Tater tots were a staple food in most of my friend’s 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. Homemade tater tots are really easy to make and have a better texture than the store-bought ones that are often laden with unnecessary sugar and preservatives.
Before we start this recipe, we’re 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.
A Lesson in Potatoes
There are 2 Categories of potatoes- Mealy and Waxy.
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.
8 med. Waxy potatoes, cooked and peeled
4 rounded tbsp. flour
1 tsp. salt
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 a 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 a single layer on a baking sheet at 400F till crispy
Optional Flavor Add-ins/ Variations:
- 1 Tbs Fresh Chopped Chives
- 1 Tbs. Chipotle Pepper
- 1 finely chopped jalapeno (seeds removed!)
What are your favorite seasonings for your homemade Tater’ Bites?
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