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Recipe of the Week - 2/24/12
Spicy Potato Bites

Spicy Potato Bites

Spicy Potato Bites

I took this dish to a brunch this past week and served them
cold. They all got snarfed up. I made the batch with hot
Sandia green chiles. They were pretty spicy, but fortunately
this group was into spicy food.

These Spicy Potato Bites are soft when they come out
of the oven and will tend to fall apart if you try to remove
them from the muffin cups right away. They set up well as
they cool, though, and actually make a convenient and
tasty finger food.

Personally, I think of these as a much more interesting
alternative to hash browns.

Ingredients:

3 cups peeled and shredded potatoes
1/4 cup milk  
10 slices bacon
2 cups chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup diced medium hot green chiles
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup minced onion
1/2 tsp cumin 
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray non-stick miniature
    muffin cups well with cooking spray. Fry bacon in a large skillet
    until soft, not crisp. Remove bacon and set aside to drain.
       
   
2. Sautee onions and mushrooms in bacon fat over medium
    heat until both are just getting soft. Stir in green chiles and
    set aside. There will be some liquid from the mushrooms.


3. Crumble or chop the bacon into small bits and stir into the
    onion, mushroom and chile mixture. Add the salt, cumin
    and pepper and mix well.
   
4. In a small bowl, mix the eggs and milk and beat with a
   fork until well blended.
   

5. Put the shredded potatoes in a large bowl and then
    blend in the onion, mushroom, and chile mixture. Pour
    the egg mixture over and blend well. Spoon into non-stick
    miniature muffin cups, filling each cup. Be sure to spray the
    muffin pan well with cooking spray first. Pour remaining liquid
    into the cups, distributing fairly evenly among the cups.
   
6. Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned on top.
    If using full-sized muffin pans, bake for about 35 minutes.
   
7. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes, then loosen each
    carefully with a dull knife and remove or turn the pan
    upside down onto a plate to get them out. If you try
    to remove them right out of the oven, they will tend
    to fall apart. If you want to serve them hot, pop them
    into a microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute right before
    serving.
   

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Makes: about 2 dozen

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Spicy Potato Bites

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