Fancy a quick lunch? How about a jacket potato topped with a simple, veggie bolognese?
- 1 tsp of olive oil
- 1 green pepper
- 1 courgette
- 1 large handful of vegetarian mince
- 1 large handful of spinach
- 1 tsp of garlic puree
- 1/2 tsp mild chilli powder
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
- 50g of grated cheese
- 2 jacket potatoes
- Dice the pepper into 2cm square pieces and slice the courgette thinly
- Fry on a medium heat with the olive oil until soft
- Add the vegetarian mince and garlic and fry for another 5 minutes
- Add the chopped tomatoes, dried basil, spinach and chilli powder, season and simmer for 10 minutes
- Meanwhile, microwave the potatoes according to the instructions on the box
- Squeeze the potatoes to open them and add butter, then top with the sauce and grated cheese
Do you really need a McCain microwave jacket?
McCain have released microwave jacket potatoes. It struck me as odd at first, since it’s perfectly possible to make jacket potatoes in the microwave already without any help from McCain, but these ones promised to taste oven baked.
We cooked ours in the microwave for eight minutes, then added butter, warm vegetarian bolognese and grated cheese.
The listed ingredients are potato and sunflower oil so I was surprised to get a whiff of that familiar McCain aroma – not unpleasant, but it made it taste just a smidge ‘manufactured’ so that it was impossible to forget that it was a pre-baked product. Maybe it’s to do with the cardboard packaging.
The inside was fluffy, smooth and light – perfectly tasty and certainly better than totally microwaved potatoes, which tend to overcook on the outside and undercook in the middle. The skin was well browned and tasty – even with that slightly odd hint of oven-chip flavour – but not crispy, sadly, which is of course the point of an oven baked spud.
Overall, I’d say this McCain’s offering is tastier than a purely microwaved jacket, but not as nice as one oven-baked from fresh – probably similar to the sort of potato you get from an outside vendor or buffet where it has slow cooked in a slightly steamy oven for a number of hours. Just ok.
At £1.29 for two potatoes or £1.99 for four, it isn’t a cost-effective option for families, but to be fair you might want to have them on hand for when you fancy something a bit different.
McCain Ready Baked Jackets were provided to us for review.