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How To Make The Best Baked Potato With Yummy Toppings And Fillings!

Updated on August 23, 2017

An Oven Baked Potato With A Good Topping Or Filling Is Simple Food At Its Best!

Do you want to make the best baked potato and get some great ideas for some yummy fillings and toppings?.

Sometimes I think that a baked potato with a lovely topping makes a great meal, and there are countless ways that you can serve your baked potato just by varying the filling, it is possible to try a different topping every day of the year if you were that keen. The humble jacket potato can never be said to be boring!

How To Cook The Perfect Baked Potato - My ideas for the perfect baked potato recipe

Making a baked potato is really very easy to do, and, you can cook a baked potato in different ways.

Baked potatoes can be cooked in a convection oven, a microwave, on a grill, or on/in an open fire.

In my experience the best baked potatoes are cooked in the oven, they have a nice, crunchy, crispy skin and are hot, soft and fluffy inside.

The easiest way to cook the best baked potato is to throw the potato in the oven and forget about it for an hour or so, then enjoy a wonderful, hot, fluffy, baked potato with a crispy skin!

I really don't believe that there is a hard and fast recipe to follow when cooking jacket potatoes, some of the time it comes down to luck rather than judgement, just put the potatoes on the middle shelf of the oven and leave them for anything up to two hours while you go and do other things. When you come back, your baked potato is ready, piping hot ready for you to add your perfect topping or filling.

OK, I guess is a little bit more to making the perfect baked potato than that so let me elaborate:

If You Want The Best Oven Baked Potato You Need To Choose The Right Variety Of Potato

For the best baked potato look for a white 'floury' variety of potato such as:

  • King Edward
  • Maris Piper
  • Russet
  • Golden Wonder
  • Wilja
  • Desire
  • Ailsa

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Preparing And Cooking Your Baked Potato - Before putting your potato in the oven...

Unless you buy pre washed potatoes you will need to scrub your baking potatoes thoroughly to get rid of any dirt then dry them well with a cloth, leave them aside to dry as much as possible.

Prick the potato skins a few times with a fork and rub olive oil over the skin of each potato.After that, rub in some crushed sea salt to make the potato skins more crispy when cooked. Put the potatoes straight on to the middle shelf of the oven, pre heated to about 200°C and let them bake for 11/2 -2 hours depending on the size of the potatoes, or until the skins are really crispy.

When Making A Baked Potato - Size Matters! - Cooking times for baked potatoes will depend on their size and shape.

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Obviously smaller baked potatoes will be ready sooner but they lack the appeal of a larger potato. Potatoes which are between 350 and 400g in weight will take about an hour to cook in the oven and are large enough to work with and satisfy your hunger. If you are going to stuff your potatoes, then deep round ones are better than those that are flat as it is easier to work with them.

When baking several potatoes at the same time...

try to make sure that they are all of a similar size and shape, that way they will all be ready together.

So What Are The Best Toppings And Fillings For Baked Potatoes?

Check out these mouth-watering ideas for baked or jacket potato toppings and fillings

The possibilities for fillings and toppings for baked potatoes are almost endless, here I hope to give you some great ideas to transform your simple oven baked potatoes into a wonderfully tasty meal. Try using the ideas and recipes on this page for jacket potato toppings or experiment, be creative with different fillings to make the best baked potato you will ever have.

If you have your own favorite topping or filling for a baked potato please let us know about it.

Baked Potato Topped With Salsa

Baked Potato With Salsa Topping - delicious salsas provide a great topping for your jacket potato, I could give you a recipe for the salsa but beeobrien does it much better on her lens Fresh Homemade Mexican Salsa: Traditional and Unusual Recipes and Ingredients. Any of her recipes for salsa would go great at the side or on top of your baked potato.

Baked Potato Topped With Garlic Mushrooms

Baked Potato With Garlic Mushrooms Topping

These garlic mushrooms make a tasty vegetarian topping for a baked potato

For The Garlic Mushrooms:

15g (1/2oz) butter

2 Cloves, crushed garlic

175g (6oz) sliced mushrooms

2 x 15ml spn (2 tblspn) cream cheese

2 x 15ml spn (2 tblspn) freshly chopped herbs (rosemary, parsley & thyme)

salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the garlic and mushrooms and cook gently for 5 - 10 minutes. Stir in the cream cheese and continue cooking for 1 minute. Add the herbs and season to taste.

Jacket Potato Topped With Cheese And Leek

Baked Potato With Leek Filling, Topped With Cheese

1 tbsp olive oil

200g leeks, sliced

2 tbsp mayonnaise

Salt and pepper

Dash Worcestershire sauce

50g cheddar cheese, grated


Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the leeks for 3-4 minutes.

Cut the cooked baked potatoes in half lengthways, scoop out most of the flesh and mix with the leeks, mayonnaise, seasoning and Worcestershire sauce. Place back in the potato jackets.

Top with cheese and place under a preheated grill for 3-4 minutes or back in the oven for a further 5 minutes, until melted and lightly golden.

I Never Tire Of A Hot Potato Topped With Beans, It Makes An Easy And Comforting Meal

Jacket Potato With Baked Beans Topping

What could be easier than heating up a tin of baked beans and pouring them over a hot buttered baked potato?

This simplest of meals is actually one of my favorites for lunch or a lighter meal!

All I do is heat the beans, cut open the potato, put a little butter on and then drizzle the hot beans over the top seasoning with a little ground sea salt.

To spice it up a bit I sometimes add a few drops of Habanero Tabasco Sauce to the beans.

Try something different though, Janiece has a great page featuring different Cinnamon Apple Baked Beans and other bean recipes which would be great as a topping for your baked potato.

Never Mind The Rice! Serve Your Hot Chilli Over A Steaming Jacket Potato!

Baked Potato With Chili Topping

Who doesn't have a favorite chili recipe! Chili goes just as well with a baked potato as it does with rice or bread.

Some people like it hot and others a bit milder, there is no set way you should make your chili, its just how you like it!

Curry Topped Baked Potato

Baked Potato with Curry Topping

Like Chili curry goes well with baked potato.

When I make curry, if there is any left, I might have it for lunch the next day with a small hot baked potato.

Curry does freeze well though so if you have any left just let it cool then put it in the freezer ready for when you need it!

Just Cheese

Baked Potato Topped With Cheese

What would a baked potato be without cheese!

I think that cheese was probably the first ever thing I had with a baked potato. Those days it was probably just a bit of mild cheddar grated on the top for me, but it is so much easier to get lots of different cheeses nowadays and most of them will go great with a baked potato either grated over the top or mixed with the soft, fluffy potato middle then put back in the oven until it is bubbling and beginning to brown on top.

Microwaving A Baked Potato

If you are short of time, microwaving a baked potato could be the answer.

Personally I don't think that microwaved baked potato is nearly as good as an oven baked jacket potato, but, if you want the yummy taste of nice slowly baked potato, but don't have the time to wait for it to bake in an oven, then microwaved baked potato may well be for you!

How long it takes to microwave baked potatoes also depends on their size but as a guide I would say around 10 minutes.

Just scrub the potato, and prick it all over several times, this helps to release the steam when cooking and prevents the microwave baked potato exploding.

Place the potato on a plate. Cook on full power in the microwave for 5 minutes then turn the potato over, and continue to cook for 5 more minutes. 10 minutes should be enough depending on the size of the potato but if it is large then it may need a minute or two more. When the potato is soft, remove from the microwave, cut in half lengthwise and top with your favorite topping.

To Get A Crispy Skin With Microwave Baked Potatoes

Heat up the oven whilst the potato is cooking in the microwave and put the potato in the oven for 10 minutes once it has finished cooking in the microwave.

For the extra 10 mins I would rather have the crispy skin but that's a personal thing.

More Ideas For Great Toppings And Fillings For Your Baked Potato

  1. Ratatouille

    I first tried Ratatouille as a topping for a baked potato when I had some left over from the previous day. I have to say that it made a lovely vegetarian topping for my baked potato!

  2. Smoked Salmon And Sour Cream

    The idea of the smoked salmon and sour cream baked potato topping comes from Jamie Oliver.

    It may sound strange to have a smoked salmon topping on your baked potato but believe me, it works really well.

  3. Coronation Chicken

    The mild, creamy, curried flavour of Coronation Chicken works really well as a topping for a baked potato.

  4. Spicy Beef Curry

    If you like the idea of a spicy topping for your baked potato then try this Spicy Beef Curry from chef Gordon Ramsay.

    You could always reduce the chili content if you would like a milder flavoured curry topping.

  5. Double Baked Horseradish Potato

    If you like horseradish then you will be sure to like these twice baked potaoes by American chef Bobby Flay. The flesh of the baked potato is scooped out and mashed with horseradish and cream then returned to the skins before baking for a further 10 minutes till nice and golden.

  6. Fully Loaded Potato Skins

    Nigella Lawson combines cheese, bacon, sour cream, spring onions and Worcester sauce to make a wonderful baked potato filling.

  7. Creamy Chicken And Leeks

    Chicken, leeks, bacon and wholegrain mustard combine to make a creamy, comforting, baked potato topping.

  8. Horseradish & Soured Cream Baked Potatoes

    These baked potatoes with soured cream and horseredish really are good!

    They work well as a side dish to steak or even a steak pie. Give them a try, if you like horseradish then you wont be disappointed.

  9. Shepherds Pie Baked Potato

    This Shepherds Pie Baked Potato is on the menu at Selfridges.

    In the past I have made this if I have made too much filling for my Shepherds Pie, saving it for a shepherds pie baked potato for lunch the following day.

  10. Guinness Beef Stew

    Guinness Beef Stew tastes great with most things. I have had it served with dumplings and Colcannon and serving it with a buttery baked potato works too.

  11. Crunchy Coleslaw

    Fresh coleslaw is so easy to make and tastes fantastic on top of a baked potato!

The Cooking Temperature For Baked Potatoes

I find that 200 degrees C works best, giving a nice fluffy potato with a crisp skin.

Be Careful When Handling Hot Potatoes! - Baked potatoes straight from the oven are very hot!

Always wear protection for your hands when removing your baked potato from the oven to avoid nasty burns!

Whatever you are removing from the oven you need a decent oven glove that will protect you from burns!
This glove is heat resistant up to 485F/250C. The non-skid silicone on the outside protects your hands from the heat, and, the fabric on the inside keeps your hands comfortable.

Do you eat the skin on your baked potato or do you discard it and just eat the filling? - Take our quick poll on eating baked potato skins.

A large percent of the vitamins, minerals, and trace elements in a potato are found within or immediately below the skin and I do love the taste and texture of the crispy skin on a baked potato so I always eat it, but some people remove the skin and eat only the fluffy potato inside.

Do you eat the skin on your baked potato?

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What is the Difference Between a Baked Potato Topping and a Filling?

Do you top or fill your potato

My thoughts are that a filling is placed inside the potato before it is served. For instance if I made cheese stuffed potatoes - The cooked potato would be removed from the skin and mixed with the cheese before returning it to the oven until the cheese is melted throughout.

A baked potato topping is usually served on the side, or simply placed on top of a baked potato, for example in the case of cheese it would be served at the side of the potato or grated on top.

Baked Potato Nutrition Facts And Information - What is the nutritional value of your baked potato?

As I have said before, size matters with baked potatoes so it isn't easy to quantify the calories and other nutritional amounts exactly, but , a guide for a large potato is shown above.

If you need to be more exact then you need to check the weight of your potato and also count the butter and other fillings or toppings that you use.

A baked potato on its own contains no cholesterol!

What Are Your Favorite Baked Potato Recipes For Toppings And Fillings? - Share your ideas for baked potato toppings and fillings here

If you prefer toppings to fillings or you have a favorite topping or filling for your jacket potato then share tell us about it here. I confess that I like baked potatoes both ways, its hard to choose sometimes.

You don't have to be a member of Squidoo to share your favorite baked potato toppings or fillings so please tell us what are your favorites.

What Are Your Favorite Potato Toppings And Fillings?

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    • LadyFlashman profile image


      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Ohhhh this is so painful to read because I doing Weight Watchers at the moment and a baked potato for me right now is a sorry affair. Loved this lens but am now starving starving hungry!

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      kabbalah lm 

      7 years ago

      I can eat baked potatoes with just about anything

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      7 years ago

      Oh yeah, baked potatoes are high on my list. Scooping them out and mixing cheddar cheese, onions and what-ever (and refilling the skins) is both fun and delicious. Excuse me, I gotta go eat one.

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      7 years ago

      My baked potato has to have real butter, pepper then cottage cheese ...tomorrow I have to make a roaster full for our Christmas Dinner.

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      OurFoodRecipes LM 

      8 years ago

      After trying the potato peelings deep fried or baked....taste good like the potato chips or wedges....

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      8 years ago

      baked potatoes are delicious !

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      8 years ago

      nice lens...i love baked potatoes

    • LouiseKirkpatrick profile image


      8 years ago from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

      I think I'm one of the few people in the world who doesn't like baked potatoes...I'd go so far as to say I can't stand them! I'm here though as I Googled for ideas for baked potato toppings for my son who's a VERY fussy vegetarian who won't eat dairy...and two Squidoo lenses came up as 1 & 2 in the SERPS! I am now suitably inspired and what to cook him for dinner is sorted so thanks very much :D

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Oh your stuffed baked potatoes look like pure heaven for the tummy. Yummy.

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      8 years ago

      This always seemed to make my potatoes come out delicious

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      Zut Moon 

      8 years ago

      Nice lens ... blessed

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      E L Seaton 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      Actually, there are lots of times when I just bake the potato and add nothing. Just potato is alright with me too.

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      8 years ago

      What a beautiful, beautiful lens.

      I like my baked potato with mushrooms and melted cheese. Mmmmm.

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      8 years ago

      Enjoyed reading about this great American staple food.

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      Hip and Hot 

      9 years ago

      Not only do you give great ideas, but great topping for the potato too. Thanks!

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      Formosangirl LM 

      9 years ago

      OOOH Baked potatoes are so good especially my relatives recipes

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      9 years ago

      Oh my goodness, I just landed in yummy delicious baked potato heaven!

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      Carol Fisher 

      9 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      Brilliant - just what anybody who wants the perfect baked potato should read - great selection of toppings too. Blessed

    • emmajowebster profile image


      9 years ago

      Fabulous lens! i love baked potatoes! now many more toppings to try!

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      9 years ago

      I'm very traditional when it come to a baked potatoes, I love them with a juicy ribeye...or can eat them by themselves! great lens

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      Barb McCoy 

      9 years ago

      I love our "baked potato bar" dinners. Everyone gets what they want!

      Adding to my favorites and blessing.

      ***Blessed by an Angel***

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      9 years ago

      I love baked potatoes. I know in Scotland you can get them as fast food. Wish they would expand to North America.

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      10 years ago

      Really tasty lens. Thanks for the tip on how to get a crispy skin with microwave potatoes.

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      LadyLovelace LM 

      10 years ago

      I need to go find a potato, because I desperately want one now. I'm thinking slightly overcooked and doused in butter...

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      10 years ago

      I'm German so I love potatoes in any form...any topping is fine with me...great recipes here including the none potato ones...

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      10 years ago

      Great lens. Lensrolled to my Best Student Recipes and blessed :-)

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      10 years ago

      Chili is my favorite potato topping, but I'd like to expand that a bit. That curry looks like a yummy & fabulous potato topping, but the links don't seem to work anymore. Anyone have a good curry recipe? The ones I've found have tomato, and that's not what I recall from the curry I've liked.

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      11 years ago

      Just lensrolled to:

      The Poutine Group Headquarters

      quebec and poutine

      Make Friends With Rutabagas And Parsnips

      The Little Potato Is Not So Humble Anymore

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      11 years ago

      Fantastic lens here. I love baked potatoes, but so far I've always eaten it plain.

      I can't believe what I've been missing.

      Your "Garlic Mushrooms" filling and cheese filling are the ones I am going

      to experiment with first.


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      11 years ago

      I love a stuffed potato -- and will look through my refrigerator and pantry to fill it with whatever I've got.

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      Lee Hansen 

      11 years ago from Vermont

      Baked potatoes are a favorite food for me. I can make a meal from a really big baked spud - and I DO eat the skin, so I buy organic russet potatoes or bake my own from the garden. I am the twice-baked potato queen in our family. My secret is to use a bit of non-fat plain yogurt instead of milk ... and a touch of garlic powder. Yummy lens!

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      Sniff It Out 

      11 years ago

      Thanks for the warning Susan, I wasn't aware of a potential problem with the potato bags. I do not want to feature a product which may be hazardous therefore I have removed the module! [in reply to Susan52]

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      Sniff It Out 

      11 years ago

      Thank you so much for your blessing Jimmie. [in reply to Jimmie]

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      Susan Deppner 

      11 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Awesome lens, excellent presentation! I love baked potatoes with just about anything in or on them. By the way, the microwave potato bags work well to keep the moisture in the potato, but keep an eye on them. I had one catch fire!

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      Jimmie Quick 

      11 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      You're officially blessed!

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      11 years ago

      Nice, beautiful lens. We love taters and thank-you for the idea about the baked bean topping.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      11 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      My husband makes the best twice baked potatoes and we love to eat them with Prime Rib and salad. Yummy. This is a super lens. Great idea and great content. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit.

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      11 years ago

      I love baked potatoes! You did a great job on your lens. Thanks for adding it to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.


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