I threw a surprise 35th birthday party for my hubby last night. I decided that I would make him his favorite foods, party-style, despite them not being the healthiest choices (ahhh, how sweet of me). He LOVES baked potatoes. Not unhealthy, right? But often baked potatoes are more about what you put on them...... he loves to load his with ranch dressing, bacon, and cheese. I, of course, modified these a little bit by using lower-fat ingredients. Note: they are not "healthy", but they are a lovely alternative to many other high fat party foods!
You could do many variations of these bites. They were the perfect size for finger-food.
Baked Potato Bites
Serves 12 (2 quarters each)
6 medium potatoes, baked (oven or microwave)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup lowfat sour cream
1 package ranch dressing mix
4 slices lean bacon, cooked (microwave) and crumbled
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Allow baked potatoes to cool for approximately 15 minutes. Quarter potatoes (slice length-wise, and then width-wise). Place potato quarters on a baking sheet and brush with olive oil. Sprinkle lightly with salt and then sprinkle with cheese. Place quarters in oven for ~10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
Mix ranch dressing mix into sour cream.
Remove potatoes from oven and top with ~1 Tbsp sour cream and sprinkle lightly with bacon.