There's a farm close to my house, which is hard to believe because there is some pesky city traffic even closer, but believe it or not, there's a farm twenty minutes away (without traffic) from me. They have the option for customers to buy shares of the farm with their CSA program.
My first week participating in the CSA, I had beautiful carrots, gorgeous beets, and a few things I'd never tried before, including ground cherries. I loved the anticipation of seeing what was in the share each week!
Before this particular day I had never cooked or baked anything with tiny potatoes, but they made me smile. They were adorable. I didn't get very creative with them at first and I just baked them with butter and rosemary, serving them alongside roasted chicken.
Since part of my focus as a food blogger is to stretch my creativity, I started trying things that were just a little different from what I usually made for meals. These loaded smashed potato bites are a good example. They're so simple to make and just a little different from a loaded baked potato.
I really like the crispy edges of the smashed potatoes and my daughter loves the cheese and bacon. She usually just humors me, so when she raves about something, it’s good. When I make these right before we watch a football game, everyone dives right in and asks if there’s more baking in the oven. They eat every last one, with the exception of a few saved for me. Isn’t that nice of them?
I thought this would be a good appetizer to share with you, especially if you want to try something a little different and a little smaller than a traditional baked potato. You'll want to indulge in these little loaded smashed potato bites!
Use your favorite cheese and substitute chives for the green onions if you want. You won’t need the whole package of bacon pieces listed in the ingredients. Feel free to cook up your own bacon and use that if you prefer, and the sour cream can easily be swapped in favor of plain Greek yogurt, in my opinion. Enjoy!
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