Annabel Karmel's Rudolph potato recipe

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Annabel Karmel's Rudolph The Red-Nosed Baked potato is perfect for kids' Christmas dinners and contains butternut squash for extra goodness, incase they won't eat their sprouts

  • healthy
Preparation Time20 mins
Cooking Time1 hours 15 mins
Total Time1 hours 35 mins
Cost RangeSplashing

These cute jacket potatoes are perfect for kids' dinners and contain hidden veg like butterbut squash for extra goodness.


For the

jacket potatoes:

  • 4 medium baking potatoes
  • Vegetable oil
  • 300g or ½ medium butternut squash
  • 40g (1½oz) butter
  • 40g (1½oz) fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1tsp Dijon mustard (optional, not suitable for babies)
  • 2tbsp milk
  • 40g (1½oz) grated cheddar cheese




  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Twirly crisps
  • Peas for eyes
  • Salt and pepper (optional, not suitable for babies under 1)




  1. Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF/gas mark 5. Prick the potatoes in several places, place on a baking tray and brush all over with the oil. Bake for 75 mins 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 mins or until tender.
  3. When they are 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, Parmesan, mustard, milk and butter. Season with a little salt and pepper.
  4. Put the mixture back into the potato shells, cover with the grated Cheddar and cook under a preheated grill until golden.
  5. Add twirly crisps for antlers, peas for eyes and a cherry tomato for the nose.
Top Tip for making Annabel Karmel's Rudolph potato

For a quick jacket potato, microwave on high for five minutes, then bake for about 20 mins at 225°C until the skin is crispy.

Annabel Karmel

Annabel Karmel MBE is a chef and author of over 40 cookbooks based on nutrition, and cooking for babies, children and families. With her career spanning over 25 years she has pioneered the way families feed their babies and children all the world over.