Fries, potato chips, hash-browns, baked potatoes and mashed potatoes...the list goes on! There's almost nothing the humble potato can't do.
So, it makes sense that someone thought to create International Potato Day, celebrated on August 19.
Potatoes were first cultivated by man in Southern Peru and the Northwest regions of Bolivia sometime between 5000 and 8000 BC. From that point forward, it has spread all over the globe to become one of the primary staple crops of many cultures.
The versatile potato is a great source of Vitamin C, Potassium (more than a banana!), Vitamin B6 and Manganese, and rich in compounds like flavonoids, carotenoids and phenolic acids.
These compounds act as antioxidants in the body by neutralising potentially harmful molecules known as free radicals.
In the spirit of International Potato Day (the best day of the year in our opinion), we teamed up with Healthy Luxe to create these mouthwatering Jacket Potatoes, stuffed with our Tender Jack Smokey BBQ.
They're the perfect hearty meal for cold winter nights – best enjoyed huddled around the fire.
If you give this recipe a go, remember to tag us on Instagram (@amazoniaco) – we love seeing your creations!
Jackfruit Jacket Potatoes
Lunch & Dinner, Tender Jack
1 pack Amazonia Tender Jack Smokey BBQ
6 medium potatoes
2-3 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic
4 rosemary sprigs
3 shallots, chopped lengthways
400g tinned 3 bean mix
1 tsp chilli flakes (add to taste)
1/2 tsp smoked paprika (add to taste)
Vegan cheese (for topping)
1 lime, sliced (for topping)
Preheat oven to 200C
Scrub and rinse potatoes, pierce and coat in 1-2 tbsp olive oil
Arrange potatoes on a baking tray with garlic and rosemary
Bake for 1.5 hours (baking time will change slightly depending on the size of the potatoes)
About 15 minutes before potatoes are cooked, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a heavy based pan
Sauté shallots for 5 minutes. Add jackfruit, gently heat and use tongs to pull jackfruit apart
After 3-5 minutes, add drained and rinsed beans, chilli and paprika
Stir over low heat for 10 - 15 mins
Fill potatoes with jackfruit/bean mix and serve with your choice of garnish, such as salad greens, sprouts, vegan cheese, additional chilli, yoghurt and/or lime