- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
Reviews for Smoked Gouda & Bacon Potatoes
"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."
"This was good but alittle bland. Add some hot pepper maybe. I`ll try this next time."
"Awesome! I used pre-cooked bacon...just flexible enough to wrap each potato, but just done enough to require minimum oven time."
"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"
"I just rated this recipe. Should have been (5) stars not (2)."
"I made these at Christmas...a BIG HIT!! After baking, I put some parsley flakes and melted butter on them."