Late last year I finally got my hands on the Bannisters Farm Potato Skins. While potato skins are easily made, a frozen option that is gluten free is really handy for those of us short on time or sick. I absolutely love potato skins and have a curried sweet potato recipe if anyone is curious.
Bannisters Farm is a UK based company that became well known during the 70’s for their potatoes. With a large range of products and a speciality for jacket potatoes, it was natural that potato skins came next. Now they have extended their reach to Australia, bringing three different potato skins to our shores.
The three flavours available are: Cheese and Onion, Cheese and Jalapeno and Cheese and Baked Beans. They are available exclusively at Woolworths in the freezer aisle. Check near the chips and hash browns or near the frozen protein area; I have found them in both. You can also buy them online. The packs will cost you $4 each and contain 4 potatoes. As well as being gluten free all three flavours are also vegetarian friendly.
All three potato skins have options for oven baking and microwaving. I used both options and I feel that the oven produces a molten cheese that is gooey with a crispier skin. While the microwave cooks them through well, but without the crispy skin and they can be a bit on the soft side. Naturally we should talk about flavour next.
Cheese & Onion
The cheese and onion potato skins combine English cheddar with caramelised onion. I found this to be the most subtle of the three flavours. It was very much a classic cheesy potato skin. Nothing bad about it but also nothing overly exciting. I’d say it is a great place to start for anyone with picky kids. It has a slight sweetness thanks to the caramelised onions under the sharp cheddar flavour.
Cheese & Jalapeno
The cheese and jalapeno option was definitely my favourite. Whilst similar to the cheese and onion in the light cheesy flavour, it additionally has a slight kick from the jalapeno. I wouldn’t say that these are overly spicy, however, if you chew down on a piece of jalapeno it may be too much for those who aren’t a spice fan. I could keep a pack of these in the freezer for those time restricted nights or to take to a friends so I have something to eat.
Cheese & Baked Beans
The final variety had the most distinct flavour. They also visually looked different from the other two due to their orange colouring. Along with the cheese, these potato skins had a flavour of baked beans. I didn’t find it to be too overpowering and tomato flavoured, just enough to give you the hint. I didn’t think I would enjoy these, however I found them to be very tasty. They could come in handy again for taking over to a friends.
If you head to the UK website there are loads of gluten free options that hopefully we will see in Australia soon. I hope you enjoyed this review and can check out the Bannisters Farm Potato Skins for yourself.
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Until Next Time;
Ashlee; The Aussie Coeliac.