Pierce potatoes with a fork, and bake at 375° for 1 hour or until tender. Cool potatoes slightly.
Combine sour cream and cheese in a small bowl; partially mash with a fork.
Heat a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add diced pancetta; cook 2 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute.
Split the potatoes lengthwise, cutting to, but not through, other side. Spoon 2 tablespoons cheese mixture into each potato. Top each serving with 4 teaspoons pancetta mixture and 1 1/2 teaspoons chives.
This recipe tastes delicious, is inexpensive to make, and is relatively quick to prepare. I've made it a couple times, and although I've prepared it according to the directions the first time, the second time I sauted a whole white onion before adding in the pancetta. I thought this addition improved the recipe. Also, since our chives had gone bad, I substituted green onion, which worked well. All in all, a great recipe for a busy weeknight. However, if you are planning to entertain or want something a bit more special, I would recommend the Baked Sweet Potatoes with West African-Style Peanut Sauce.
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