Easy to make and low in fat, this delicious baked potato recipe is perfect for a filling, winter supper
Serves: 6-8
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Cheap as chips


For the topping:

    • 2 tbsp light olive oil
    • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
    • 4 sticks celery, finely chopped
    • 1-2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
    • 2 green chillies, deseeded and finely sliced
    • 1 tablespoon freshly grated root ginger
    • 400g can chopped tomatoes
    • 1 red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
    • ½ level tsp salt
    • 200g (7oz) caster sugar
    • 150ml (¼ pint) cider vinegar
    • 2-3 pieces star anise


    1. Set the oven to Gas Mark 6/200°C.
    1. Prick the potatoes and wrap them in foil, then bake them in the oven for about 1½ hours, or until they are tender.
    1. To make the topping: Pour the olive oil into a heavy-based saucepan and heat over a moderate heat. Add the onion and celery to the pan and cook for 5-7 minutes until they start to soften. Add the garlic, chilli and ginger and cook for a further 1-2 minutes, then add the tomatoes, red pepper and salt, and mix well. Finally, add the sugar, vinegar and star anise, and stir over a moderate heat until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally, so that the mixture doesn’t stick to the base of the pan. Remove pan from heat.
    1. To serve, cut the potatoes in half and spoon the warm topping over.

Top tip: Remove the star anise before serving, because they’re quite hard if someone bites on them! You can freeze the topping: let it cool, then pack in a suitable container and keep frozen for up to 1 month. Allow to defrost, and then serve either cold or reheated.

Feature: Sue McMahon. Photos: frankthephotographer.com. Props stylist: Sue Radcliffe.

Nutritional information per portion

fat 3.0g calories 282(kcal)

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.