These fantastic bite sized Loaded Baked Potato Bites are the perfect football food or holiday appetizer. I have a great addoration for these tiny little yukon gold potaotes anyway, this just gives me one more great excuse to cook with them.
These are about as simple as it gets to make. You start by steaming your baby potatoes in the instant pot, then letting them cool, give them a squish, top with cheese and toast them up. Top them with some sour cream and bacon and they are ready to become poppable.
Assembling your Potato Bites
So I apply the same rules of thumb to these that I would to a regular baked potato. Once steamed I toss them in a little bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Then slice them open on top and use your thumb and forefinger to give them a gentle squeeze until they open and the interior fluffs out.
Now here is where it gets really good! I finely grate some of the best white cheddar cheese that I can get my hands on and FILL the openings with it. Then toss them under the broiler or in the toaster oven to let the cheese melt and give a gentle crisp to the potato.
I also cook my bacon on the toaster oven while the potatoes steam but feel free to use some bacon bits if that makes life a lot easier for you. Just throw it on top of the cheese when you melt it to warm it and crisp it a little.
Then top each potato with a tiny dollop of sour cream and some bacon shards. Finish them off with a dusting of chives or green onions. These just really round out all the flavors and gives them a little fresh crunch.
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MY FAVORITE KITCHEN TOOLS!
Here are a few links to some of my favorite kitchen tools! You get a car, YOu get a car, YOU ALL GET A CAR…in my best Oprah voice
These Rösle Silicone Tongs are a little pricey but they will last you the rest of your life and are the softest in your hand. This is important for someone like m that cooks so much. It reduces strain, I have 4 sets in my kitchen!
These are my FAV Nordic Ware Sheet Pans, every kitchen should have at least 2 sets of these! I think I have at least 4 of each of these.
This is my favorite pressure cooker, the Fagor is the same concept as the “Instant Pot” but easier to use in my opinion, if you don’t have one you NEED one, it will be your best friend in the kitchen!
A sharp knife is the most important tool in the kitchen, these Japanese steel “Shun” knives are my favorite! And this is a great starter set to build on. Once you try them you will be in love so use this as a foundation you can build on for years to come.
This Scanpan 11″ skillet is just the right size for almost anything you will need to cook and my best friend and a real workhorse in my kitchen, it’s also a great deal at $99. Scanpan is the best in the world for healthy cooking. It is coated with a proprietary ceramic titanium coating that is durable while allowing you to use fewer fats and oils when cooking. It is a coating only they use. I could talk all day about my love for these pans, message me if you want more info. Here are some other sizes that are available if you are looking to outfit your kitchen with some new goodies. 8″ & 10″ Skillet setor 8″ Skillet, I still need this one for my kitchen Also, I don’t really know how to cook small so the 12.5″ is my other fave!
This Tovolo jar scraper has to be my single favorite kitchen tool, it is definitely the most used tool in my kitchen. If you are NOT a gadget person, this is the only necessity I say is a MUST beyond the wooden spoon.
A great wood spoon is essential, this Olive Wood one is my favorite, I have more than I can count. But can you really ever have too many?
A food scale can be a very important tool in your kitchen, this one is the one I use every day!
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Check out this great product for your mason jar, the Ergo Spout lets you turn any jar into a pourable pitcher. Get yours here! I love making my homemade salad dressing and keeping them this way in the refrigerator.