Cheesy Jacket Potatoes with Smoked Bacon Bits

Yesterday, it was bonfire night here in the UK and we watched the fireworks.
Ha ha we didn't buy any fireworks, we just watched everyone else's........
What cheapskates we are!
I say it's the law to have jacket potatoes on bonfire night, so we did.
Preheat your oven to 200C/400F/Gas6

You will need:
  • Nice big potatoes - however many you fancy
  • Grated Extra Matured Cheddar cheese - amount depending on how many potatoes you are cooking
  • Fried bacon - I used sliced, smoked back bacon cut into pieces
  • Salt and butter to your taste
How to do it:
Wash the potatoes and then dry them. Now rub the skins with a little olive oil and rub on a little crushed sea salt.

Prick the skin of the potatoes here and there with a sharp knife a few times all over.

Bake directly on the bars of a preheated oven for at about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
**The actual time will of course, will depend on the size of your potatoes and the variety.

The potatoes are done when you can very easily insert a knife into them. The skin should be nice and crisp. There is nothing worse than a baked potato that's not cooked through so make sure it is.

Now, cut each one in half and scoop out the potato from the skin using a spoon, and put into a bowl. Add a nice lot of of butter and some salt - to your taste and give it a good mash with a fork.

You don't have to add salt but it just won't taste the same. Once you are happy with the seasoning and amount of butter, mix in some grated Extra Matured Cheddar.

Add the cooked bacon and mix. Put the mixture back into the skins and top with more grated cheese. Place the filled skins on a baking tray and return to the oven until they are piping hot and the cheese has melted.
Be sure to serve straight away.


  1. Jan, these are wonderful! Over here, we call them twice baked potatoes, and they are the best of both worlds ... mashed and baked! YUM!

  2. Great dinner idea! I have a bag of potatoes too!

  3. Potatoes, aged cheddar and bacon - how can you get any better!

  4. Who doesn't love a loaded baked potato? Sounds delicious

  5. Haha, I can see you wearing a Bobbie's uniform and waving the club at's law to be making mad jacket potatoes everyone!

  6. Today is saturday everyone home and I want to go to my parents house and special cooking for them and I choose this menu for my family. Today no Thai dish for sure. Should be amazing for them heheheh...
    Thank you for sharing Jan's
    Wish you a nice weekend.

  7. i used to make these all the time for dinner, with a biog green salad and you've just reminded me that I haven't done this for ages! They look scrummy!

  8. I love twice baked potatoes. I always mash the innards with a bit of Boursin cheese and some chopped spring onion before I pile them back into the potato. Yummo!

  9. Bacon, cheese and potato...mmm...


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