Tuesday, August 11, 2009


This recipe is one the kids will get a kick out of...home made tater tots!! Super quick and simple to make, they are a mixture of chopped potatoes, shredded cheddar, egg, flour, seasonings and fried crisp in a little oil. They are excellent dipped in your favorite barbecue or ranch dressing...inexpensive too!!

2 medium Russet potatoes (see note)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (don't pack)
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 beaten egg

Peel and cube potatoes into your food processor bowl. Pulse them a few times but don't chop them so fine that they become mush. 

In a bowl, mix the chopped potatoes & 1 cup of loosely packed shredded cheddar cheese. Thoroughly mix in the flour (make sure everything is coated). Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Let this mixture sit for about 5 minutes before you fry them. Heat 1/2" vegetable oil to 375.

Scoop spoonfuls of the potato mixture and compress it a little with your fingers while it is on the spoon. Push the "tater tot" off of the spoon (gently) into the shallow (hot) vegetable oil. Fry until golden brown (about 2 minutes per side). Season with salt while still hot.

NOTE: For those of you who live in Alaska, I don't think our Alaska potatoes would work very well in this recipe (the hold too much water and won't crisp up). Recipe calls for Russet (or baking potatoes).
NOTE: For a variation, I am going to try pepper Jack cheese in this recipe instead of the cheddar. I'll let you know how it goes.


Katy ~ said...

Coleen, I absolutely MUST make your tater tots. Oh my gosh, we would be mad for those!!

I really like the use of a the smaller pan for your dessert. It makes it look so abundant and lush! Just when you think you can't improve on perfection,you found a way to make it better. Very well done!!

Denise said...

My kids have just started to loike tater tots so these are a must at my home.

Barbara Bakes said...

Oh my, homemade tater tots - you definitely deserve the tasty award!

Debbie said...

My son and husand would go crazy over these. I've never seen a homemade version before! Thanks Coleen!

girlichef said...

We are a potato lovin' family...these will go over very well! And yummy updates on your strawberry dessert :) ...and nice collage!

Finsmom said...

Home made tator tots!!! Where has this recipe been all my life? :)

I just added you to the "blogs to check out" section of my blog. Love your blog!

Romney Family said...

Those Tater tots look so tasty I am going to have to try them. thanks for sharing!!!

Krystal said...

Mmm, tator tots sound so good now! and that strawberry pie looks wonderful too!

Ingrid said...

Those tater tots look excellent! I'm certain that my kids would love this. Hey, do you think I could make "batter" and leave it to fry the nexy day? I ask because the kids have to leave for practices after I get home. So I was thinking perhaps I could make it the night before and then fry it once we get home?

Congrats on your award! Also, I love that second photo collage!!

betty r said...

Home made tator tots..you say for kids?? I'm just as ready to have these as any kid! `smile`
Dessert looks delicious too. I'm all for tweaking recipes..is there any other way??

Katherine Aucoin said...

your homemade tater tot recipe has me ga-ga! This would be perfect with the chicken I am going to prepare tonight.

Congrats on your award Coleen, you have a wonderful blog!

Monica H said...

I've never seen or even thought of making homemade toater tots!

Congrats on your award!

Leslie said...

congrats on your well deserved award.
And I must say those tater tots look dangerously good

Susan @ SGCC said...

How funny! I just made homemade tater tots a few weeks ago! Great minds think alike! I think I like yours better though. I made mine in mini muffin cups so they don't look as authentic as yours. Yours look amazing!

You'll have to let me know what you think of mine when I get around to posting them. :)

Cheryl said...

Ohh yum, this girl would love them! I have often thought of what I could use when I am out of tator tots!