Hello Giggles girls, as a general rule, love treats. Sweet or savoury, healthy or not-so-much, it pretty much goes without saying that food is something to be celebrated around these parts. As most of us slog through our week of work and/or school, we look forward to Friday when we’ll finally get a break; an opportunity to put on pyjamas, check out the Harry Potter Weekend that ABC Family is always running and indulge in some good eats. Oh, wait… is that just me?
For the inaugural TGIF Treats, I’ve gotta put forward the humble baked potato (or jacket potato, if you’re UK-friendly!) as the eat of the week. After all – I’m going to have one later today and I’ve been looking forward to it for days. Does that make me a pitiful person? Perhaps. But I’ll be a happy one nonetheless.
I know a lot of you are probably wondering how a potato counts as a “treat” (especially when not in french fry form!) but some of us are still trying to keep carbs to a minimum. Even if you aren’t, if you get into the true spirit of jacket potato eating, it soon turns into a special occasion food and in fact will probably replace a meal rather than just being a snack.
I’m referring, of course, to toppings. While conventional tastes tend towards butter or sour cream and chives, the great thing about the potato is that it’s a nice jump-off point for any number of fillings. My personal favourite, as pictured above, is baked beans (Heinz vegetarian, please!) and cheddar. I don’t generally keep bacon in the house, but if I did that would be a go, too.
Other popular topping choices include:
- Chili con carne
- Tuna and sweetcorn (pictured above)
- Sautéed mushrooms
- Cottage cheese with onion and chives
The list goes on and on.
If you’re not much of a chef, you can always make yourself feel like you are since these suckers take up to 2 hours to cook in a conventional oven. Wrap one (or two, if you’ve got a friend over/are feeling adventurous!) in foil and pop ‘em in and leave it – it’s that simple. You can also apparently cover them in butter and rock salt for an added crispiness, but I don’t really think that’s necessary.
If you’re lazy like me, you’ll want to speed up this process by zapping your potato in the microwave. No, I’m not going to tell you how to microwave a potato (though feel free to ask in the comments if anything is unclear, ha ha!) but a helpful guideline is that it’ll take anywhere from 6 to 12 minutes to cook depending on your appliance.
Is anyone else a fan of baked potatoes? What toppings do you like?
Images via Martin Lee for Rex Features / The Daily Mail and Burst of Bubbles