Cheesy beans baked potato

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I love a nostalgic meal. Sit me down in front of a plate of potato smileys, turkey twizzlers and a carton of um bongo and I am happy. But nothing makes me happier than a cheesy beans baked potato. There’s something about it that’s just so comforting. I now feel the sudden urge to watch an episode of Tracy Baker and Jungle Run, all whilst not doing my homework and suffering the consequences the next day. Good times x

You’re probs wondering why you need a recipe for cheesy beans? Isn’t it just cheese and beans? Well yeah…but this is the grown up version. The version you make when food is the best part of your day. The part you reaaaally look forward to.

If you want to really pimp your beans, while they warm up on the hob add in a pinch of chilli flakes and dried mixed herbs or oregano. Another way to change them up is squeezing in some smokey BBQ sauce for a bit more of a campfire vibe.

 

 

Ingredients

metric imperial
  • 2 large maris pipers
  • 2 large maris pipers
  • 1.5oz salted butter
  • 50g salted butter
  • 1x 7oz tin baked beans
  • 1x 200g tin baked beans
  • 3.5oz grated strong cheddar cheese
  • 100g grated strong cheddar cheese
  • Olive oil, salt and pepper
  • Olive oil, salt and pepper

Method

  1. Prick the potatoes all over with a fork and pop in the microwave for 7-10 minutes until starting to soften. Preheat the oven to 200ºc/400ºf, then when the potatoes have finished in the microwave put them onto a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil, seasoning with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour until golden brown and super crispy on the outside.
  2. When the potatoes are nearly finished cooking, warm the beans in a pan on the stove and add in a handful of the grated cheddar. Mix into the beans to melt and thicken. Season well with salt and pepper.
  3. Cut a cross into the top of the jacket potato and push it up by the sides with your fingers so it opens up. Cram a load of butter into the middle and use a fork to melt the butter into the potato goodness, then absolutely DRENCH the spud in those cheesy beans. Top with even more cheese and get stuck in bab!