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Effortless DIY Tater Tots Recipe for Your Whole Family

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Takeaway:

French fries might be the main attraction for many but tater tots are the underrated, unsung hero of the potato family. They are nothing less than delicious. What makes them even better is that you don’t have to go out to enjoy them. You can make them from the comfort of your own home.

What are Tater Tots?

Tater tots are basically potatoes that have been cut up into bite sized pieces. They can be baked, fried, or cooked in an air fryer. Just know that if you are getting tater tots at a fast food place, they are most likely going to be fried, just like a french fry would. This is why making them at home is a healthier option. 

Tater Tots vs Fries: What’s the Difference

The main difference between tater tots and fries are the way they are cut. Fries are sliced, while tater tots are in smaller, bite sized pieces. Also, tater tots are coated in a breading that often consists of flour.

Which is Healthier?

Deciphering which one is healthier is difficult to do. This is because they can both be fried, but they can also both be baked or air fryer cooked. There are alternatives that exist now that did not exist before. Mainly, you can expect tater tot calories to be on par with the amount of calories in french fries.

Are Tater Tots Gluten-Free?

Tater tots can be gluten-free. However, they usually are not. This is because of the breading. They are often made with things like wheat flour and other gluten derivatives. You need to make a conscious effort to seek out tater tots that are gluten-free.

Variations of Tater Tots

There are very healthy ways you can make tater tots. You can even make air fryer tater tots. This reduces the oil and eliminates the frying process. 

Other variations of tater tots include veggie tots. There are several different vegetables that are used in order to create tots from ingredients other than potatoes

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Loaded Tater Tots

Loaded tater tots are a delicious choice when you are looking for something with a bit more substance. Consider adding the following to the top of them:

  • Shredded cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Green onions
  • Bacon

Veggie Tots

Are you looking for a healthier alternative to the typical potato tater tot? Then you are in luck. There are other forms of tater tots (such as broccoli tots), that can be just as delicious. Consider making the following veggie tater totsveggie tots:

  • Broccoli Tater Tots
  • Cauliflower Tater Tots
  • Mixed Vegetable Tater Tots
  • Zucchini Tater Tots
  • Sweet Potato Tater Tots

Recommended Dishes

Tater tots can be served as a side to many incredible meals. This includes sandwiches, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, etc. They can also be used to make a delicious casserole. Either with a breakfast theme (including eggs), or with a dinner theme (including hamburger). Tater tots are a versatile food you are sure to love.

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Tater Tots

Making tater tots at home is much easier than you might think. The best part about making them at home is that you get to choose which ingredients you use and whether you bake or fry them. There is a lot more control in deciding which types of nutrients you are going to feed to your family.

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Prep Time:

10 minutes

Cooking Time:

15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 large potatoes
  • 1/2 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Choice of cooking oil (vegetable, canola, etc)

Instructions:

Step 1: Begin by preheating the oven to 400°F (204°C).
Step 2: Peel the potatoes.
Step 3: Place the potatoes into boiling water.
Step 4: Allow the potatoes to boil until you are able to barely put a fork through them. (Don’t let them become too done, or else they will be mushy.)
Step 5: Use a ricer to finely shape the potatoes while they are still hot, fresh out of the pot.
Step 6: Add flour, salt, and pepper to a frying pan. Add 1/4 of an inch of the oil you prefer to cook with. Bring to a medium heat.
Step 7: Form the potatoes into small balls before dropping them into the frying pan. Allow them to become slightly golden.
Step 8: Take the potatoes out of the frying pan and drain them on paper towels.
Step 9: Bake the tater tots in a single layer on a greased sheet for about 15 minutes. (You can also freeze the potatoes at this point, prior to baking, in order to use them for later.)

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Recipe

Calories

Total Fat

Cholesterol

Sodium

Potassium

Protein

Tater Tots

130
8g
0mg
430mg
0g
1g

Recipe

Tater Tots

Calories

130

Total Fat

8g

Cholesterol

0mg

Sodium

430mg

Potassium

0g

Protein

1g
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