I've been making these for 30 years, in one form or another. For a good skin, rub the potato with oil (any kind), and cover with salt. Do NOT poke holes. Bake in oven at a higher temp (400) until done. This gives the potato a very nice flavorful, hard skin and creates a fluffier inside. I like to mix bacon and green onions in the mix to meld all flavors. And just smash for a chunkier consistency. To the mix, I add about 2 T of horseradish (medium), a few dashes of hot sauce and a little Worchestershire to kick it up. For the topping, I mix shredded cheese with a little Panko or bread crumbs and some melted butter. After baking for the time suggested, broil them for a minute or so to get a nice crust on top (watch them!) Delish!
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I've been making these for 30 years, in one form or another. For a good skin, rub the potato...