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Make Your Own Tater Tots


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I’m constantly on the quest to make my own of whatever I usually buy in the canned food or frozen sections of the grocery store. One by one, I’m making my way down the list!

The latest I’ve tried and really loved was homemade tater tots. John (SO) always makes homemade fries, they’re better than McD’s. But tater tots are just a little different — I don’t know why, they’re both potatoes, and I like them better! There’s different ways to making tots, but I’m making these ones with partially cooked potatoes – and adding a little cheese.

Cover potatoes with water; bring to boil, reduce to simmer. Cook for about 20 minutes until tender but not done.

Take out of water, let cool until they’re able to be handled and peel. It’s much easier to peel after they’re cooked and you don’t waste any potato.

Grate the potato. This is why I peeled them. Normally I leave the peel on potatoes, but they just didn’t want to go through the grater.

These 3 potatoes gave me 3 cups of shredded potatoes. Add cheese and 1 teaspoon seasoning salt (I use my homemade no-salt version) and stir together.

Roll into balls, ovals, whatever shape you want — as big or as small as you’d like.

Place onto a sheet and refrigerate for about 1/2 hour. I got 21 balls — a bit bigger than a store bought tater tot — out of these 3 potatoes.

Combine flour and another teaspoon seasoning salt.

Dredge the tots through the flour, just lightly rolling around.

Place in hot oil, cooking until nice golden brown and crispy. The potato is cooked, we’re only looking to get the outside browned and crisped. Make sure your oil is hot to begin with or they won’t crisp and will fall apart from the potato getting too done and mushy.

There you go! Homemade Cheesy Tater Tots — not much time and oh so much better than even Ore Ida!

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Cindy blogs at Chippewa Creek ~ Our Life Simplified.

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  1. 9-25

    Those look soooo yummy! Bet you could make a bunch and freeze part of them, too.

  2. 9-25

    I wonder if you could bake them?

  3. 9-25

    LOL!!! I’m going to be doing experiments now. Freeze then deep fry, bake, freeze then bake.

    I wouldn’t think there would be an issue freezing. Just put them on a tray to individually freeze, then put all of them in a bag.

    Baking…before the flour step? I’m not sure if the flour would bake or not?

    Anyone else with ideas on this?

  4. 9-25

    I was thinking the same as Melinda. Thinking skip the flour, roll in dry breadcrumbs. Flash freeze then bag?

  5. 2-25

    I just knew this was possible! We live overseas and I miss tater tots ’cause, like you said, french fries are not the same!
    Re: freezing. Many times potatoes do not freeze well. They can turn brown or get mushy. These might work since they are partially cooked, but my cookbooks on make ahead meals advise not to freeze potatoes. It might also affect the taste, making the starch turn sugary. If you want to bake them, I would not use flour, but rather bread crumbs. Just my opinion.

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