Loaded twice baked potatoes are an amazing appetizer and even dinner. (Yes, now we have made "stand-alone" twice baked potatoes for dinner!!!) Usually, twice baked potatoes are made with a "regular size" baking potato, however we determined, "why not try the walnut sized potatoes???". AKA, the proper dimension for an appetizer.

After making an attempt these twice baked potato bites you may by no means need these massive potatoes once more or, so far as that goes, an everyday baked potato once more! These bites are loaded with cheese, bacon and Ranch seasoning. It's a brilliant straightforward appetizer or facet dish for dinner. So easy to make!!!!!!

Small Loaded Twice Baked Potato

The small potatoes cook dinner quicker than a big baking potato, so it is simple to make most of it forward of time and simply do some fast steps proper earlier than you are able to eat. One fast trick: Make a considerable amount of potatoes then once you need them through the week it takes just some minutes to make.

Next Game Day!!!

Yes, we're making these for our subsequent sport day. Now, for us, that may very well be each weekend since we love so many sports activities. We often solely do sport day appetizers for Football and generally throughout Stanley Cup playoffs. Best half, as I discussed, we are able to make them a day or two forward and simply end the ultimate steps up a couple of minutes previous to the sport.

Making Loaded Twice Baked Potato Bites

First steps are to clean the potatoes, dry them with a paper towel, then toss them with some olive oil to coat, and sprinkle with chunky (or coarse, we name it chunky 😃) sea salt. Put them within the air fryer or oven. Bake till achieved, roughly 20 minutes within the air fryer and half-hour within the oven. The potatoes are achieved when a fork might be simply inserted.

For the bacon, place in the air fryer basket and air fry for about quarter-hour or till achieved. To make the bacon within the oven, place the bacon on a foil lined baking sheet and bake at 375 levels for about 20 minutes (the foil is just there to assist make clear up a breeze...What can I say, we're lazy.).

Cut the cooked bacon into small chunks. You can go away the bacon out if you wish to trim some energy, however we extremely suggest the little splurge as a result of the loaded twice baked potato bites are soooooo good with the bacon!

Tip for Making the Bacon

NOTE: The bacon seems nice each methods (oven or air fryer). I truly desire making the bacon within the oven solely as a result of I could make extra bacon at one time. The clear up of the bacon within the oven is far simpler so long as the foil is up alongside the perimeters of the cooking sheet. Just let the bacon grease cool after which simply wrap it up and toss the foil with the grease.

Let the potatoes cool for quarter-hour or so. You need the potatoes cool sufficient so you possibly can maintain the potato in your arms. Cut the potatoes in half. Take a spoon and scoop out the "meat" of the potatoes. Leave a small layer of the potatoes connected to the potato pores and skin.

NOTE: When making the loaded twice baked potato bites for a future time ensure that to put them in an air tight container.

If making them now, place the potato skins again within the air fryer for 8 minutes till the potato skins are crispy or within the oven for about 10 minutes at 375 levels.

Mix collectively the scooped out potato, cheese, ranch seasoning, onion, milk and salt. (the onion is elective). Using a hand mixer or a potato masher combine all substances collectively. This takes about 3 to five minutes. NOTE: If making the Loaded Twice Baked Potato Bites for an additional time. Place the combination in an air tight container and maintain within the fridge.

Final Steps for loaded twice baked potato

After the potato skins are crispy, utilizing a spoon, fill the potato skins with the potato combination. Place them within the air fryer for five minutes till the filling is heated and the cheese is melting. Place 1 ounce of cheese on prime of the potatoes and place again within the air fryer (or underneath the broiler) for about 2 minutes till the extra cheese is melted.

Top potatoes with the bacon bits and jalapenos and ENJOY!!!! Serve the loaded twice baked potatoes with a ranch dressing or sizzling sauce.

Loaded Twice Baked Potato Bites

Loaded Twice Baked Potato Bites are full of tender potato, cheddar cheese, and ranch seasoning. Perfect for an appetizer or sport day deal with.
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Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese, Loaded potato, Potatoes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 24 bites
Calories: 43kcal
Author: Belly Laugh Living

Ingredients

  • 12 Small Potatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Coarse Salt
  • 1 1/2 Ounces Cheddar Cheese Grated
  • 2 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Ranch Seasoning
  • 1 Medium Onion Chopped
  • 1 Ounce Cheddar Cheese Grated
  • 2 Slices Bacon or use Bacon Bits

Instructions

  • Rinse off potatoes and lower out any unhealthy spots. Dry the potatoes with a paper towel.
    12 Small Potatoes
  • Toss the potatoes with olive oil. Then toss within the coarse salt and coat the potatoes with the salt
    1 Tablespoon Olive Oil, 1 Tablespoon Coarse Salt
  • If Air Frying: Place the potatoes on the air fryer basket and cook dinner at 400 levels for 20 minutes or till the potatoes are achieved.
    If Baking: Place the potatoes on a baking sheet. Put in a pre-heated 375 levels oven for 35 to 40 minutes till the potatoes are achieved.
    12 Small Potatoes, 1 Tablespoon Coarse Salt, 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • The potatoes are achieved when a fork can simply be pushed into the potato.
    12 Small Potatoes
  • Let the potatoes cool for about quarter-hour. If making bacon, cook dinner the bacon whereas the potatoes cool
    12 Small Potatoes, 2 Slices Bacon or use Bacon Bits
  • After the potatoes cool lower them in half.
    12 Small Potatoes
  • With a spoon scoop out the within of the potatoes and place in a mixing bowl. Be certain to depart a small boarder of potato within the pores and skin.
    12 Small Potatoes
  • If Air frying: Place the potato skins on the air fryer basket. Air Fry for 8 minutes at 400 levels. Until the potato skins are crispy.
    If utilizing the Oven: Place the potato skins on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in a 400 diploma oven. Until the potato skins are crispy.
    12 Small Potatoes
  • With a hand mixer. Mix collectively the scooped out potato, cheese, milk, salt and ranch seasoning. After it's combined collectively, stir within the chopped onion. (Onion is elective)
    12 Small Potatoes, 1 1/2 Ounces Cheddar Cheese, 1 Tablespoon Ranch Seasoning, 1 Medium Onion, 1/2 teaspoon Salt, 2 Tablespoons Milk
  • When the potato skins are crispy. Fill them with the potato combination.
    12 Small Potatoes
  • Place the potatoes again into the air fryer or oven.
    Air fry 5 minutes at 400 levels.
    Bake in oven for 8 minutes at 400 levels.
    12 Small Potatoes
  • Sprinkle the extra cheese on the potatoes and place again within the air fryer or oven for two minutes till cheese melts. Can be positioned underneath the broiler however ensure that to control them in order that they don't burn.
    1 Ounce Cheddar Cheese
  • Top with Bacon, Jalapeno and/or inexperienced onion (All are elective)
    2 Slices Bacon or use Bacon Bits
  • Enjoy!!!!

Nutrition

Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 409mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 33IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
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