Cheesy Bacon Potato Bites
Looking for a tasty appetizer for your next party? Look no further. These Cheesy Bacon Potato Bites are the answer. A breeze to make, these potato bites are simply delicious, Dipped in Ranch dressing or sour cream, they're the ideal appetizer or side!
Servings 6 Servings
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!
Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 2030mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 385IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 182mg | Iron: 1mg