servingbowlThis is a recipe for fully loaded jacket potato salad. I am always on the lookout for something different and there are as many different potato salad recipes as there are people to write them. However I quite like the idea of being able to get this one on the go whilst you are baking something else. Plus as the ingredients are store cupboard items for us, it's not something I need to plan for particularly. Jacket potatoes have a different flavour to boiled or steamed, and in a pleasant way, it does notice in this salad despite all the other flavours involved.

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Makes enough for approx. 4 - 6 servings


  • 4 medium waxy potatoes washed and pierced through the skins
  • 1 medium onion chopped quite finely
  • 4 back or 8 streaky rashers of smoked bacon cooked until crispy and chopped up
  • 100g grated tasty mature cheddar cheese
  • 3 – 6 tablespoons of mayonnaise start with less and add more to suit your taste – homemade or bought, we use Hellmans.

You will also need

  • A roasting pan or baking tray
  • A mixing bowl


  1. Preheat the oven to 200c
  2. Bake the potatoes for 1.5 hours until the skins are crispy and the potato flesh is soft
  3. Allow the potatoes to cool completely then chop them into bitesized chunks
  4. Put the potatoes into a mixing bowl with the remaining ingredients and gently stir them together, adding more mayonaise if necessary.
  5. Transfer to a serving bowl, and decorate with a few bits of reserved bacon
  6. Remember to share it with your nearest and dearest!


Serving suggestions and variations

  • This isn't called fully loaded for nothing. It is a meal in itself!
  • Potato salad is a great side for any salad or cold buffet
  • Also great with, grilled or BBQ meat, served without gravy
  • Add 2 – 4 hard boiled eggs chopped to similar sized pieces as the potatoes if you want it really fully laoded
  • Stir in some chopped chives or parsley to add a little colour
  • want it vegetarian then use chopped sundried tomatoes instead of bacon.
  • Not keen on cold potato skins, remove them before you mix all the ingredients together.
  • If you want something less substantial then try our other potato salad variations shown below



This is a recipe I came across on Pinterest and it took my fancy because it used jacket potatoes. I have adapted it slightly from the American version to make it fit our store cupboard and an English taste. The original recipe mixed in sour cream with the mayo, which will make a slightly lighter sauce, more cheese and bacon.

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