We haven’t had an Appetizer Friday for a while, so before Christmas I brought it back and tried out several appetizers for dinner. Bacon wrapped potato bites stood out head and shoulders above the rest, so much so that I made more to take to a friends house.
When something’s wrapped in bacon, it’s hard to go wrong, but pre-cooking and seasoning the potatoes beforehand gives them so much flavor and the texture is perfect. You can either cut up new potatoes or use those little baby potatoes, I tried it both ways and couldn’t tell a difference. Just keep them small and bite size. These will be hit at any party or tail gate, and great for a New Year’s Eve party.
What type of bacon is best for bacon wrapped potato bites
I used peppery bacon which is a favorite at our house, but apple-wood smoked bacon is also amazing. My favorite bacon is from Fresh Market.
How do you make potatoes wrapped in bacon
Step 1: First boil the potatoes and then mix with olive oil and seasonings.
Step 2: Cut the bacon in thirds and wrap each potato and secure with a toothpick. Back for 15 minutes.
Step 3: Mix some sriracha with sour cream or dipping.
These take a bit of time, as you have to wrap each of the potato pieces, but it’s not difficult and you can cook the potatoes, wrap them and put them in the fridge for a day or two before baking them.
You would think bacon bites would be greasy but I baked them on a rack inside a rimmed baking sheet so the bacon grease collected below the potatoes. I also placed them on paper towels before serving just to remove any excess grease, but there wasn’t much. I did set off my EXTREMELY sensitive fire detector, but that happens to me on a regular basis. The saying at our house is that no meal is complete unless the fire detector goes off.
These just melt in your mouth, but you’ll need to let them cool a bit before eating. As if they weren’t good enough alone, adding a dipping sauce of sour cream mixed with sriracha puts these at the top of my list. They are equally good at room temperature, if they stay around that long.
Looking for more amazing appetizers
- If you’re in the mood for chips and dips, try a creamy queso dip
- Buffalo chicken wings are always a hit at our house
- Roasted nuts with sage can be made ahead of time
- If it’s tomato season, go with a tomato tart with a flaky crust
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Adapted from The Kitchn Cookbook
Bacon Wrapped Potato Bites
- 1 lb small red potatoes chopped into 3/4 inch pieces
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons fresh rosemary chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 12 pieces pepper bacon
- 1 cup sour cream
- 3 teaspoons sriracha
- Place cut potatoes in a pot of salted water and bring to a boil. Boil for about 3 minutes, until they are still slightly firm. Drain and place in a large bowl. Add rosemary, olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
- Cut bacon strips into thirds and wrap each potato with bacon, securing with a toothpick. (you can refrigerate at this point until later)
- Preheat oven to 400º. Cover a rimmed baking pan with foil. Place a rack inside the baking sheet. Place bacon wrapped potatoes on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Take out of oven and turn each piece. Bake for an additional 15 minutes until bacon is crispy.
- Bacon will smoke slightly when you open the oven door.
- Combine sriracha with sour cream to use for dipping. Let potatoes cool for 10 minutes before serving.