Brits are a nation that loves potatoes. Fried, baked, roasted or mashed, potatoes are incredibly versatile (and cheap), whether served as a side dish or as the main event. During the Christmas season, the only potatoes that usually make it onto the plate are smothered in duck fat and roasted, but this year, we’re changing things up by making the humble potato centre stage with the help of Bannisters Farm, who have come up with a range of Christmas-inspired recipes. From Parma ham and stilton to glazed ham and Wensleydale cheese, these jacket potato recipes are perfect for using up Christmas leftovers or as an alternative to a Christmas dinner.

Tis The Stilton to be Jolly

Serves 1

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Lots of stilton left from your Christmas cheese boards? Crumble big pieces into your jacket potato and top with parma ham and thinly sliced apple for a quick and easy post-Christmas lunch idea for your specials board. 


  • Leftover stilton (or any other blue cheese) broken into large pieces
  • 2 slices Parma ham
  • Slices of apple
  • Bannisters Yorkshire Family Farm Large Baked Jacket Potato

For the salad:

  • a handful of watercress
  • a few cherry tomatoes
  • Olive oil, balsamic vinegar or your favourite dressing


  • Cook a large Bannisters Baked Potato from frozen in the microwave (only 7 mins) on full power, as per instructions.
  • Assemble a small salad with watercress, thinly sliced apple and chopped cherry tomatoes on the side of a plate.
  • Pop the hot Baked Potato on a serving plate, open up and top with stilton pieces, torn strips of parma ham and apple.
  • Drizzle over your favourite dressing. Serve while the baked potato is still steaming hot, so the stilton is only just starting to melt.

Blue Cheese & ‘Shrooms

Your customers will love this classic flavour combination of creamy, cheesy mushrooms piled on top of a fluffy, steaming hot jacket potato – the ultimate taste of autumn. Cooking time: 12 minutes

Ingredients: Serves 2

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 250g assorted mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 tbsp half-fat creme fraiche
  • 50g Stilton or other blue cheese, crumbled 
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 1 tbsp snipped fresh chives
  • 2 Bannisters Yorkshire Family Farm Large Baked Jacket Potatoes


  1. Cook two large Bannisters Baked Potatoes from frozen in the microwave (only 7 mins) on full power, as per instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, cook your cheesy mushrooms. Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the mushrooms and stir them until coated in oil and season with a good pinch of salt. Fry over a medium heat for 5 mins or until they release their juices and turn soft.
  3. Increase the heat, stirring until most of the juices have gone, then add the garlic and fry for 30 seconds or so.
  4. Remove from the heat, add the Worcestershire Sauce, creme fraiche, cheese and freshly ground black pepper and mix well. Gently heat the mixture until a smooth creamy sauce forms.
  5. Divide the mixture between the hot baked potatoes and top with chopped fresh chives. 

Good King Wensleydale

Leftover Wensleydale and ham? This is our Christmas take on a ploughman’s lunch. It’s a welcome warming meal for your customers to enjoy after a brisk walk in the mid-winter sun. Cooking time: 7 minutes

Ingredients: Serves 1

  • Leftover Wensleydale Cheese (with or without cranberries) 
  • Leftover Christmas ham
  • a dollop of chutney
  • a handful of rocket
  • Olive oil, balsamic vinegar or your favourite dressing
  • 1 Bannisters Yorkshire Family Farm Large Baked Jacket Potato


  1. Heat a Large Bannisters Baked Jacket Potato from frozen in the microwave (only 7 mins) as per instructions.
  2. Pop on a plate, open up, add a knob of butter, then load in big chunks of ham and Wensleydale cheese.
  3. Serve with dressed rocket leaves and a dollop of your favourite chutney.