DIY Baked Potatoes

Place an array of toppings in the centre of the table and everyone in the family can select the topping of their choice  for their baked potatoes – guaranteed happy families.

Serves 4   (makes 8)      


  • 8 baking potatoes, washed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Rock salt
    • For the fillings
    • 8 rashers bacon, finely chopped
    • 2 large onions, finely sliced
    • 100g light crème fraiche
    • 2 tbsp milk 
    • 2 tbsp chives, chopped
    • 100g mature white cheddar, grated
    • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped
    • 100g baby spinach leaves, washed and trimmed
    • 100ml broccoli florets, blanched
    • 100g sweetcorn, cooked
    • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil, for sauting the onions


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/Gas 4.
  2. Brush the potatoes with olive oil and place in a roasting tin.
  3. Bake for about 30 – 40 minutes depending on the size until crispy on the outer skin and soft inside.  
  4. In the meantime fry the bacon until crispy and place in a small bowl.
  5. Heat a large frying pan with olive oil, saute the onions until softened and caramelized.
  6. Combine the chives and crème fraiche and place in a bowl ready for the table.
  7. Place the grated cheese in a bowl.
  8. Place the spinach, broccoli and sweetcorn in bowls.
  9. Cut a cross into each – season with a little salt and pepper and allow to cool slightly.
  10. Place everything on the table, ready for everyone to help themselves.