Friday, January 16, 2015

Cheesy Potato Bites with Ranch Dip



Cheesy Potato Bites with Ranch Dip

 Ingredients

 1 container (24 oz) refrigerated mashed potatoes
 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
 4 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
 3 slices bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled
 6 eggs
 1 3/4 cups Progresso™ plain bread crumbs
 canola oil for deep frying
 1 container (16 oz) sour cream
 2 teaspoons dry ranch dressing mix (from 1-oz package)

 Directions

 1 In large bowl, mix mashed potatoes, cheese, 2 tablespoons of the chives, the bacon and 1 of the eggs with spoon until blended. Shape mixture into 1-inch balls.
 2 In shallow bowl, place bread crumbs. In another shallow bowl, beat remaining 5 eggs. Coat potato balls with bread crumbs, then dip into eggs and coat again with bread crumbs.
 3 In deep fryer or 3-quart heavy saucepan, heat 2 inches oil to 375°F. Fry potato balls, in batches, in hot oil 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
 4 In small bowl, mix sour cream, remaining 2 tablespoons chives and the dressing mix. Serve warm potato bites with sauce.

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