oil over them and shaking some salt on top. I then pop them straight into the oven - just as they are, not in foil or on a tray, and let them go for an hour. The joy of weekend being that nothing has to be done in a rush, obviously.

An hour later I start to get the rest of the meal ready - for me it's all about the beans and cheese combo, with salad on the side to make sure it's all Slimming World friendly with my one third speed.
After I've got the beans just about ready and the tomatoes are draining off I take the potatoes out of the oven - just look at them! Since the rooster potatoes are ideal for baking but aren't 'officially' baking potatoes they are a little bit smaller, so I can justify having two little parcels of joy.

I then spoon the beans in and grate the cheese over the top, pop my Scotty Brand tomatoes on to my salad and it's all good to. Healthy, warming & absolutely delicious.
What I used:
Albert Bartlett Rooster Potatoes* (Available from Waitrose, Wholefoods, Co-Operative, Sainsbury's, Ocado, Morrisons, Lidl, Costco, Booths, Asda & Aldi)
Heinz Baked Beans
Galloway Cheddar Cheese
Grated Carrot
Scotty Brand Baby Plum Tomatoes* (Available from Morrisons, Waitrose, Whoelfoods, Lidl and Iceland)

This post is part of my Scot Food Fortnight content that I am producing to (non sponsored-ly) support the #ScotFoodFort #OneThingFortnight campaign, find out more in my original post here.

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