Baked-potato toppers

With almost as much protein as an egg, the spud packs serious nutrition – and it’s dirt cheap. Here are 10 new ways to dress it up, or even make it a main

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1. Herbed Stilton
Crumble blue cheese, such as Stilton, into a split baked potato. Top with sautéed mushrooms and fresh or dried rosemary or sage.

2. Curried dinner
Scoop half the flesh of a baked potato into a bowl. Mix in a generous amount of sour cream and a few pinches of curry powder. Stir in tuna or chopped cooked chicken and, if you have them, hot cooked peas.

3. BBQ steak
Moisten strips of cooked steak or hamburger with barbecue sauce and a dash of Worcestershire. Turn into a split baked potato, then pile on the sautéed sliced onions.

4. Light and zesty
Dollop yogourt or tzatziki into a split baked potato. Add grated lemon or orange peel and chopped fresh dill or mint.

5. Tuscan tomato
Scoop half the flesh of a baked potato into a bowl and mix in slivers of oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, grated Romano cheese and shredded fresh basil.

6. Roast replay
Blend a little Dijon or horseradish into sour cream. Dollop into a split baked potato. Add strips of leftover roast beef and chopped red onion.

7. Tex-Mex chili
Heat pasta sauce with chili powder and dashes of Tabasco. Crumble in leftover cooked burger or sliced beef. Spoon onto a split baked potato. Top with sour cream, chopped avocado and sliced green onion.

8. Peppery brie
Layer slices of Camembert or brie in a split baked potato, or crumble in goat cheese. Dab with hot red-pepper jelly, then coarsely grind black pepper over top.

9. Middle Eastern
Spoon roasted-pepper hummus into a split baked potato. Finish with chopped red onion, olive slices and cilantro.

10. Creamy pesto
Dollop sour cream or mascarpone into a baked potato, then add a generous spoonful of pesto.