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Cheesy Stuffed Baked Potatoes

How to make Cheesy Stuffed Baked Potatoes. Serve baked potatoes with a simple salad and that's dinner sorted; plus the whole family will love them.

Little kids might like baked beans rather than salad perhaps, but you can have these with whatever you fancy, or even on their own.

Cheesy Stuffed Baked Potatoes with side salad
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Stuffed Jacket Potatoes

Baked potatoes or jacket potatoes, whatever you like to call them are so easy to make and they are totally delicious.

First up, see how to cook the perfect jacket potato by following my recipe. Then cut each potato in half.

Using a dessert spoon carefully scoop out the potato leaving and put it into a bowl. Add a little cheese along with butter and mash. Add salt to taste, remembering the bacon will be salty.

Kitchen Foil

Get a non-stick baking tray or do as I do and use BacoFoil non-stick (I really love that stuff) it is more expensive than regular foil but it is, in my opinion, the best. By the way, you will find it cheaper in the supermarket than it is over on Amazon.

Share the prepared potato between the skins and top with the cooked bacon.

Making Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Top with grated cheese and sprinkle over a little smoked paprika.

Cheesy Stuffed Baked Potatoes ready for the oven

Then onto the middle shelf of your preheated oven for about 20 minutes by which time the cheese should be bubbling and the potato piping hot in the middle.

Stuffed Baked Potatoes out of the oven

Smoked Paprika

I am totally obsessed with the deep rich flavour of Pimentón de la Vera; this sweet smoked paprika really sets off the cheesy topping!

sweet smoked paprika

Use the right Potato Variety

Be sure to use a floury variety of potatoes such as Maris Piper or King Edward.

Always poke a few holes in the skins of your potatoes with a sharp knife fork before baking.

As the potato bakes, the moisture in the potato converts to steam; plus when the pressure builds up inside your potatoes they will no doubt explode in the oven. Trust me they make a huge mess!

Please don't wrap a potato in tin foil to bake it because your best bet is to place it directly on the oven rack. using foil will trap the steam, creating a potato with skin that is soggy instead of it being nice and crispy.

Baked Potatoes Recipe

Yield: N/A
Author: Jan Bennett
Cheesy Stuffed Potatoes

Cheesy Stuffed Potatoes

No need for exact amounts since it depends on how many potatoes you are cooking.
Prep time: 1 H & 20 MCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 1 H & 40 M


  • Cooked Jacket Potatoes - however many you fancy
  • Fried bacon - I used sliced, smoked back bacon cut into pieces
  • a good amount of butter
  • salt to taste
  • a splash of milk
  • A good amount of grated Extra Matured Cheddar cheese - amount depending on how many potatoes you're cooking
  • Smoked paprika for sprinkling


Preheat your oven 200C/400F or Gas 6
  1. Once your potatoes are cooked.
  2. Cut each cooked potato in half and scoop out the fluffy inside onto a large plate keeping the skin intact.
  3. Add the cooked bacon and mix together with butter and a little cheese.
  4. Add salt to taste, remembering the bacon will be salty. You can add a splash of milk if it's looking too dry. 
  5. Put the mixture back into the skins and top with the bacon.
  6. Add grated cheese. 
  7. Sprinkle over a little paprika and pop the filled skins on a baking tray and return to the oven until they're piping hot and the cheese has melted. 
  8. Serve straight away.
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  1. What a fabulous recipe! So easy and tasty! I’ll definitely be making this one again!
    Thank you so much for the recipe!

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