- Step 1
Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan-forced. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Pat potatoes dry with paper towel. Pierce all over with a fork. Place potatoes on prepared tray. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil. Season well with salt and pepper.
- Step 2
Roast for 1 hour 15 minutes or until golden and tender. Stand potatoes for 5 to 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle.
- Step 3
Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add bacon. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until browned. Drain on paper towel. Cool for 10 minutes.
- Step 4
Using a small knife, cut a cross in the top of each potato. Gently squeeze the base of each potato to open top. Place on plates. Combine sour cream, 1/2 the chives and 1/2 the bacon in a bowl. Divide mixture among potatoes. Top with cheese, remaining chives and bacon. Season with pepper. Serve.
Sour cream and chives are the perfect combination, but why not try adding wholegrain mustard, roasted garlic, dried chilli flakes or toasted cumin and pepitas to the mixture?
Prick potatoes all over with a fork. Microwave on HIGH (100%) for 6 minutes. Transfer to a baking tray. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes or until golden and tender. Sebagos are the best choice for jacket potatoes. You could also use pontiac, kestrel, desiree or, for something unique, try royal blue.