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We love potatoes any which way—roasted, mashed, fried, or even grilled. But if there's one thing you don't want to forget, it's those scrumptious, comforting potato appetizers! You know the ones we're talking about—the potato skins you might find at your favorite restaurant or the loaded cheese fries from your tailgate spread. Well, we've got all those recipes and more on this list of irresistible potato starters.
Here, you'll find tons of inspiration for Super Bowl appetizers like buffalo potatoes, bacon-wrapped sweet potatoes, and mini loaded baked potato bites. Speaking of loaded potatoes, the classic flavor combo of sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon, and chives is also used in a few other variations ahead. Our suggestion? Try one of our fun party dips or a potato soup that's warmed up in the slow cooker. While any of these potato appetizers will be a hit at your game day party, you can also save the recipes to use throughout the year. Think: nachos made with potato slices for an Irish appetizer on St. Patrick's Day and grilled potato skewers for your summer cookouts. And if you have leftover mashed potatoes, lucky you! Put them to use in handheld pancakes or richly dolloped duchess potatoes. Of all our favorite finger foods, we can't think of a more spud-tacular way to kick off a party!
Swap the tortilla chips for potato slices in this fun twist on cheesy nachos. It might not be a traditional St. Patrick's Day recipe, but it sure is tasty!
Get the Irish Nachos recipe.
As Ree Drummond says, potato skins "never, ever go out of style." They're a nostalgic snack that will satisfy party-goers for their crispy texture and tasty fillings!
Get Ree's Potato Skins recipe.
Perfect Potato Soup
If you're looking to kick off your dinner party with something comforting, you can't go wrong with potato soup. Ree's version is perfectly thick and smooth in texture.
Get Ree's Perfect Potato Soup recipe.
You can think of this recipe like twice-baked potatoes that are scaled down to mini size making them perfect for parties! Simply bake the potatoes and slice them into little discs to get started.
Get Ree's Slice-Baked Potatoes recipe.
The ooey gooey cheese sauce, crispy bacon, and tangy pickles make this recipe a game day favorite! The best part is that you can use frozen French fries to make it easy.
Get the Cheese Fries recipe.
Mashed Potato Pancakes
These little bites are crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and made with leftover mashed potatoes so they couldn't be easier. Just be sure to serve them up with sour cream for dipping!
Get the Mashed Potato Pancakes recipe.
Slow Cooker Potato Soup
This soup has that hot, comforting, simmered-all-day flavor, but instead of standing over a pot to make it, you can just let the slow cooker do the work! Top it with cheese, bacon, chives, and sour cream for that classic baked potato inspiration.
Get the Slow Cooker Potato Soup recipe.
Loaded Wedge Fries
Here's a fun party idea: set up a DIY loaded wedge fries bar with toppings like pico de gallo, guacamole, spicy chili bacon, and cheddar cheese for guests to build themselves a plate.
Get Ree's Loaded Wedge Fries recipe.
Spiced-Up Potato Chips
This might just be one of the easiest potato recipes out there! All you need is a bag of potato chips, a handful of spices, and 10 minutes to prep it all.
Get Ree's Spiced-Up Potato Chips recipe.
Nachos meet tater tots in this fun appetizer mash-up. The toppings here include ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and special sauce just like on your favorite cheeseburger.
Get the Cheeseburger Tatchos recipe.
Potato Leek Soup
The onion-y flavor of leeks pairs perfectly with the rich, thickness of this creamy potato soup. To add a bit more flavor, top each bowl with crispy onions for garnish!
Get the Potato Leek Soup recipe.
Not only will skewers help to keep your little potatoes from rolling around on the grill, but they also serve as handy dandy sticks for holding the party bite.
Get the Grilled Potatoes recipe.
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
Cumin and cayenne pepper give these sweet potato fries a simple burst of flavor. Not to mention, we like them served up with a homemade creamy honey-mustard sauce.
Get the Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries recipe.
Latkes with Caramelized Onion Sour Cream
The only way to make crispy, warm-from-the-skillet latkes even better is to serve them up with a flavorful caramelized onion sour cream! It's worth the effort!
Lemon-Pepper Shoestring Fries
Homemade lemon-pepper seasoning is zesty, bright, and so easy to make. You can use it on crispy fries or even tater tots if you prefer!
Get Ree's Lemon-Pepper Shoestring Fries recipe.
Kick off any dinner party (or lunch party for that matter) with a bread basket and your family will be happy. These fluffy rolls happen to be made with creamy potatoes.
Get the Potato Rolls recipe.
Crash Hot Potatoes
Ree has been making this crispy number for years as a side dish to beef, but they're just as fun served as an appetizer with sour cream or ranch dressing for dipping!
Get Ree's Crash Hot Potatoes recipe.
These swirled golden bites will look so impressive on your appetizer spread. The trick is using whole egg yolks for that rich flavor and bright color.
Get Ree's Duchess Potatoes recipe.
Air Fryer French Fries
No need to heat up a big pot of oil to make French fries from scratch. This recipe show just how easy (and crispy) they can be when made in an air fryer.
Get the Air Fryer French Fries recipe.
Loaded Baked Potato Dip
There's something funny about a dip made from mashed potatoes with loaded potato toppings that's also served up with potato chips. It's all about the potatoes in this hearty dip!
Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Potatoes
This appetizer is the perfect combination of salty and sweet. It also has plenty of nutmeg and cinnamon to make the bites warm and comforting.
Smashed Buffalo Potatoes
This game day appetizer combines buffalo wings, nachos, and potatoes all into one crowd-pleasing dish! You can top it off with creamy blue cheese dressing to cool down the spiciness from the jalapeños and buffalo sauce.
Sweet Potato Bites With Avocado and Bacon
Slices of roasted sweet potato make the perfect "crostini" for holding mashed avocado and crispy bacon. It's a healthy appetizer that anyone would love.
This French party food is usually made with mashed potatoes and cheese that's rolled and breaded before being fried. To switch things up, this variation uses creole seasoning, ham, and bacon in the filling.
Mini Loaded Baked Potato Bites
It doesn't get cuter than these bite-sized potatoes! Don't worry, each one is still loaded with all those classic ingredients, like sour cream, cheddar cheese, and bacon.
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