Monday, February 20, 2012

Homemade, Baked Tater Tots!

Tater Tots.
Or, as the kids say, "tots".
Who doesn't love these little crunchy balls of potato? They give you instant nostalgia, and, I mean, they're gosh darn tasty to boot! But the frozen kind we all buy? What kind of stuff is in there? I don't even want to know. I especially don't want to think about putting all that crap into a poor, impressionable, little future child-thing of mine (although I'm sure at some point, I will, and I was fed almost exclusively processed food as a child...and I'm OK so far. But still...why take chances?). And-they're fried. Something I generally shy away from these days. One day, I was thinking about tater tots. I don't know why. Sometimes food just pops into my head. Anywho, I was thinking, and wondering...could I make baked tater tots? There has to be a recipe for this, right? 
 RIGHT! :)
I was so super excited when I found this recipe, and pretty much made them right away. They are awesome! Much healthier than your normal tater tots, but still crunchy, and potato-y, and so so satisfying to the little kid in all of us. And-a plus-it makes a bunch! Michael and I had tots leftover for days! And they are just as good-just pop them under the broiler until they crisp up! Only downside? Prepare to spend some time making these, it's a surprisingly lengthy process (at least, for me it was). Totally worth it, though. 

Baked Tater Tots

  • 8 Russet Potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3-4 eggs, beaten
  • 2-4 (start with 2 and crush more as needed) cups crushed chips (preferably pop chips)
  • Boil potatoes in a large pot, just covered with water, until fork tender (about 20 minutes).
  • Drain potatoes and return to pot.
  • Gradually add milk and mash-you want it to be a little dry and lumpy.
  • Put eggs, flour, and crushed chips in 3 separate bowls.
  • Form potatoes into 1 in. balls and place on parchment or wax paper.
  • Roll each ball in flour, then eggs, then chips. Form with hands into tot shapes.
  • Place on a baking sheet, sprayed with non-stick spray.
  • Bake in an oven, preheated to 400 degrees, for 12-15 minutes.
  • Place under broiler for a couple minutes to crisp up. (You can also do this to reheat leftover tots.)
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  1. Oh, those look yummy. I'd love to try one...or several dozen :)

  2. yum! As if tater tots couldn't get any better?? I love that these are baked, I'll have no problem indulging in one or two... or the whole batch... of these :)

  3. Yup, these look like some work. Yup, they look totally worth it! Wow, what a great recipe that I'd love to make one of these days when I have some time.

    1. My poor boyfriend, I completely underestimated the amount of time these would take and the poor hungry boy had to wait.

  4. I have already e-mailed myself this recipe and will be making them this weekend! Thank you for sharing! I can imagine these as a side dish or a very popular appetizer!

    1. They're awesome! You'll love them. Thanks for visiting :)


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