Jacket Potatoes Vs. Baked Potatoes
Jacket potatoes! The thought of it alone makes me drool. The steaming, fluffy insides, the delicious, crispy skin! A healthy jacket potato is about the same thing as a baked potato. A jacket potato and a baked potato refer to potatoes baked with their skin. The terms can be used synonymously. The difference is mostly that the British call a potato baked with the skin a “jacket potato,” and Americans call it “baked potato.” Both jacket and baked potato recipes are the same except for a few variations.
Most people argue that a jacket potato tastes better than a baked potato, but that isn’t right. It all comes down to the potato recipes you use.
Similarities between Jacket Potatoes and Baked Potatoes
A jacket potato is also called a baked potato. If you intend to make a jacket or baked potato, you will need to follow this recipe. The recipe is the same for a jacket or baked potato.
Potato, salt, butter or olive oil, thyme, rosemary, sour cream.
- Scrub your potato and dry them with a cloth.
- Poke hole all over the potato skin with a fork. For more crunchiness, you can slice the skin of the potato into a cross shape about ½ inch thick to allow more vapor escape as you bake. This helps the insides of the potato to be fluffier, and the outside, crispy. The last thing you want is for your potato to burst open.
- Rub butter or olive oil on the skin of the potato. Sprinkle salt on it so that it comes out crispier crisp.
- The secret to a really great jacket or baked potato is giving the potatoes enough time to bake. 1 hour to 2 hours works just fine for the potatoes. First, pre-heat the oven at 350°F, then place the potatoes in the middle of the oven to bake for 1 ½ hour to 2 hours. The longer it stays, the crispier the potatoes skin gets.
- Slice the potato open in half and top with butter, herbs, and sour cream.
- Put it back in the oven for another 5 to 10 minutes. This gives the inside more fluff and, of course, makes the potato much more delicious.
Don’t beat yourself over the head, trying to figure out what is or isn’t a jacket potato or baked potato. If it still has the skin, then it can be called a jacket potato or baked potato. Once you get the recipe right, you’ll be just fine.