Ok, well I feel a bit guilty classing this as ‘a recipe’ because it requires very little effort or skill and lets face it, it isn’t the healthiest of dinners BUT we can’t all be perfect ALL the time. Right?
Some nights of my week are insanely busy (as I’m sure they are for a lot of people!) and this is why sometimes you just want to bang something in the oven and forget about it. Last night was one of those nights. I didn’t have time to faff about with chopping onions and peeling carrots. I certainly didn’t want to be stood at the cooker stirring and boiling. I did however still need to feed my family, and I did still want to avoid both the ready-meal aisle and the takeaway menu!
The cost of this dish works out at approx 52p a person (each person getting 2 halves of the potato). If you want to be healthier – serve it with some salad. If you want to bulk it out, maybe serve it with a tin of baked beans.
It is a great dish to serve to a crowd because of its simplicity and delicious taste!
You could even vary it up with different toppings. Please let me know your suggestions!
Jacket Potato Traybake
4 baking potatoes (49p, Aldi)
Bacon, chopped into squares (99p, Aldi)
Cheese (grated) (60p, Aldi) – I used some mozzarella and some cheddar that I had in the fridge- use whatever you have in or your favourite!
Oil & Salt (1p)
Preheat the oven to 190c.
Get a baking tray out. Cut your potatoes in half. Rub a small amount of oil on them with your hands lay them in the baking tray (skin side facing up). Crack some salt over the top. Put them in the oven for about an hour.
After an hour turn them over and put them back in for another 15-20 mins.
In the meantime, fry your bacon up in a pan.
Take them out and stick a knife in to make sure the potato inside is not hard – if it’s nice and fluffy then sprinkle your bacon and cheese on top of them all. If not, pop back in the oven for a while longer.
Pop back in the oven for another 15 mins (or until the cheese is melted)