Looking for a tasty appetizer for your next party? Look no further. These Cheesy Bacon Potato Bites are the answer. These little darlings are simply delicious and a breeze to make. So easy in fact, these Cheesy Potato Bites appetizer could become part of your regular family meals.
You can never go wrong with potatoes and cheese. I mean with cheesy potato appetizers like these, what's not to love?
Cheesy Potatoes with Bacon Bits
Recently I threw Ken a surprise birthday party. And this, Cheesy Bacon Potato Bites Patry Appetizer was a huge sucess with all of Ken's friends. It was super easy to make, and tasted delicious. Everyone raved about how wonderful they were! I had never made them before, but it seemed like everyone liked them. They make an excellent appetizer for any football game or party!
This ingredients list may seem long but after one trip of to the grocery store you will be so glad that you did.
- medium-large Russet potatoes
- kosher salt
- rosemary, optional
- thyme, optional
- egg white or olive oil, optional
- cooking spray
- onions, if desired
- green onions, if desired
- ranch dressing, sour cream or sour cream based dip
See the recipe card for quantities.
How to Make Cheesy Potato Bites
Follow the steps below and you will enjoy these tasty sliced potatoes in the oven with cheese.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pierce potatoes with a fork.
This next step is optional. Whisk an egg white until frothy or use olive oil and brush the outsides of the potatoes. I usually sprinkle kosher salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme on a cutting board and roll the coated potatoes around.
You can just use olive oil or nothing on your potatoes prior to baking. The end result will still be delicious!
Bake potatoes for about 60 minutes, until tender. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of your potatoes.
While potatoes are cooking, get out your frying pan and start to cook your chopped bacon. Once crisp, allow to drain on paper towels.
Leave a few tablespoons of bacon grease inside your skillet and add sliced or diced onions. My husband prefers sliced onions and I like diced because I find the potatoes easier to eat and less messy.
Ultimately it doesn’t matter. Both taste amazing. Cook until tender and allow to drain on paper towels if desired.
Allow cooked potatoes to cool slightly so you can handle them.
Slice potatoes with a sharp knife into ¼ – ½ inch rounds and place on a well greased tinfoil lined baking sheet. I usually add a coat of cooking spray to the tinfoil.
Next add shredded cheese, onions and bacon pieces. Pile cheese and bacon pieces in the middle of the potato. The cheese, as it melts, has a tendency to spread and melt onto your pan if you’re not careful.
My husband places cheese, onions, bacon and a little more cheese to top it off. He feels they hold together better with the extra pinch of cheese on top.
Bake 10-12 minutes.
Broil until cheese browns to your liking.
Remove from oven, allow to cool a few minutes, and serve with ranch dressing or sour cream.
Don't have the correct ingredients on hand? Or want to change something up? Here are some helpful tips for you to change this sliced ptoatoes in the oven with cheese recipe.
- Cheese - use any cheese that your family prefers. Cheddar, Swiss and pepper jack are great with these cheesy potatoes.
- Onions - if you don't want to use onions in your appetizer, then leave them out.
- Bacon - add any seasoning that you enjoy on your bacon, such as pepper or Montreal Steak Seasoning.
- Potatoes - Russet potatoes or Red Potatoes work best.
Want to personalize this Cheesy Potatoes with bacon bits recipe? Here are some of my tried and true tips for changing up this recipe.
- Spicy - add chili pepper flakes or hot sauce.
- Deluxe - add guacamole, crispy onions or even sour cream.
- Kid friendly - kids usually like these with just cheese on the top.
If you love recipes like this, you may also enjoy this crunchy cheesy potatoes recipe.
You don't need many kitchen tools to help you make this recipe, but here is a list of what you need.
- small bowl
- pastry brush
- frying pan
- knife and cutting board
- baking sheet
- aluminum foil
Store leftovers in the fridge for up to one week.
Looking for tips on this cheesy bacon potato bites recipe? Here are some tips to help you in the baking process.
- If you live in high alitude add five minutes to your baking time.
- When you add your cheese, leave a few spaces in between each slice. If you put too much cheese on the top of the potato, there is a chance that it will overflow while cooking.
- Dip in sour cream or ranch dressing.
More Potato Recipes
Do you like potato recipes? Here some recipes you may also like to try
- Buffalo Stuffed Potatoes
- Easy Air Fryer Crispy Roasted Little Mini Baby Potatoes
- Baked Easy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
Do you have questions about Cheesy Potato Bites? Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about sliced potatoes in the oven with cheese.
Cheesy Bacon Potato Bites
Baking the Potato
- 2-3 medium-large russet potatoes, unpeeled
- egg whites or olive oil optional
- 2 tblsp kosher or sea salt optional
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tblsp rosemary optional
- 1 tblsp thyme optional
- 6-8 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
- ½ onion, diced or sliced, if desired
- cooking spray
- 1 cup cheese, shredded to taste
- green onion, thinly sliced optional
- ranch dressing or, sour cream for dipping
Baking the Potato
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pierce potatoes a few times with a fork.
- This next step is optional but is so worth doing. Whisk an egg white until frothy or use olive oil and brush the outsides of all of your the potatoes.
- I usually sprinkle kosher salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme on a cutting board and roll the coated potatoes around or simply sprinkle seasonings all over each potato. The olive oil or egg whites will help the seasonings stick to the potato. You can just use olive oil or nothing on your potatoes prior to baking. The end result will still be delicious!
- Bake potatoes for about 60 minutes, until tender. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of your potatoes.
- While potatoes are cooking chop up your bacon and cook until crisp. Reserve some bacon fat inside your skillet and fry up some onions, either sliced or diced. They taste so good on top of these baked potato slices too.
- Allow potatoes to cool slightly once cooked. They must be cool enough to handle.
- Slice with a sharp knife into ¼ - ½ inch rounds and place on a well greased tinfoil lined baking sheet. I usually just coat with cooking spray.
- Next add the shredded cheese, onion (if using) and bacon pieces. Pile cheese, onion and bacon pieces in the middle of the potato. The cheese, as it melts, has a tendency to spread and will melt all over your pan if you're not careful.
- My husband piles cheese, onions, bacon and a little more cheese to top it off. He feels they hold together better with the extra pinch of cheese on top.
- Bake 10-12 minutes. Broil until cheese browns.
- Remove from oven, allow to cool a few minutes, and serve with ranch dressing or sour cream. If you're in the mood to make an amazing homemade dip check out our printable recipe list of the BEST DIPS EVER. They are all delicious! Enjoy every bite!