Smoked Gouda & Bacon Potatoes Recipe
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Smoked Gouda & Bacon Potatoes Recipe

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A hearty, special appetizer you'll need to eat with a fork! Creme fraiche gives these bites a decadent flavor. —Cheryl Perry, Hertford, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 10 min.
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 2 whole garlic bulbs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 15 small red potatoes, halved
  • 15 bacon strips
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded smoked Gouda cheese
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 2 cups creme fraiche or sour cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 161 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 169mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 4g protein .


  1. Remove papery outer skin from garlic (do not peel or separate cloves). Cut tops off of garlic bulbs. Brush with oil. Wrap each bulb in heavy-duty foil. Bake at 425° for 30-35 minutes or until softened. Cool for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, place potatoes in a large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes or just until tender. Cut bacon strips in half widthwise. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until partially cooked but not crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain; keep warm.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°. Place a tablespoonful of cheese on the cut side of a potato half. Wrap with a half-strip of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Repeat. Sprinkle appetizers with pepper. Bake 10-15 minutes or until bacon is crisp.
  4. For sauce, squeeze softened garlic into a food processor. Add creme fraiche and cilantro; cover and process until blended. Serve with potatoes. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen (2 cups sauce).
Originally published as Smoked Gouda & Bacon Potatoes in Taste of Home December/January 2010, p17

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Worshipguy 101064
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2012

"I made these for Christmas and everyone loved them. I had some large red potatoes so I had to quarter them and they were a little harder to wrap up. The smaller red potatoes would definitely work better. The only downside for me was that it takes a while to get everything prepped and cooked, but the rave reviews I got from my family means that I'll be making them for a long time."

twodogs16 186652
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"This was good but alittle bland. Add some hot pepper maybe. I`ll try this next time."

omnipc 117740
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"Awesome! I used pre-cooked bacon...just flexible enough to wrap each potato, but just done enough to require minimum oven time."

Cobourgcook 101264
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2010

"Made these for New Year's party...what a hit, everyone devoured them. Could not find creme fresh, so used sour cream - works like a dream. I did find I needed to broil the bacon at the end in order to crisp up"

permitclerk 186651
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2010

"I just rated this recipe. Should have been (5) stars not (2)."

permitclerk 167656
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2010

"I made these at Christmas...a BIG HIT!! After baking, I put some parsley flakes and melted butter on them."

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