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Fussy eater on your hands this Christmas? Get creative and add a little festive cheer to your dinnertimes with this baked potato recipe, which adds extra flavour with cream cheese, carrots, peas and a sprinkle of Parmesan


  • 1 large baking potato
  • 1 small baking potato
  • 180g butternut squash, peeled
  • 1-2tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 baby carrots
  • Frozen peas
  • A slice of red pepper
  • A little cream cheese


  1. Prick the potatoes with a fork. Cook the them in the microwave for 10-12 minutes on full power or in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6 until cooked through in the middle.
  2. Slice the base off both potatoes. Scoop out some of the cooked potato, making sure you leave a 1.5cm border.
  3. Slice the butternut squash into small cubes. Cook in boiling water for 8-10 minutes until soft. Mix half of the squash with the scooped out potato flesh and mash together. Season to taste and add the Parmesan cheese.
  4. Stuff both of the potatoes with the squash mixture.
  5. Put the large potato onto a plate and put the small potato on top to make the snowman’s head.
  6. Attach a small baby carrot for the nose and for the hat, attach peas for the eyes and for the buttons (you could use a dab of cream cheese as glue) and cut a smiley shaped mouth from a strip of red pepper.

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