A simple baked potato supper

Pesto baked potato

This is going to be short and simple. Just like dinner. I love cooking – all that chopping, slicing, frying and grilling is relaxing and I get to eat the results. But sometimes (whisper it) I just don’t feel like it. Sometimes I just want to flop. Baked spuds are made for times like this.

So, like my supper, this is a short post before I flop in front of Special Agent Dale Cooper and Twin Peaks (series 2). In front of me the potato, steam rising from fluffy flesh, half melted cheese and swirl of pesto. Mmmm-mmm.

My baked spud
Per person

1 large spud
Grated cheese
Pesto

Heat oven to 200oC. Wipe dirt from potato, prick a few holes and scatter with a little sea salt. Place in oven and bake for 1.5 hours.

Cut small lid from spud and scoop out flesh carefully so you don’t break the skin. Mix with pest and cheese, keeping a little back. Scoop it carefully back into the skin, top with grated cheese and bake for another 15-30 minutes.

That’s it. Now flop.

12 Responses to “A simple baked potato supper”

  1. shayma

    fluffy flesh- nice metaphor! i need smthg like this tonight, too, rainy and dreary, oh dear.

  2. The Grubworm

    I’m eating the one at the font now – it really does bring a good solid warmth to your belly. Just what you need on a dreary March evening.

  3. Thursday

    This is my idea of perfect food, potato head that I am and, like you, never, ever, ever from a microwave.

  4. The Grubworm

    @Thursday Never EVER ever from a microwave – it’s just not the same…

  5. ginandcrumpets

    This is very much like the lunch I’d make every day when I was doing my school exams: a jacket potato halved, flesh scooped out and mashed with grated Cheddar, spooned back in and grilled until golden and bubbling – yum! Haven’t had it for years, but like the idea of doing it again with a grown up swirl of peso.

  6. The Grubworm

    @ginandcrumpets if only it didn’t take 2 hours to prepare. Saying that, Farm, a local Farringdon lunch spot does a mean cheesy beaner (trans: baked spud w cheddar & baked beans). Now that is true exam food. You can put it all in, revise for 1.5 hours and then eat. And relax.

  7. Gourmet Chick

    I love baked spuds for lunch as well – it is actually quite a healthy alternative even with lots of cheese!

  8. The Grubworm

    @gourmet chick that’s what I tell myself as i stuff in handful after handful of grated cheese… ;-)

  9. ginandcrumpets

    I sort of made this for dinner on the weekend, except I cheated and cooked the potato in the microwave first, then stuck it in the oven for 30 minutes to crisp up (I was hungry, what can I say?). It was delicious. A happy meal.

  10. The Grubworm

    @ginandcrumpets – I guess hunger sometimes doesn’t allow for a 2 hour cooking time and when you need a baked spud… ;-) The main thing is that it was a HAPPY meal and tasted good. Mind you, most meals are happy for me (except those Macdonald’s ones *shudder*).

  11. The Grubworm

    I never thought of baking a yam – great idea.

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