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Crispy potato bites garnished with sour cream, bacon and fresh greens.
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Crispy Potato Bites Recipe

These Crispy Potato Bites are a simple appetizer to make for parties, game day or even an after school snack.  They are fully loaded, made with thin slices of oven baked potatoes topped with melted cheese, ranch dressing dip, homemade bacon bits and green onions.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Author: The Carefree Kitchen

Ingredients

  • ½ pound Bacon sliced into ½" slices
  • 2 lbs Russet Potatoes sliced into ⅛" rounds
  • 2 Tablespoons Bacon Grease melted, or cooking oil
  • 1 tsp Garlic Salt
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese room temperature
  • ¼ cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Ranch Dressing Powder Mix
  • 2 large Green Onions sliced thinly

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cut bacon into ½" pieces. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and add the bacon. Saute the bacon bits for 5-8 minutes, or until the bacon is sizzling and crispy. Use a slotted spoon and transfer the bacon bits to a paper towel lined plate to cool. Save the bacon grease.
  • Wash potatoes and cut ⅛" thick slices to make potato rounds. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and lay the sliced potato rounds in a single layer on the baking sheets. Brush potatoes with melted bacon grease (or cooking oil) on both sides, then season with garlic salt.
  • Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for about 45 minutes (flipped halfway through) or until potato rounds are lightly golden brown and cooked through.
  • Remove baking sheets from the oven and add shredded cheddar cheese over the tops of each potato round. Return to the oven and bake again for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Once the cheese has melted, pull the trays from the oven and let them cool.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the room temperature cream cheese, sour cream and ranch seasoning powder. Once the potatoes have cooled for at least 15 minutes, add a small teaspoon of ranch cream to the top of each potato bite, then top with sliced green onions and bacon bits and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Notes

Can I Make Ahead of Time?

These definitely taste best when eaten soon after they are made.  If you find that you are going to have quite a bit leftover, it's best to leave the baked potato rounds ungarnished. 
You can store them in an airtight container in the fridge, along with any leftover toppings, and then reheat them the next day in a 350 degree oven, or even the microwave.  Note: if you use the microwave, they will no longer be crispy.  Delicious, yes!  Crispy, nope.