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Easy to Make Loaded Potato Bites

These Easy to Make Loaded Potato Bites are the perfect appetizer for any party! The tasty little oven baked potatoes are topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, and parsley. They are simple to transport and are always a hit at a potluck or holiday gathering.

These easy to make Loaded Potato Bites are the perfect appetizer for any party! The tasty little oven baked potatoes are topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, and parsley. They are simple to transport and are always a hit at a potluck or holiday gathering.

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I just love baking and cooking with potatoes. There are so many creative ways to prepare them. Mini red potatoes are my personal favorite because I really enjoy the flavor and that they are bite sized. 

Favorite Veggie Recipes: Roasted Broccoli and Sweet Potatoes | Instant Pot Loaded Mashed Potatoes | Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts | Hasselback Roasted Butternut Squash with Brie

Overhead shot of loaded potato bites.

I have to admit though, that nothing beats a good old fashioned loaded baked potato! Bacon and cheese on top of a potato is such a delicious combination. However, as much as I enjoy this decadent version of the spud,  I know they are not so friendly to the waist line. So, that is where this Loaded Potato Bite recipe fits in perfectly!  They are a mini version with all of the flavor, so I can have one or two of them. without a lot of guilt or excess calories!

Potatoes with cheese and bacon on a cutting board.

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WHAT DO I NEED TO MAKE LOADED POTATO BITES?

This is such a simple potato appetizer recipe! Seven ingredients are all that you need to make these tasty bite-sized potatoes. 

  • Mini Red Potatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Bacon
  • Sour Cream
  • Dried Parsley

Kitchen Items Needed:

  • Mixing Bowls
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Sharp Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Baking Sheet

Small red potatoes in a white bowl.

HOW TO MAKE LOADED POTATO BITES

STEP 1: HEAT THE OVEN AND COAT THE POTATOES

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the potatoes in a large bowl and toss with olive oil until well coated. Sprinkle the salt over the top of the potatoes.

STEP 2: BAKE THE POTATOES

Spread the potatoes evenly on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until the skin is crispy and the inside of the potato is cooked through.

Small red potatoes coated in olive oil on a baking sheet.

STEP 3: ADD THE CHEESE AND BACON

Remove the potatoes from the oven and allow to cool slightly until the potatoes are cool enough to touch. Cut the ends of each potato, then slice it in half. Place each half flat on the baking sheet. Top the potatoes with the shredded cheese and chopped bacon. 

Baby potatoes cut in half and covered with cheese and bacon on a baking sheet.

STEP 4: BAKE AGAIN AND ENJOY!

Then, return them to the oven and bake for 10 minutes until cheese is melted. Serve topped with a sprinkling of dried parsley and a side of sour cream for dipping or as a topping.

Loaded mini baked potatoes with cheese and bacon fresh and hot out of the oven.

Loaded Potato Variations

I enjoy everything about these loaded potatoes just the way the recipe is written, but there are a number of variations.  Here are a few ideas to try:

  • Cheese – We use cheddar cheese, but you could swap it out for Pepper Jack, Colby, mozzarella, or a combo of different shredded cheeses.
  • Black Olives – Chop or slice some black olives and sprinkle them on the potatoes. They are pretty tasty. 
  • Ranch Dressing – Drizzle some ranch dressing on the cooked potatoes right before serving. Everything tastes better with a little bit of ranch. 
  • Jalapenos – Chop up some jalapenos and sprinkle them on the potatoes to give them a bit of heat. 
  • Salsa – I like to serve my favorite salsa on the side to add a spicy kick!

WHAT SHOULD I SERVE WITH THE LOADED POTATOES?

These mini loaded potato bites are the perfect appetizer recipe for a party. However, they also make a tasty side dish. I like to serve them up on steak night, but they also go great with chicken or pork. I have even had them as a main dish along with a big green salad!

 

Loaded Potato Bites-Overhead View

SO TELL ME…

How often do you make potatoes? What’s your favorite potato topping idea? What will you serve with the potatoes? Are you making the potatoes for a special occasion or a busy weeknight meal?

Thank you so much for stopping by. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Have a great week!

 

Easy to Make Loaded Potato Bites

These Easy to Make Loaded Potato Bites are the perfect appetizer for any party! The tasty little oven baked potatoes are topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, and parsley. They are simple to transport and are always a hit at a potluck or holiday gathering.
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 195kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds mini red potatoes around 20 mini potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 5 strips bacon cooked and finely chopped
  • Sour cream and dried parsley for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Place the potatoes in a large bowl and toss with olive oil until well coated. Sprinkle the salt over the top of the potatoes.
  • Spread the potatoes evenly on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until the skin is crispy and the inside of the potato is cooked through.
  • Remove the potatoes from the oven and allow to cool slightly, until the potatoes are cool enough to touch. Cut the ends of each potato, then slice it in half. Place each half flat on the baking sheet.
  • Top the potatoes with the shredded cheese and bacon bits and return them to the oven. Bake for 10 minutes, until cheese is melted.
  • Serve topped with a sprinkling of dried parsley and sour cream for dipping or topping.

Nutrition

Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 505mg | Potassium: 557mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 149IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 1mg
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