Scottish Bellywarmer

I have never been a great fan of the baked potato. I always found them heavy and uninspired.

Enter Great Britain, where baked potatoes are as ubiquitous as sandwiches and have the same wild variety of fillings. Salmon salad? Sure. Vegan chili or curry chicken? Whatever.

Still, my favorite remains the staunchly British classic of baked beans and cheese.

Take-Away from the simply named vegetarian Baked Potato Shop

These are really too easy to warrant a recipe, but I’m giving mine anyway. Try one when you are feeling cold, sick, or generally down in the dumps.

1 potato, large or small according to your hunger

1 small (220 g) tin baked beans

handful of grated cheese, preferably some kind of cheddar

salt, pepper, and butter, to taste

Preheat oven to approximately 400 F or 200 C. Wrap your potato in tin foil, then stab it multiple times with a fork or knife to let steam escape. Place wrapped potato on middle rack of oven. Bake for about 1 hour.

After an hour, head to kitchen. Test potato for done-ness by stabbing with a fork. If fork goes in easily, potato is cooked. If not, return to oven for another 20 minutes. When cooked, unwrap potato and return to oven (to keep warm and get a little crispy) while you prepare filling.

Put beans in a microwave safe dish. Add dash of onion powder. Nuke for 1-2 minutes, stir, nuke another minute or until hot.

Remove potato from oven and place in a small bowl. Cut an X in your potato and split it open. Add butter, salt, and pepper and smash lightly. Sprinkle on half of the cheese, pour on the beans, top with remaining cheese.



2 responses to “Scottish Bellywarmer

  1. Alternately, you can put a cross in the potato before you put it in the oven for the last 10 mins and remove the foil to crisp up the skin.

    When you bring it out, wearing oven gloves, press the potato at the bottom and the cross with open up allowing you to pour your beans over and inside!

    (English lass here, born and raised on the baked spud!)

  2. smart girl, now I know the secret!

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