Twice Baked Potatoes

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Twice baked potatoes are a delicacy that has been around for centuries being enjoyed by the "Greats" of the world. Well I'm not sure about that but they sure are delicious and are something that I have been enjoying for the better part of my life. Twice baked potatoes are a misunderstood food. They sound scary hard to make and because they are so tasty they must be, right? It is not so. They are actually quite easy and I have a little trick that a lot of people probably know about, but . . . maybe not.
What You'll Need
1. Baker Potatoes-at least one for each person (I use baker potatoes because they are bigger)
2. Sour Cream
3. Shredded Cheese
4. Bacon- some people use bacon bits. Decide which works best for you.
5. Chives- if you prefer. I do not prefer

First you need to bake the potatoes for about 1 hour @ 350 degrees. (make sure you poke em first)

While the potatoes are baking you can fry your bacon and chop it into little pieces when it's finished. If you are using bacon bits you can skip this step.

Once the potatoes are finished in the oven take them out and get ready to cut. Here's where my tip comes in handy. I cut mine hot dog style. Not hamburger style. So you end up with 2 long skinny halves instead of short stumpy ones. This makes it easier to scoop out the insides, which is what you do next.

With a spoon scoop out the potato from inside the skins, but be careful because you need the skins to stay intact. Place the skins onto a cookie sheet.

Put the insides into a bowl and add sour cream and cheese. There isn't an exact measurement. It's kind of like when you're making mashed potatoes, you just add what looks and tastes right. Mix it all up so that the potatoes are creamy.

Scoop that mixture back into the skins. (There will be excess because you mixed more in.)

Put the potatoes back into the oven for about 15 minutes.

When you remove them, sprinkle cheese, bacon and chives on top and serve!

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