Loaded Cowboy Potato Puffs


Loaded Cowboy Tater Tots

On these busy back-to-school weekends we are trying to still cram as much summer fun in as we can before the snow flies.  Saturdays are already book for the next month with dance competitions, festivals and trips.  We will try to spend Sundays at the beach as long as the weather holds.

We usually have appetizers on Saturday evening.  For us, appetizers are anything we can eat with our hands or minimal dishes.  It is usually my children’s favorite meal of the week, especially for my son.  He would never use utensils if I let him get away with it.

Verdict:

They don’t look that great but these were a hit!  I couldn’t serve them up fast enough.  The bacon, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce were a tasty combination.   My kids can’t wait to have them again real soon.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (32 oz) bag potato puffs
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced thinly
  • 8 oz bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce

Directions:

  1. In a skillet over medium-low to low heat place olive oil and onion.  The onion will need to cook at least 20-30 minutes over medium-low heat.  Stir occasionally so that it browns but does not burn.  If you cook the onion at too high a temperature it will brown but not bet the really great caramelized onion flavor that you are trying to create.
  2. Bake potato puffs according to package directions.  Five minutes before your potato puffs are done remove from oven and sprinkle cheddar cheese over the top.  Return pan to oven until cheese melts and become bubbly.
  3. Remove pan from oven.  Garnish potato puffs with crumbled bacon, onions and drizzle barbecue sauce over the top.

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