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What makes your twice baked potatoes extra fabulous?

I was making twice baked potatoes to go along with my roast chicken for dinner and I started wondering what your favourite additions are. I do them differently every time depending on what's in the house. Sometimes I add bacon or ham or bits of exotic cheese or an egg to make them puff up. Usually mine have to include s and p, cheese, chives, butter, milk, green onions.
What do you do?

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  1. I use hot milk, butter, crunchy brown bacon, sour cream, s&p and chopped scallions. The kicker is beating an egg into the mixture, and having your oven quite hot for the final baking. The potatoes will souffle up on you. Topping with very sharp shredded cheddar or parm. is a great touch too.

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    1. re: mamachef

      "...soufflé up on you..." how fun! But about how many eggs to how much potato?

      1. re: blue room

        4:1 works really well for this. Enjoy. Such a nice texture. Wait: the way your question is phrased I better answer 1:4. : )

      2. re: mamachef

        I'm glad I'm not the only person who adds eggs, particularly since it's you mamachef. I have failed to convince my friends that this is the way to go, but I think I need to actually feed it to them instead of just talking it up. Seeing is believing!

      3. Chopped sauteed onions, mushrooms, jalapeños, jack and cheddar cheese, sour cream, the aforementioned egg; or chopped blanched broccoli and sauteed mushrooms, plenty of butter, cheddar and sour cream.

        1. The aforementioned butter, sour cream, scallions, bacon and a little milk. What makes mine fabulous is a bit of green chile (Sandia, not jalapeno).

          1. Crispy pancetta, fried shallots or caramelized onions and fried mustard seeds. Lots of good cheddar and chives. Some melted butter and sour cream. Sometimes we do this with sweet potatoes.

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            1. re: chefathome

              yum! I'll have to try this. It's a very sophisticated version of the pub food I love.

              1. re: dianne0712

                Man, I love pub food - especially traditional British.

            2. I like to add chopped parsely, dill, and the zest and juice of a lemon. Salt, pepper, and margarine.

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              1. re: cheesecake17

                lemon! I love lemon! Another one to try. I wonder if it will get by the kiddies....

                1. re: dianne0712

                  If its any help, my 1yo likes the filing