The baked shell gets stuffed with a savory mashed potato mixture that includes cream cheese and chives. Before serving, reheat. Whether you go fresh or frozen, make sure to squeeze out as much water as possible for the crispiest results. Because it has no dairy, it works great for a portable side, but it's great for dinner at home too. And when you dress up the humble spuds with bacon, chives, and other garnishes, they become something really special. This is my husband's favorite dish, and he considers it a special occasion every time I make it. (The difference between these two similar dishes: Potatoes au gratin gets baked with cheese or bread crumbs for a golden finish, while scalloped potatoes leave out the cheese.) Vegetarians will love them as a main course served with sour cream, applesauce, or a savory sauce of your choice. Potato chips can be a snack on their own, a side dish that accompanies burgers or sandwiches, or a way for restaurants to trick you into paying … Happy Hanukkah! And it doesn't get more classic than French fries; the generally accepted technique is pretty, dare I say, airtight, at this point, but I do have one extra trick in store! For the second group, this recipe uses several kinds of cream, plus cheese for a versatile side dish that comes out rich and hearty—it's the perfect comfort food.