Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The One With the Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites

In preparation for the birthday party last weekend, I went through my pins on Pinterest to see what yummy ideas were just waiting there to be tested. I saw bacon-wrapped potato bites and knew they were birthday-party worthy.

My pin took me here where I found that the recipe is really pretty straight-forward and simple. For the party I used three pounds of bacon and probably eight potatoes (about 3 pounds). Here's what you do:
Preheat oven to 400.
Wash your potatoes and cut them into 1-inch pieces. All your pieces should be roughly the same size. Put them in a pot of cold water and bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Once they have started boiling, watch them carefully and check them often. They are done when you can easily insert a fork into them. Be carefully that they aren't too soft or it will be hard to wrap them. Drain and set aside to cool. 
Prepare the dressing:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbls rosemary
  • Garlic salt 
  • Pepper
Mix the olive oil and rosemary and add the garlic salt and pepper to taste. Toss the potatoes in this dressing to coat them well.

Cut strips of bacon in half. Wrap a half-strip around each potato piece and use a toothpick to secure. Lay your pieces on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes or so. Once they are crisped up on side one, turn them over and bake for another 15 minutes on the other side.

The recipe linked above has a spicy sour cream dipping sauce but I opted for a fry-sauce type with mayo, ketchup and honey dijon mustard. Really this is a basic (but delicious) potato-bacon combo, so you could make any sauce you want. They're even really good all by themselves.

If you are making these for a party and want to prepare ahead of time, you can cook and wrap the potatoes the night before and store them in aluminum foil in the fridge overnight, putting them in the oven a few hours before the party starts. :-)

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