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Twice Baked Potato Bites

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Twice baked potato bites are a fun spin on an old classic.  They make a delicious appetizer and are sure to impress your friends!

A few of my other favorite appetizers to make when I’m hosting a party are these Ham & Cream Cheese Roll Ups, Frank’s Buffalo Chicken Dip and Grape Jelly Cocktail Meatballs.

Twice Baked Potato Bites on a serving tray

I love to entertain!  Hosting friends and families is one of my favorite things to do.  What’s even more fun is coming up with a delicious appetizer for everyone to enjoy.  One of my favorite things to order when we go out to dinner is a twice baked potato.  I dream about that delicious filling all day leading up to when we go out.

So I figured, why not make a delicious bite-sized version and serve them as an appetizer.  They’re really easy to make and I guarantee they’ll be a hit.  I promise, these twice baked potato bites are exactly what your next party needs!

a handful of small baby red potoates

How To Make Baked Potato Bites

The Right Potatoes – For this recipe, you’ll want to use baby red potatoes (sometimes called red creamer potatoes) instead of regular red potatoes.  You’ll want to make sure their small and bite-sized!  Look for potatoes that are about 1½” in diameter.  If they’re any bigger than this and they’re not so bite-sized.  But if the potatoes are any smaller they’ll be hard to scoop out.

Bake Them – After washing and drying the potatoes, give each one a couple of pokes with a fork.  Toss them in a little bit of olive oil and the bake them for about 30 minutes.

a small potato with the inside scooped out using a melon baller

Prep Potatoes – Slice off the top of each potato and then scoop out most of the inside and place it in a bowl.  I use the smaller end of my melon baller to scoop the flesh out of the potatoes.  It’s just the right size and makes quick work of it!

a hallowed out baby red potato

Tip – Leave about 25% of the potato inside the shell of the skin so the potato can still hold its shape.

The Filling – Mix together the insides of the potatoes with the other ingredients until the mixture is smooth.  Next, add in the sliced green onion and then give it a good stir by hand.

Twice Baked Potato filling in a plastic bag

Fill Them – Fill each potato bite with some of the delicious mixture.  I think it’s easiest to fill the potato shells by scooping the prepared mashed potatoes into a quart-size zip top bag, snipping the corner, and squeezing it out.  Plus it looks pretty!

Twice Baked Potato Bites on a tray before going into the oven

Heat Some More – Sprinkle a little cheese on each one and then place the baked potato bites back in the oven for another 10 minutes until they’re heated throughout.

Final Touches & Serve – Place a little slice of bacon on top of each one and then serve!

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Twice Baked Potato Bites on a serving tray
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Twice Baked Potato Bites Recipe

Twice Baked Potato Bites are a fun spin on an old classic.  
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword party
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 16 Potatoes
Calories 96 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb red potatoes about 14-16 potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp butter cut into 4 pieces
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1 oz cream cheese
  • 2 pieces bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 2 pieces bacon cooked and broken into 14 pieces (or as many pieces as you have potatoes)
  • 4 Tbsp Cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • ½ tsp seasoned salt
  • 1 green onion sliced (use the green part)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Gently scrub the potatoes and dry them.  Prick each potato two or three times with a fork (to let steam escape as they cook).
  3. Toss the potatoes in oil and place on a baking sheet.  Bake for 30 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork.  Cool slightly.
  4. Reduce oven to 350°.
  5. Add the butter, sour cream, cream cheese, crumbled bacon, 2 Tbsp shredded cheese, milk and seasoned salt to a mixing bowl.
  6. Using a sharp pairing knife, slice the top off of each potato and using a melon baller or small spoon, scoop out most of the potato and add it to the mixing bowl.  Leave about ¼" of potato inside the skin to form a shell.  This will keep the form of the potato.
    Twice Baked Potato Bites | Appetizer | Recipe
  7. Using an electric hand mixer or potato masher, combine all ingredients in the mixing bowl.  When the mixture is smooth, stir in the sliced green onions.
  8. Turn down the top of a quart-sized zip top plastic bag, and fill with the mashed potatoes.  Snip one of the corners and squeeze the mashed potatoes into the scooped out shells.
    Twice Baked Potato Bites | Appetizer | Recipe
  9. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 Tbsp cheese and place in oven for 10 minutes to warm the potatoes throughout.
  10. Place a bacon piece on each Twice Baked Potato Bite and serve!
    Twice Baked Potato Bites on a serving tray

Recipe Notes

I always use whole milk and full fat cream cheese & sour cream.  This recipe has not been tested with reduced fat products, but they should work fine.

Nutrition Facts
Twice Baked Potato Bites Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 Potato Bite)
Calories 96 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 158mg7%
Potassium 148mg4%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 122IU2%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

a baking sheet filled Twice Baked Potato Bites

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