This year’s Super Bowl 50 game has been dubbed the “Golden Super Bowl” in honor of its golden anniversary. The big 5-0! Big deal!
To celebrate, we recruited hostess-with-the-mostest Justine Dungo, of food and fashion blog Pretty in Pistachio, to help us upgrade our Super Bowl menu. This is too big a game to skimp on the tasty treats!
So skip salsa in a jar. Forget the ready-made seven-layer dip. Move on from microwaved mozzarella sticks. Instead cook up these salty, cheesy, creamy potato bites that you can prepare beforehand and bake while your guests settle in for the game.
Baked Potato Bites
Makes 40 potato bites
20 small Yukon gold potatoes (approximately golf ball size)
½ lb thick-cut bacon, sliced into ¼-inch pieces
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
¼ cup milk
¼ cup chopped chives (plus garnish)
¼ cup sour cream (plus garnish)
salt and pepper to taste
Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil. Add potatoes and boil until tender (you should be able to pierce through them with a fork). Drain the water and allow potatoes to cool enough to handle.
Heat the olive oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until crispy. Once the bacon has cooked, remove from pan, drain excess oil and set aside.
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Once cool enough to touch, cut each potato in half and cut a very small slice off the rounded end (so the potato can sit flat). Use a small spoon or melon scoop and scoop out the middle. Place the potato middles in a large bowl.
Once the potato insides have been scooped out, take the bowl and add the bacon, ¾ cup cheese, milk, chives, sour cream. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Scoop mixture into the potato halves and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle the remaining ¼ cup cheese over the top. Place in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese has melted.
Remove from oven and serve with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of chives.
Check back in tomorrow for a new Super Bowl recipe sure to leave the crowd cheering for more!