Welsh Rarebit Jacket Potatoes
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 40-45 mins
Did you know there’s an English Rarebit? An old recipe says “lay it on a plate before the fire and pour red wine over it”. This one’s a spuddy good twist on the more well known Welsh classic.
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634 kcal
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Ingredients you'll need
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  • 2 baking potatoes
  • 2 large handfuls of baby leaf spinach
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tbsp whole milk
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • A 100g chunk of cheddar
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 large handfuls of peppery salad mix
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
You'll need
  • Microwave (optional)
  • Baking tray
  • A couple of pans
  • Colander
  • A couple of bowls
  • Foil
Step by step this way
  • 1.

    Heat your oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Scrub the potatoes. Pierce them all over with a skewer or fork.

  • 2.

    Pop them on a plate and bung in your microwave on high for 10-15 mins. When they’re tender to the touch, use an oven glove or tongs to put them on a baking tray.

  • 3.

    Drizzle each potato with ½ tbsp oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for 30 mins till cooked through (or bake for 1 hr 30 mins if you don’t have a microwave). Test them with a skewer to check they’re soft all the way through.

  • 4.

    While the potatoes are cooking, put the spinach. in a dry pan. Cook over a medium heat for 1 2 mins till the spinach has just wilted. Drain in a colander. Press the spinach with a wooden spoon to squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Finely chop it.

  • 5.

    Separate the egg yolk from its white. Whisk the milk, egg yolk, mustard and some black pepper in a small pan. Grate the cheese and add to the pan. Add the spinach. Heat gently and stir for about 2 mins till the cheese has melted into a smooth sauce.

  • 6.

    When the potatoes are cooked, halve and scoop out their flesh. Pop into a bowl and mash. Heat your grill to medium. Line a grill pan with foil.

  • 7.

    Add half the sauce to the mash. Mix well. Spoon the cheesey mash back into the potato skins. Top with the remaining sauce. Grill for 5 mins till golden brown and bubbling.

  • 8.

    Whisk 1 tbsp of the vinegar with 1 tbsp oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss the salad leaves with the dressing. Serve the rarebit jackets with the salad.

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