7 Ways to Turn a Potato Into Your Best Appetizer Ever

updated Nov 15, 2023
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Close up of loaded potato skins.
Credit: Photo: Justin Bridges | Food Styling: Tyna Hoang

Potatoes — what’s not to love? Fluffy, creamy, starchy delicious potatoes. Yes, with butter. And maybe sour cream. But a baked potato for dinner is just the beginning. Potatoes also make the best appetizers. Don’t believe me? Here’s what to do.

Potato Appetizer Recipes

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Loaded Potato Skins
This cheesy nostalgic spud dish is on your table in less than an hour.
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Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites with Spicy Sour Cream Dipping Sauce

This is so obvious as to be laughable. Anything wrapped in bacon is awesome (see: dates) but potatoes are simply the best. (Bonus points for sour cream sauce.)

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Make Microwave Potato Chips

Six minutes, no oil, no frying, and perfect potato chips are yours for the taking. Top with salmon and capers for an easy yet fancy appetizer — or just eat them (bet you can’t eat just one).

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Loaded Baked Potato Dip with Homemade Chips

Loaded baked potatoes? So much better as a dip. OK fine, there are no potatoes in the dip, but with those aforementioned potato chips, you have a loaded baked potato in a bite.

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Smoked Salmon & Potato Skewers with Dill & Shallots

Make it fancy or keep it simple: potato salad on a skewer is so much easier to eat.

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Mashed Potato Puffs

Leftover mashed potatoes aren’t a liability. They’re an asset. Bake them in mini muffin cups with extra cheese for a hot appetizer everyone goes gaga over.

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Miso Sweet Potato Bites

And just one more: potatoes make a lovely gluten-free base for crostini toppings or sauces. Skip the bread or the crackers; eat a potato instead.

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