Generally speaking, my husband and The Goose don’t really like potatoes. It drives me crazy because potatoes are inexpensive, easy to make, and they go well with almost every main dish. Because I’ve been working on getting them to eat more potatoes, I’ve been trying to think of creative ways to serve them.
Then it occurred to me – if I can get them to eat loaded baked potatoes, then I will definitely be able to convince them to eat loaded baked potato bites.
Loaded baked potato bites are a cross between potato skins and loaded baked potatoes. To make loaded baked potato bites, simply slice your potato into rounds, bake them and then top them with cheese and bacon.
Loaded baked potato bites are also a great appetizer. I served them along with taco cups at our family’s Christmas Eve party last year, and the kids were eating them faster than I could make them.
Loaded Baked Potato Bites
2 Large baking potatoes (or 3 medium)
Cooking spray (or olive oil)
Shredded cheddar cheese
Bacon bits (or crumbled bacon)
Sour Cream (Optional)
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
Wash your potatoes, taking care to remove any blemishes or spots.
Slice the potatoes into 1/4 inches slices. (Don’t get the ruler out – but try to keep them all around the same size).
Spray a large (preferably dark) baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. (Or use a pastry brush to spread some olive oil on it.)
Lay the potatoes on the cookie sheet in a single layer. Lightly spray the potatoes with cooking spray (or brush them with oil if that is what you are using) and bake for 15 – 20 minutes. (Until they just start to brown).
Flip the potatoes over, and sprinkle with cheese and bacon. Return the potatoes to the oven and bake for 10 more minutes.
After you remove the potatoes from the oven, sprinkle them with a bit of salt.
I always serve these potatoes with sour cream (because The Goose will eat anything that is covered in bacon and sour cream), and we always eat them up in a flash.