A fun and inventive way of livening-up jacket potatoes. Simply morph them into mice by letting the kids decorate them.

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Ingredients

  • 4 medium baking potatoes
  • a little vegetable oil
  • 1/2 medium butternut squash
  • 40 g butter
  • 40 g freshly grated Italian hard style cheese
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 40 g grated cheddar cheese

Decoration

  • 4 small cherry tomatoes
  • chives
  • 4 radishes
  • raisins
  • spring onions/scallions

Method

  1. Prick the potatoes in several places, place on a baking tray and brush all over with the oil. Bake in an oven pre-heated to 190C (375F) for 1 to 1 1/4 hours or until they feel soft when pressed.
  2. Cut a medium butternut squash in half, scoop out the seeds and brush with a knob of melted butter bake in the oven for about 40 minutes or until tender.
  3. When cool enough to handle, cut the tops off the baked potatoes and scoop out the flesh.  Scoop out the flesh of the cooked butternut squash and mash together with the baked potato flesh, mustard, Italian hard style cheese, milk and butter.  Season with a little salt and pepper.  Put the mixture back into the potato shells, cover with the grated Cheddar and cook under a pre-heated grill for a few minutes until golden.
  4. Fix a small cherry tomato into each of the potatoes using a cocktail stick for the noses. Add some short lengths of chives for the whiskers – you can tuck these behind the tomato. Decorate with halved radishes for the ears, raisins for the eyes and spring onion / scallion  for the tails. You need to buy a few bunches of scallions as you need to use the ones with the pointed ends…
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