An Easy Potato Appetizer: Baked Potato Bites

Hi There Potato Lover! This is the last recipe in my March Canapé Madness series. Today’s recipe is for an easy potato appetizer that is also a healthy recipe. It’s for Loaded Baked Potato Bites with Asparagus. Read on for the explanation of how loaded baked potatoes can possibly be healthy, and for the recipe too of course!

Baked Potato Bites: A healthy appetizer recipe and an easy appetizer recipe too!

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The Hubs and I are going on a romantic getaway to San Fran this weekend.

So excited!

Understatement!

If you have any restaurant recommendations for us, I’d love to hear them. Also, places we *must* go visit. Oh, and if you know about any good wine tours that leave from the city *please* spill the beans.

What with the upcoming trip, I haven’t had much time. But I wanted to give you one final Canapé for my March Canapé Madness series.

The idea behind this easy appetizer recipe, as with all the appetizer recipes in this series, is to be healthy. Here we have Baked Potato Bites with Asparagus (sour cream and bacon included!).

Baked Potato Bites: A healthy appetizer recipe and an easy appetizer recipe too!

How on earth are those healthy?

The thing is, there’s not as much potato, bacon or sour cream in these potato appetizers as there is in an actual loaded baked potato. You can have two or three of these tasty baked potato bites and not do anywhere near the damage that a full-on baked potato would do.

Of course, obviously, you know this already, it goes without saying, we all know this already: It comes down to portion control. I don’t have any kind of control over anything so I’m not great with this. But the key here is to not make too many in the first place. If you’re serving 4 people including yourself for appetizers, make enough for two each (doing two each of another one of these canapés alongside of them would be fine too).

If there are eight canapés sitting in front of four people, everyone knows they’re just supposed to have two. And most people, including control-less me, will not break that taboo.

You can have your baked potato appetizer and eat it too.

No self-control required!

 

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Baked Potato Bites


  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Description

These look just like mini baked potatoes and taste as good as a loaded baked potato too. The addition of asparagus gives them nice color and a bit of veg, making them a tiny bit better for you. I serve these at room temperature so that the sour cream doesn’t melt and puddle around the potatoes. But if you want to serve them warm, you can. I would probably sprinkle with a bit of cheese instead of sour cream in that case.


Ingredients

  • 9 small yellow potatoes
  • 2 tsp olive oil, divided
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 slice of bacon
  • 6 spears of asparagus, trimmed of tough ends
  • 4 and 1/2 tsp sour cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450ºF.
  2. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise (so the cut surface is oblong-ish rather than circle-ish). Put them in a 9″x11″ cake pan (if your pan is prone to sticking, add some foil or parchment paper first). Toss the potatoes with 1 teaspoon of the olive oil, 1/4 tsp coarse salt and 1/8 tsp coarse black pepper. Scoot the potatoes to one side of the pan and arrange them cut side up. Lay the slice of bacon along the other side of the pan. Put the pan into the preheated oven.
  3. Roast until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes. Do check on them sooner, especially having a peek at your bacon. It will be done before the potatoes if it’s on the thin side. When the bacon looks crispy, remove it from the pan and transfer it to some kitchen towel to blot and cool. When the potatoes are done, remove the pan from the oven and allow them to cool as well.
  4. Meanwhile, toss the asparagus with the remaining 1 teaspoon of oil, a good pinch of salt and a grind of pepper. Put the spears on a baking sheet and pop it into the oven. Cook until bright green and only just yielding to the pressure of a fork (4 minutes for this asparagus, 7 for really thick ones). Remove from the oven and transfer them to a plate to cool. Cut each asparagus spear into three equal lengths.
  5. Chop up the bacon.
  6. Arrange the potato halves on a serving plate, cut side up. If any are particularly tipsy, cut a thin slice off of the rounded bottom, making it flat so that the potato can sit with some dignity. Top each half with 1/4 teaspoon of sour cream, a little sprinkle of bacon and one length of asparagus. Give everything a small grind of pepper.

Who wants more easy healthy canape ideas?

Here are some really simple Raspberry, Balsamic Vinegar and Basil Canapes:

Raspberry Canapés with Basil and Balsamic Vinegar. A fun and easy appetizer recipe for spring by www.cookthestory.com

And here are some really fun, light and fresh Asian Salad Canapes:

Asian Salad on Crispy Wontons, one of the healthy appetizer recipes on Cook the Story for March Canapé Madness from www.cookthestory.com

And finally, this is one of my favorite recipes, Apricot Canapes with Goats Cheese, Almonds and Rosemary:Apricots with Goat Cheese, Almonds and Rosemary. Canapés make for such simple and healthy appetizer recipes. Celebrate them with us all through March!

 

18 responses to “An Easy Potato Appetizer: Baked Potato Bites”

  1. Lyss says:

    Love love love the recipe! Unfortunately, the amount of ads is ridiculous. Won’t be back until I have an ad-blocker!

    • Christine Pittman says:

      Lyss, Thanks for your feedback. I took it seriously and had my ad network remove some of the ads. I hope that helps. Glad you liked the recipe!!

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  6. Veronica says:

    Oh my god! These little baked potato bites are too cute. What an adorable and easy potato appetizer idea. I love it!

    • Christine Pittman says:

      Veronica, I’m so happy you like the baked potato bites. Such an easy appetizer idea for sure! They were as fun to make as they were to eat.

  7. Katerina says:

    Have a great time there! The little potato treats are fabulous!

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  9. joan says:

    A perfect bite. Yum!
    Walk the Golden Gate Bridge. Alcatraz tour. Hang out in Golden Gate Park. Pier 39 is fun! San Francisco is a great city. Love it.

  10. Raquel says:

    LOVE San Fran! Was actually in Napa for work last week and was bummed I didn’t get to spend anytime there! My favorites though is the shrimp chowder in a bread bowl from Boudin Bakery & then a famous Irish Coffee from The Buena Vista. Have a great trip!!!

  11. I could drown myself in these treats. Have a great weekend! French Laundry? Oh! Did you have a chance to watch that episode of ‘The Layover’ LOTS of great ideas there C:

    • Christine Pittman says:

      Totally forgot about it. Things have been crazy. Will try to watch it tonight. Thanks for the reminder!

  12. Paula says:

    Love these. Great idea for appetizers. Enjoy your weekend away in SF!!

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