Microwave jacket potatoes with various toppings

Jacket potatoes are a healthy and cheap meal and can be livened up with lots of different toppings. This recipe gives a choice of three toppings.

Cooking them in the microwave speeds up the process considerably, but loses the crunchy jacket. By following the method below, the skin is kept dry which improves the texture when cooked.

Ingredients

For the jacket potato

  • 1 medium baking potato (about 180g/6oz)

For the leek, apple, cheese and bacon filling

  • ½ leek, sliced
  • black pepper
  • 15g/½oz reduced-fat cheddar cheese, grated
  • 15g/½oz cooked bacon or ham, chopped
  • 1 eating apple, roughly chopped

For the tuna and sweetcorn filling

  • 1 x 80g/2¾oz can tuna (in spring water), drained
  • ½ x 198g/7oz can sweetcorn, drained
  • 1 tbsp reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • black pepper

For the salmon and peas filling

  • 50g/1¾oz frozen peas
  • 1 x 80g/2¾oz can skinless and boneless salmon
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise