Cheap Student Grub-How to Make The Ultimate Baked Potato
Skint? Need A Meal Which is Cheap and Nutritious? Look No Further!
This recipe - no real cooking involved unless you count making the cup of tea or coffee to drink whilst you're waiting for the microwave to ping - is delicious and nutritious and it will cost you next to nothing.
Baked Potatoes provide us with a wonderful 'canvas' for other foods because in general, potatoes are a fairly bland vegetable.
I tried this recipe first with my daughter who has now learnt to make it herself.
She loves the ease of it, all ready to eat in half and hour.
I'm a bit sneaky because I actually cook the potato in the microwave before finishing it off in the oven.
If you crisp up the skins in the oven, it makes a huge difference to the taste of the potato but the microwave is invaluable in making this a very quick meal.
I have suggested it as a cheap meal for students but it equally suits teenagers at home - no real hard work involved and even the daftest teenager can usually manage to work out how to grate cheese and mash potato.
I hope you enjoy this ultimate baked potato, with or without the Jalapenos, I know not everybody likes spice.
An alternative would be to replace the Jalapenos with bacon bits which also work really well with beans and cheese.
Ultimate Baked Potato Must Haves - Keep It Cheap!
- 1 Baking Potato, Rooster, Maris Piper, cheapest
- 1 Tin of Baked Beans, cheapest you can find
- 30g Mature Cheddar, cheapest you can find
- 6-8 chopped Jalapenos, depends how spicy you like it!
- 1 Bag of mixed salad, cheapest you can find
- 15g Butter or margarine, it's usually already in your fridge
- Tablespoon Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil
- Pinch, sprinkle, shake? Salt and Pepper to taste
- Put your salad on the plate and place in fridge ready to place the potato on when its cooked. Switch on your over - 220 degrees Celsius (425F).
- Wash 1 baking potato, dry and stab both sides with a fork.
- Wrap potato in 1 sheet of kitchen towel and microwave on a plate for about 8 minutes (depends on size, check it after 6 minutes).
- Grate cheese & leave to one side, chop Jalapenos and leave to one side. Pour beans into a bowl ready to microwave later.
- Ping! Take potato out of microwave. Leave to rest for 5 minutes.
- Cut potato in half, score the potato with a knife, this makes it easier to scoop out with a tablespoon into a bowl. Be gentle, you need to keep the potato in one piece.
- Pour half the cheese into the potato, add the butter and mash with a fork or a potato masher if you have one. Add black pepper and salt to taste.
- Place your potato skins on a baking tray and lightly pour a tablespoon of olive oil over the skins. Rub in with a piece of kitchen towel. Place potato skins in oven for 2 minutes.
- Remove potato skins from over. Place the mashed potato, cheese and butter mash into the potato skins. Place back in oven. Cook for 5 minutes, 220C/425F.
- Place beans in microwave when the potato has been cooking 3 minutes, cook beans for 2 minutes on full power.
- Take plate out of fridge, add potatoes, pour over the beans and add the remaining cheese, sprinkle over the chopped Jalapenos. Eat!
Baked Potato Health Facts - Did You Know
Next time to pick up a humble spud from the veggie section, bear this is mind:
The average baked potato has five and a half times more fibre in it than a banana!
and......you would need to eat 3 avocados to get as mch vitamin C as you'd find in 1 baked potato.
All in all, the humble spud is a pretty nutritious food - so get cooking!