Monday, October 22, 2012

Kickin Bacon & Potato Logs

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Go ahead... take one!!

I created this recipe with the idea of an "inside out" potato skin!!  I wanted the FILLING of the potato skin, but I wanted it in finger food form.
You have BACON, potatoes, sharp cheddar cheese, jalapeno, RANCH dressing and spices... all encompassed by an amazing crispy won ton!!  It doesn't stop there!!  "Wait for it"... you DIP it in the ranch sour cream!!!
Yes!!  Absolute heaven in a bite, all joking aside.  This is perfect for the weekend games, get together or just an "appetizer night" for dinner accompanied by a nice salad. 
I love that they're baked and not deep fried (lots less calories we say, so we can have just ohhhh 3 or 4 more) *grin*
What I love even more, is the ease of this recipe.  You literally spend more time rendering the bacon than anything else.  From start to finish in less than 1 hour and that's including the baking time!!

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;

1 package medium size won ton wrappers
1 lb bacon, diced
2 large potatoes, skins on, pre-boiled, cooled and diced
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3 green onions diced
1 Jalapeno pepper, (seeds and membranes removed), diced fine
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1-1/2 tbsp dry ranch dressing
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp granulated garlic powder
Pinch of red pepper flakes
3 tbsp reserved bacon drippings

Basting Sauce:
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
1 1/2 tbsp dry ranch dressing
1/4 tsp granulated garlic powder

Dipping sauce:
2 cups sour cream
3 tbsp dry ranch dressing
1/4 tsp granulated garlic
1 green onion diced fine
2 tbsp mayonnaise

With additional ingredients:
1 cup water to wet sides of won ton wrappers

Directions:  We begin by preparing our dipping sauce first.  You want to give the dipping sauce time to chill so the flavors marry and become glad *grin* and just jump on the logs all by themselves!!
To a small bowl add; your sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic powder, dry ranch dressing and finely chopped green onions. Mix till thoroughly incorporated, place in a pretty dipping bowl and set in refrigerator till ready to use. 

Let's start on our logs shall we? 
Begin by dicing our potatoes and green onions, add to a medium size bowl. Chop your fresh parsley add to bowl along with all your seasonings. Set aside.

Place your skillet over medium high heat, add your diced bacon and saute till crisp. When your bacon is crisp, remove using a slotted spoon and add directly to the bowl containing the potato mixture. Add your diced jalapeno pepper, shredded cheese and finally your reserved bacon drippings. Using a large fork, stir and mash all ingredients together, set aside and let's get ready to assemble!

*Can you tell I have an extreme won ton addiction... is there a therapy session for this too?  Shall I attend? *

On a flat surface, place a won ton wrapper.  Using a small pastry brush, brush outer edges of the four corners of the won ton wrapper with water, (this will ensure even sealing of the won ton wrappers). Add 1 - 1 1/2 tbsp of bacon potato mixture directly to the center of won ton wrapper. Fold one end over making sure ends are aligned. Using fingers, spread mixture through out sealed won ton wrapper if necessary to ensure all of the log has the delectable bacon filling. Pinch ends and corners to make sure it's evenly sealed and placed on pre-sprayed aluminum foil lined baking sheet. Continue with remainder of the won ton wrappers and bacon, potato mixture.
Continue filling and making won tons and place on baking sheet. About 16 per baking sheet. I usually make 2 batches, just because if you overcrowd them, they will not become crispy all the way around if they are touching, does that make sense?  Okay, so now on to the basting sauce.

Preheat oven to 375F.

Prepare your basting sauce by melting your butter. Once butter has melted, whisk in your dry ranch dressing and your garlic powder.  Baste your logs with the sauce.
Place in oven and bake for 16-20 till nice golden all around and the aroma wafting throughout your house will have you giddy with anticipation!!
Place on a pretty platter and serve with dipping sauce.

Yield:  34-36 appetizers


Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi


  1. Didi...OH MY!!! You had me at bacon! And when you join the group for wonton addicts...please add me to the group as well. There is nothing here that i don't love. I am thinking I will need to make a batch without the jalapenos for the kids. I think you might have just created a fantastic lunch for them too! You are beyond creative! When is your cookbook coming out??? Cannot wait to try these!! Polla Filakia!!! I love your blog!!

    1. Hi Olga mou!!
      I'm telling you, something about bacon...
      I cannot wait for you to make them, so very, very easy!!!
      Kali evthomada, filakia polla!!

  2. My name is Linda and I am a wonton addict. This recipe looks fantastic!!! I will be making this for sure, just a few more pounds to lose.

    1. When I find a wonton group, I'll pick you up Linda!!
      Love the fact that they are "baked"!!

  3. Whaaaat???? Oh my goodness Didi those look soooo delicious!
    I;m pining them, i have some wraps in the freezer it's time to get them out of there! Pinning this, such a great finger food recipe!
    Filakia fili mou!

    1. Hi Eri mou!!
      They are so delightfully good, crispy as all get out. Noone would ever even think they are baked!!
      Polla filakia koukla mou!!

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  5. nom nom! my teens are going to love this Didi!

    1. So very easy and delicious Cathy! I'm making them again this weekend!!

    2. I made these and they were fantastic! Thank you Didi. I am now a wonton addict. My grocery store sells wontons in 60 packs. I have to make something with the remaining 20...

    3. Yay Cathy!!! *Didi doing the happy dance*
      So glad you and your family enjoyed them!!

      I'm sure you will figure out what to do with them. If not, seal them and freeze. They stay frozen nicely for a few months.

  6. hello happy face!! I love your recipe , thank for sharing!xoxo!!!

  7. Didi dear this is such a fun idea! If you weren't so far away I would have p[opped over for a bite or too! Polla filia apo tin Athina!

    1. I wish we lived closer as well, I would pour you a nice glass of beer to go with these...

  8. Wooww que delicia de pollo con salsa fabulosa me encanta lindo plato,abrazos hugs,hugs.

  9. They are going in the oven now... I will keep you posted... OMG

    1. I know you FB me Michelle. I so glad you and your family enjoyed them! I can't wait to hear about your variations!

  10. LOL - "My Variations" ... YUMMO - these were FAB-U-LO-SO!!!!!!! Tasted exactly like a potato skin, cheesey, bacon-ey - YUMMO!! and that dip - AMAZING!!!!!!! Thank you again!!!

  11. Thank you for trying and coming back to let me know my sweetheart. Best feeling in the world Michelle!! ♥

    Thank you!!

  12. These look great!!!

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    Not Your Average Super Moms..

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    1. Thank you Terry, they are indeed very good!

  14. Those sound really good Didi! I have to give them a try... I know my hubby will love them!

    1. So easy Kecia! I love that they are baked and not fried!