Twice baked lemon caper parmesan potato salad bites make the perfect party appetizer!
lemon caper parmesan potato salad bites

Potato salad is a SUMMER FOOD, and have I lost my mind?!

No.

Yes.

Maybe?

I see your point.

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I plead the fifth on the “mind” part (did I really have it to begin with? Don’t answer that.)

And YES, to the untrained eye, potato salad might seem like a summer food, but did you know that it is made of potatoes?

AKA the poster child of winter veggies?

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It’s such a strange world in which we live.

But might I propose the notion of winter potato salad?

That is, potato salad that is not really potato salad at all, but baked potatoes that are stuffed with a potato salad-esque mixture, sprinkled with cheese, and then baked again so that they get all crispy crunchy perfect on top.

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Winter all the way.

Though if you find me making these in the heat of summer, just forget I ever said that.

They’re that good.

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Lemon Caper Parmesan Potato Salad Bites
 
Twice baked lemon caper parmesan potato salad bites make the perfect party appetizer!
Yield: 24 potato salad bites
Ingredients
  • 12 small red potatoes, halved
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup creme fraiche
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh chives
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp drained capers
  • 1½ tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 450F.
  2. Toss the potatoes with the olive oil and place cut side down on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, then turn over and bake for another 10 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes.
  3. Using a paring knife, cut a circle in the cut side of the potatoes and using a small spoon, remove the insides, leaving a thin border. Mash the potato insides with the creme fraiche, chives, butter, capers, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper. Sprinkle with the parmesan cheese.
  4. Preheat the broiler.
  5. Broil for 2-4 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned.
Notes
Adapted slightly from Cooking Light
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 potato salad bites

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44 Responses to Lemon Caper Parmesan Potato Salad Bites

  1. Beth says:

    These look incredible!

  2. Anything made into “bites” is sure to be a winner! These look fantastic!

  3. What I love most about your blog is the combinations of flavours and ingredients – things I never would have thought to put together myself.
    This sounds delicious!

  4. Sues says:

    You are so not crazy and I love this idea even more than a bowl full of potato salad in the summer!

  5. Potatoes are an all year ’round food! So this salad belongs in my January kitchen…like now.

  6. Potato dishes, including salad, are appropriate all year round as far as I’m concerned, but that’s probably because I adore potatoes. These little bites look delicious!

  7. Susan says:

    You make a solid point! Potatoes are definitely a winter food and I’m all over this winter version.

  8. Summer, winter, it’s all the same to me as long as I have these bites in my face 24/7!! These are seriously drool-worthy, Joanne!

  9. Make Lemon Caper Parmesan anything and I’m good!! and yes, I’d eat these anytime of the year!! Delicious!!!

  10. They sounds perfect! Love those flavors together. Mmm…
    Hope you had an awesome weekend Joanne!

  11. Meg says:

    These are so cute, and I’m sure they’re awesome! Lemon and capers is a winning combination for sure.

  12. I love the way your mind works! I’d be all over these in a heartbeat, no matter what time of year!

  13. SallyBR says:

    Summer or not, they are adorable…

    kind of a twice baked potato, but fresher and “lighter”

    love it!

  14. Oooh baby. I can barely handle these. Those golden and crispy edges? That melty cheese? Summer or winter, I’ll take it.

  15. I don’t care if they are summer or winter food. They are bite sized and look incredibly delicious. To me, that’s all that matters. Now, let’s see how many I can fit in my mouth at once…

  16. This has my name written all over it!! These look fabulous – such a great idea!!

  17. Trisha says:

    Perfect football food! Given that I don’t really watch football, I really mean food that I can stuff my face with while the husband watches the game, too distracted to notice that I’ve eaten the whole plate….. 🙂

  18. annie says:

    I could just eat a whole tray of these! Especially since there’s no mayo.

  19. Lori R. says:

    Oh man, I crave potato salad year round. Way too good to save it for one season of the year. This is such a good idea!

  20. I totally agree! Potatoes = winter food, so why is their salad form summer? Just because we can’t have cold things in the winter? Lame. This is a great blend of the two 🙂

  21. I think this is THE answer to winter potato salad: warm, gooey, comforting and cheesy!

  22. I love the twist on this winter potato salad and it looks very delicious!

  23. Pam says:

    I could eat a whole plate of these beauties for dinner and be perfectly happy. They look AMAZING!

  24. Pam says:

    I can’t think of anything much better than potatoes and this bites look great! This are perfect for the Super Bowl party! Thanks for the recipe.

  25. It’s very important that I get these little bites into my life as soon as possible.

  26. What a super fun idea – love these little bites!

  27. Lisa says:

    I would enjoy that anytime of year. No rules needed!

  28. Wow these look amazing Joanne! These would be a great appetizer for the Superbowl! My family would love these.

  29. Snap – Joanne – I posted summer potato salad today:) I do love the look of those – perfect for a winter potato salad.

  30. Kelly says:

    Summer or winter, just pass the entire plate please 🙂 These little bites look amazing! Love the idea and everything you stuffed into them!

  31. Kate says:

    I feel like potato salad can be modified to fit any season based on ingredients.

  32. These are obviously year round goodies. Kind of like jeans. Really, really, nice jeans. Tasty.

  33. What delicious little bites, they are perfect for appetisers for parties 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  34. I am SO in love with the idea of tater wells! Seriously what better way to to eat potatoes than to use it as a vessel to eat MORE tasty and cheesy yumminess!

  35. These look wonderful, Joanne! I love that you used small potatoes – just a bite or two. Perfect party bite!

  36. Hotly Spiced says:

    Well…it’s summer here. And these would do well served with BBQed food. Loving the capers and lemon xx

  37. Christine says:

    As far as I’m concerned, potatoes are season-less. Love them year-round. May just try this with a russet that I need to use up, as a change up from the average baked potato. Yum!

  38. Reeni says:

    I’m all for eating potato salad in the winter! It’s great comfort food. These look absolutely delicious and way too easy to pop in my mouth!

  39. Ah, excellent. Not only does this take potato salad to winter, it takes potato salad to a domain that appeals so much more than the traditional summer versions! And, my husband will probably like it, so that’s a winning scenario all around. Thanks 🙂

  40. Eileen says:

    Dude, potato salad is for all the time! (Also, I hear that if you have pizza on a bagel, you can have pizza anytime. FACT.) These guys sound delightful. Eat all the potato!

  41. elly says:

    So I’m not too into traditional potato salad, with the mayo and all that. But I can absolutely get behind these cute little bites, especially with creme fraiche. Sign me up. You are doing a fab job winterizing summer foods. 🙂

  42. Johanna GGG says:

    wow that is a brilliant take on potato salad – want some right now

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