How to make your own crispy tater tots for a quick addition to any meal

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  • MYO Tater' Tots

    Tater' tots were a staple food in most of my friends homes growing up. These little bites of crispy goodness are simple to make ahead of time at home to have on hand for a quick side to any meal.
    Before we start this recipe, were going to give you a lesson in potatoes. Why? Because this recipe will not come out right if you use the wrong kind of potato.

    There are 2 Categories of potatoes-

    Mealy potatoes include Idaho’s, Russet, Burbanks, Russet Arcadia, Norgold Russet, Goldrush, Norkotah and Long White. You'll know them because they are Thick skinned, they're very high in starch.

    Waxy potatoes - Round White, Round Red, Yellow Potato, Red skin Potato and Salad Potatoes, Waxy potatoes are high in moisture, high in natural sugars, but very low in starch and have a very thin skin. For recipes requiring shredded potatoes such as this homemade tater tot recipe or homemade hashbrowns, you'll want to use a Low starch, thin skinned, "waxy" potato; otherwise it will turn a nasty gray color during cooking.


    You'll Need:
    8 med. Waxy potatoes, cooked and peeled
    4 rounded tbsp. flour
    Dash pepper
    1 tsp. salt
    Canola oil

    Finely shred the potatoes or use ricer while potatoes are hot. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper. (Avoid mashing them as they take on a doughy/starchy texture).

    Heat 1/4" oil in heavy pan. Form into small balls ( a cookie dough scoop works great for this!!) and drop into oil. Fry till slightly golden.

    Drain on paper towels, Cool then freeze.

    To Reheat quickly:

    Bake in single layer on baking sheet at 400F till crispy


    Optional Flavor Add-ins/ Variations:


    • 1 Tbs Fresh Chopped Chives

    **or**

    • 1 Tbs. Chipotle Pepper

    **or**

    • 1 finely chopped jalapeno (seeds removed!)



    What are your favorite seasonings for your homemade Tater' Bites?


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    Comments 11 Comments
    1. mechelle's Avatar
      mechelle -
      Just wanted to say my family loves these. I made them 2 weeks ago with chicken tenders for the kids dinner one night that the DH was going to be late coming in from the road. I even hated tater tots before trying these, the poor kids never got them at home because I hated them just that much. Now we are having them again tonight and I will definitely be making extras to freeze and reheat for my lunches during the school weeks.
    1. lucygoose's Avatar
      lucygoose -
      I've made these too... my only suggestion is to slightly undercook the potatoes, or it's easy to end up with mashed potatoes instead.
    1. lala72's Avatar
      lala72 -
      I think I'll make these to go with our chicken tonight. Yum!
    1. vaqueen4's Avatar
      vaqueen4 -
      This one i'm going to put on to do list. can't wait to try them.:cook2
    1. violetgypsie's Avatar
      violetgypsie -
      When the recipes calls for cooked and peeled potatoes, what exactly is that? Is it a baked potato that has been peeled or boiled potatoes like you would make before you mash them for mashed potatoes or? What level of cooked-ness are we aiming for? Thanks for any info, I don't usually make things like this but I know everyone in the house would love these.
    1. Chelliemcg's Avatar
      Chelliemcg -
      I'm curious also, why wouldn't you shred them raw?
    1. GrammyNancy's Avatar
      GrammyNancy -
      sounds yummy I love make at home recipes. Everything you make from home eliminates more chemicals out of your daily life.
    1. damialyon's Avatar
      damialyon -
      I am going to make these tomorrow!
      They sound so good and I hate to buy them unless they are on sale, in a moment of weakness!! Great idea and I love any reason to use my Antique Ricer!! Thanks so much.
    1. wollner's Avatar
      wollner -
      Sound so easy to make, will try them.Thanks
    1. Da1031ELF's Avatar
      Da1031ELF -
      I wonder if a Sweet potato or a Yam would work...
      I ALSO want to know why we couldn't just Shred up the Raw taters.
    1. Lakotaweon's Avatar
      Lakotaweon -
      I printed this one out and will try it tonight with the mashed potato's from last night. will keep you posted!
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