Sunday, October 14

Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites with Spicy Sour Cream Dipping Sauce

Okay, so we're not going to win any awards for thinking up new things to wrap bacon around. But hey, these potato bites are easy, delicious, and the perfect appetizer for a crowd. Should you find yourself surrounded by a crowd this weekend or during the upcoming holidays, you'll be prepared. They remind me of Spanish tapas...small pick-me-ups. And I do mean, PICK ME UPS!

Potatoes? Potatoes are perfect and inexpensive when preparing appetizers for a crowd. If you can find tiny new potatoes they would be great,  but chunks work just as well. Just be sure to dice the potatoes small. Smaller than you might think. I find that the smaller chunks actually had a better potato-to-bacon ratio. 

These Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites are dangerously 'poppable'. With the creamy wedge of potato and the crunchy bacon, the sour cream dip is what pushes this appetizer over the edge. Again, mixing hot sauce into the sour cream is what pushes this simple appetizer over the edge. If you swirl the hot sauce into the sour cream instead of fully mixing it in, you'll get a roulette of spicy and cool bites. Hold on to your hats!

Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites with Spicy Sour Cream Dipping Sauce
Makes about three dozen bites
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  • 1 pound small or medium red potatoes
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, optional
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 12 ounces to 1 pound thick-cut bacon
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1-3 teaspoons hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Wash and dry the potatoes. Chop them into 1-inch pieces, keeping the chunks roughly the same size even if they aren't the exact same shape. Put the potatoes in a medium pot, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Season the water with 2 teaspoons of salt. Once the water begins to boil, cook the potatoes for 3 to 4 minutes, until you can stick a fork into them without too much resistance. You want the potatoes to be almost, but not fully, cooked through so they won't fall apart during the next steps. 
  • Drain the potatoes and put them in a large bowl. Add the rosemary, olive oil...optional, I find the bacon gives the potatoes enough oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and a few grinds of pepper, and toss until the potatoes are evenly coated. 
  • Cut the strips of bacon into thirds. Wrap each potato bite in a piece of bacon, securing it with a toothpick. Put the potatoes on a baking sheet lined with my favorite non-stick aluminum foil, spaced an inch or two apart. You may need to cook the potatoes in two batches. 
  • Cook the potatoes for 15 minutes, then flip each piece. Cook for another 15 to 20 minutes, until the bacon is cooked through and as crisp as you like it. 
  • Mix the sour cream and hot sauce in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Pile the potato bites on a plate and serve alongside the dip.

Before you know it the holidays will be here and now is the time to be on the look-out for easy, yet yummy, appetizers. This is one of the P's favorites......try them, they may quickly become one of your family favorites as well!


The Domestic Curator 

"The only time to eat diet food is while you are waiting for the steak to cook!"
~Julia Child