You can serve these bacon wrapped potatoes as an appetizer or as a side dish. They require little preparation, you roast them in the oven for an irresistible flavor. You don’t even need a dipping sauce.
Key Ingredients in This Recipe
This recipe requires only 3 ingredients. Yes, it’s that simple. There are many potato recipes that call for just a few ingredients and turn a simple potato into something special.
- Potatoes – the smaller the better. Small potatoes of usually immature potatoes. They have a thinner skin and usually contain more moisture than there when they are mature. Because the skin is thin, there is not need to peel these babies.
- Bacon – I prefer to use the normal sliced or thinly sliced bacon. It bakes quicker than the thick slices.
- Italian herbs – I used the pre-cut herbs from Gourmet Garden. Their Italian herb mix consists of parsley, basil, oregano and I’ve added some thyme to the mix myself.
How to make Bacon Wrapped Potatoes with Italian Herbs
Like with so many recipes, once you know what you need, the preparation is pretty straight forward.
Step 1 – Do not peel the potatoes. Wash them and cook them in water with salt, like you would do with any other type of potato. Cook them until just done, this will be about 10 minutes. Don’t cook longer than necessary, they will go into the oven later and will cook a little further.
Step 2 – Prepare the bacon, by cutting the slices in half. You just need enough bacon the wrap around each potato, no need to double wrap them. Brush the bacon lightly with oil and sprinkle them with Italian herbs.
Step 3 – When the potatoes are cooked and cooled just a little, so you can handle them without burning your fingers, make the rolls.
Place a potato on a slice of bacon and roll lengthwise. Place that wrapped potato (seam-side down) in a oven-safe dish that you lightly brushed with oil.
Step 4 – Place the dish in a 400 degrees F oven and cook the potatoes about 20 minutes. If you want the bacon crispy, you may need to rotate the potatoes and place them in the oven a little longer.
Serve as a side dish or an appetizer. When you serve them as an appetizer, make sure to NOT serve them straight out of the oven; people will burn the lips on the bacon. Instead allow them to cool a little.
Alternatives and Substitutes
- Potatoes – in theory you can pick any potato you like, as long as they are small. There are red potatoes, small Yukons or Fingerling potatoes and more. Cutting up regular size potatoes may not work so well as they may fall apart during the baking in the oven, as not all sides are covered by a skin and/or the bacon.
- Bacon – Italian pancetta is a perfect alternative to bacon.
- Italian herbs – instead of Italian herbs, try other combinations, like thyme, sage and rosemary, lemon grass, mint and parsley or cilantro, parsley and tarragon to name a few.
Other simple potato recipes to try
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Bacon Wrapped Potatoes with Italian Herbs
- 8 ounces small (young) potatoes skin on
- 4-5 slices bacon cut in half
- Italian herbs parsley, basil, oregano and thyme
- olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Wash and cook the small potatoes in a little bit of water and salt for about 10 minutes or until you can easily pierce them with a fork. Allow them to cool, so you can handle them.
- In the meantime, lay the bacon slices on a plate or board and brush them lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle the Italian herbs over the slices.
- Once the potatoes are no longer hot, roll them in the herbs covered bacon slices and place these rolls in a dish, brushed with olive oil, seam-side down. Sprinkle some herbs over the rolls.
- Place the dish in the oven for about 20 minutes. Bake longer if you want the bacon to be crispier.
- Serve as side dish or as an appetizer with cocktail picks. (NOTE 1)
- If you serve these bacon wrapped potatoes as an appetizer, please allow them to cool a little bit before you serve them.