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The Irish Potato Jacket

An casual Friday menu that is easy on the wallet and a great way to utilize leftovers! You can use whatever you have on hand or follow my suggestions below. Serve with my Irish coleslaw or my house salad. Links above.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Irish
Keyword easy dinner recipe, gluten-free recipe, kid-friendly recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Author Linda Spiker


  • Desired amount of mediums sized russet potatoes or sweet potatoes

For each potato you will need:

  • butter, 2 Tablespoons per potato
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • chives, 1 tablespoon per potato

Ham and Peas Potato Jacket

  • Diced ham steak, fresh peas boiled till soft, pepper jack cheese or raw cheddar

Smoked Salmon Potato Jacket:

  • Smoked salmon, I prefer the cooked filet over lox but you can do either. Capers, cream fraiche (or sour cream) lemon zest

Roasted Chicken and Broccoli Jacket:

  • Shredded roasted or rotisserie chicken, steamed broccoli, and raw sharp cheddar


  1. Preheat oven to 400 and place oven rack in center position.
  2. If you prefer a soft skin, wrap in foil before baking, if not wipe with a little butter or olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and place directly on oven rack for crispy skin.

  3. Bake for 60 minutes or until a fork goes in easily. Larger potatoes will take more time. Sweet potatoes take less time. (Cooking time varies depending on altitude and oven)

  4. Remove from oven and slice the potatoes lenthwise, not quite end to end, and then squish the ends towards each other so the potato opens right up.
  5. Slather in butter, sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.
  6. Fill with your choice of fillings (choices above), top with generous amounts shredded cheese (except salmon version). Place on cookie sheet and place back in oven until cheese melts.

  7. Sprinkle with chives and serve!