Loaded Potato Bites

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The potato. This starchy veggie can be made a million different ways and is readily consumed worldwide. We all have our favorites, be it mashed, baked or fried. Here’s a fun way to serve up starch at your cook out or pot luck. Not only are they adorable, delicious and easy to eat, they’ll easily fit on a crowded plate of food! Trust me, your guests will marvel at their size and follow by saying, “Mmm, these are great!”

Ingredients:Loaded Potato Bites

  • 1 lbs small red potatoes
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup scallions, finely chopped
  • 5 strips of thick sliced bacon
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350. Place cooling rack over a baking sheet. Place bacon on cooling rack and into the oven for 10-15 minutes, until the bacon becomes crisp. Remove from the oven and allow the bacon to cool. Finely chop bacon to the consistency of bacon bits.

Place the potatoes in a large pot, cover with water. Cover pot and bring water to a boil. Uncover and cook for about 20 minutes, just until the potatoes start to become fork tender. Drain and place them back into the hot pot to rest for about 15 minutes.

Remove the potatoes from the pot and place them on a baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over the potatoes, making sure they are evenly coated. Space the potatoes evenly on the sheet pan. Using the palm of your hand, lightly smash each potato. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then drizzle an additional coating of olive oil over the exposed flesh of the potatoes. Place them in the oven and roast for 30 to 45 minutes, until the bottoms become a little crispy. Remove from the oven and allow to rest. Transfer to your serving dish and top each with sour cream, cheese, scallions and crumbled bacon.

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