tater tots
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Tater Tots

Tater tots, sometimes referred to as potato tots, are easy to make and incredibly tasty. I make them up as an alternative to mashed or baked potatoes. They are an instant hit with adults and kids alike. 

There are a few tips to making up these tasty little treats. You can use just about any type of potato you want. I find russets, or a potato low in starch, are the best. You will also want to place the grated potatoes in water and squeeze them. Do this a few times. The spices and the amounts are optional. You can alter them according to your liking. For frying, you can use the oil of your choice, but I find vegetable oil works the best. Frying them for about 1 minute on each side produces a nice, golden brown tot. 

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Tater Tots
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: David Hood
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Serves: 15
  • 2 large potatoes
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1 cup of cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp of oregano
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp of smoked paprika
  • 1/3 cup of flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of bread crumbs
  1. Grate the potatoes and place them in a bowl of water. Pick up the grated potatoes and squeeze using your hands. Do this 2 or 3 times to eliminate the starch.
  2. Put the potatoes to a dry bowl and add in the cheese, bacon, oragano, egg, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix until everything is well combined.
  3. Place the mixture in a square or rectangular container and spread it out evenly using a spatula. Put some cling wrap over the top and place it in the fridge for 5 hours or overnight.
  4. Using a sharp knife, cut the mixture into bite size bits.
  5. Crack the egg into a bowl and beat it. Put the flour and bread crumbs in two other bowls. Dredge the tater tots in the flour, egg, and bread crumbs. Set them aside on a plate.
  6. Heat some oil in a pan so it reaches 350 degrees. If you don’t have a thermometer, drop a bit of flour in. If it sizzles, the oil is ready. Fry the tader tots, in batches, for about 1 minute on each side.
  7. Serve them up with the condiment of your choice and enjoy your potato tots.


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