Get ready to embark on a culinary adventure with Loaded Potato Bites – a delightful twist on classic mashed potatoes that transforms leftovers into bite-sized gems of flavor and texture. These crispy, cheesy, and bacon-infused delights are perfect for any gathering or a satisfying snack. Let’s dive into the simple steps to create these Loaded Potato Bites that will have your taste buds dancing with joy.
- 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
- 2 tablespoons of flour
- 2/3 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
- 3 strips bacon
- 1/3 cup scallions, chopped
- 1 egg
- 1 ¼ – 1 ½ cups Italian bread crumbs
- Oil for frying
- Salt and Pepper
- Ranch or Honey Mustard for dipping
- Prepare the Potato Mixture:
- Take the leftover mashed potatoes out of the fridge and let them sit for a few minutes to remove the chill. While waiting, shred the cheddar cheese, chop the scallions, and cook the bacon, then finely dice it.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the mashed potatoes and flour, stirring well to ensure even distribution. Add the shredded cheese, diced bacon, and chopped scallions to the mixture. Roll heaping tablespoons of the mixture into small balls. If the mixture doesn’t hold its shape, add a bit more flour to provide stability. Repeat until all the mixture is used.
- Prepare for Frying:
- Heat oil in a medium saucepan or fryer over medium to medium-high heat, maintaining a temperature between 350-375 degrees.
- Whisk the egg in a small bowl and season it with salt and pepper. Place Italian bread crumbs in an additional bowl. Dip each potato ball into the egg and then roll it in the bread crumbs until fully coated. Set aside on a sheet pan.
- Frying Perfection:
- Test the oil with one potato ball; it should bubble when the ball is added and take about 1-2 minutes to brown and cook through. Adjust the temperature accordingly.
- Once the oil is ready, add the potato balls in small batches, frying for 1-2 minutes until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to remove them and place them on a paper-lined plate to drain excess oil. Repeat until all bites are fried.
- Serve with Dipping Sauce:
- Allow the Loaded Potato Bites to cool for a minute or two before serving. Pair them with your choice of dipping sauce, whether it’s tangy ranch or honey mustard.
Loaded Potato Bites are a celebration of comfort food with a crunchy twist. Perfect for parties, game nights, or a flavorful snack, these bites offer a symphony of flavors that will leave everyone craving more. Enjoy the fusion of creamy mashed potatoes, sharp cheddar, crispy bacon, and the satisfying crunch of breadcrumbs in every bite. Get ready for a taste sensation that combines comfort with culinary creativity!