Simple - Jacket Potatoes with Homemade Baked Beans
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Beans, beans, good for your heart. The more you eat...let's park that there, shall we? You'll be making your own brilliant baked beans and dollop them over organic jackets.
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814 kcal
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Ingredients you'll need
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  • 2 baking potatoes
  • A 200g pack of unsmoked lardons
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp Demerara sugar
  • A 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • A 400g tin of cannellini beans
  • A 50g punnet of watercress
From your kitchen
  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
You'll need
  • Baking tray
  • Deep frying pan or wok
  • Colander or sieve
Step by step this way
  • 1.

    Heat your oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. Prick the potatoes all over with a fork or skewer. Pop on a plate. Microwave on high for 10 mins till they’re tender and cooked through (see our tip if you don’t have a microwave).

  • 2.

    Using oven gloves or tongs, transfer the jacket potatoes to a baking tray. Drizzle 1 tbsp oil over the potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 30 mins till the skins are crisp.

  • 3.

    Peel and finely chop the onion. Peel and grate or crush the garlic. Warm a deep frying pan or wok over a medium heat. Fry the lardons over a medium heat for 2 mins till they’re starting to brown (you shouldn’t need to add oil as the fat should run out as they cook).

  • 4.

    Add the onion to the lardons. Season. Stir and fry for 5 mins till soft. Add the garlic. Stir and fry for 1 min.

  • 5.

    Add 1 tbsp mustard, 1 tbsp sugar and the chopped tomatoes to the lardons. Drain and rinse the beans. Add them to the pan. Cover and bring up to a simmer. Cook over a medium heat for 10 mins till thickened. Stir every so often while it cooks.

  • 6.

    Pick out any thick stalks from the watercress. Drizzle ½ tbsp oil over the watercress. Season.

  • 7.

    Split the jacket potatoes in half. Fluff the potato up with a fork. Top with the baked beans. Serve with the watercress on the side.

  • Tip

    If you don’t have a microwave, you can cook your jacket potatoes in the oven. Rub them with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pop in an oven heated to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4 for 1 ½ hrs till they’re tender to the touch and the skins are crisp. To help them cook quickly, you can push a metal skewer all the way through the middle.