Looking after a baby is hard work. The main issue I find is finding the time to eat. So I’ve had to find foods which are quick and easy to prepare, and can be eaten one-handed! My best food for this so far has been loaded potato skins. Basically jacket potatoes, twice-cooked with a cheese and chive filling… You can make up a batch in advance, freeze them, then chuck in the oven for 20mins when you want them again and hey presto! Easy one-handed and tasty meals!
This recipe should make between 20-30 skins depending on how many potatoes you get in your bag!
2.5KG of Baking Potatoes
Monterey Jack Cheese
Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 160c (fan-assisted)
Partially-cook your potatoes in the microwave, I usually do 10mins for 3 medium-sized potatoes – Ensure you prick them with a knife first so that they don’t explode!
Once done, coat all of the potatoes in a thin layer of oil (either coconut or olive), and place directly on the oven shelf in the center of the oven. I find it easier to take out the shelf and load my potatoes on, then put it back once they are all in place!
Cook for approximately 1hr, or until they are golden brown and crispy on the outside – too soft and they will fall apart when emptying the center
Once cooked, place the potatoes on a rack, and leave to cool
Once your potatoes have completely cooled, cut them in half length-ways, and using a spoon, scoop out the center of the potato leaving a
5mm layer in the skin (to hold it in place!)
Empty your soured cream and monterey jack cheese into a large mixing bowl. Chop your
chives into small pieces, approx 3-4mm long and add these to the bowl. Add some salt & pepper to your taste, and mix all together with a wooden spoon until the soured cream is well and truly blended in
Add the scooped potato into your mixing bowl, and using a potato masher, mash it all up until it is nicely blended. You could use a blender for this, but I personally prefer the crunchy texture you get by doing it by hand… You don’t need it to be smooth in consistency – just well mixed so that all of the potato is coated in the cream & cheese mixture
Holding a skin in one-hand, use your spoon to push the potato mixture back into the skin, and smooth it over with the back of the spoon. Don’t worry about it being flat, slightly more in there is better! Just make sure the mixture is “packed” into the skin well, otherwise it will fall out when moving
Once complete, you can either re-cook to eat, or freeze… To freeze, first you need to flash-freeze them, so put them in the freezer on a tray, without touching each other for about 30 60mins until they are almost frozen. This will prevent the skins from sticking together when freezing. Once this process has completed, you can bag them up and freeze fully
To re-cook, place them in a preheated oven at 170c for approx 20-30mins depending on how crispy you like them
These are a firm favourite snack/lunch in my household – Hopefully they will be the same for you!