Recipe: Spuds on the move

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Recipe by potatoes.co.nz, a not-for-profit organization


Difficulty: Easy

Ready In: 60 Minutes

Serves: 4


  • 1kg small roasting potatoes, washed
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon, sliced into thick slices
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 2-3 sprigs of thyme
  • Pinch salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Bake potatoes in the oven or microwave

  • While potatoes are still warm, slice off the top third of the potatoes length ways. Then using a teaspoon carefully scoop potato flesh from both parts into a small bowl. Keep one or two tops unscooped if making cars and trains that need extra shape.
  • Mix in grated cheese and relish, then spoon the potato flesh back into the larger potato shell.
  • Mould and decorate the potato into the shape desired e.g. a boat, car or train, as below.


  • Boat: use half a slice of ham or salami fixed with a cocktail stick, topped with a piece of capsicum for a sail.
  • Train: use a piece of salami stick for the funnel of the train with wheels made from courgette slices, fixed with a stick of cheese using toothpicks. Slice a piece of the top of the baked potato to be the part of the engine.
  • Car: use tomato halves or olives for the wheels. Slice a piece of the top of the baked potato to be the top of the car.

Oven Baked potatoes

  • Preheat oven to 220°C. Prick each potato several times with a fork.
  • Rub potatoes with a little oil and place on a baking tray in the middle of the oven. Bake in preheated oven for 45-60 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
  • Test with the point of a knife. Remove potatoes from the oven and follow instructions as above.

Microwaved Baked potatoes

  • Prick potatoes with a fork to pierce the skin. Place in microwave, and cook on high power for about 4-5 minutes for each potato; two potatoes will take 8-10 minutes. The time depends on the power of the microwave and the size of the potatoes. Carefully remove potatoes from the microwave and follow instructions as above.

Nutrition Information Panel

                                                         Per Serving [ 4 Serves]
Total fat
– saturated fat
– sugars

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