Tuesday tater tot time!
Sometimes you just want a tater tot. So what are you to do about it? Well I fought off the feeling for far too long (why? I do not know) and finally gave in got my shit together, got some potatoes, and made the tots. And then I was happy.
What was taking me so long? Tater tots are freaking good.
These are nothing like those tots that were served in the lunch room cafeteria that we all know and loved. No these are sooooo much better, and probably (definitely ) way way healthier too cause they are baked, not fried. And to make'em even better, after making the tater tot tower you're ready to eat, you can eat them up with whatever dippy type thing you can think of. Sure you could go with straight up ketchup (me, not a fan) or you could go nuts and make a big bowl of guacamole, grab the mustard and the hot sauce, and do that. Tater tots go so well with all sorts of stuff. (I was even thinking peanut butter but stopped myself for the time being)
. Next time I make them, I am so going to make a tater tot castle!
The stuff. Potatoes (duh), an onion, garlic powder, olive oil, and salt and pepper.
First thing to do is boil the potatoes...just a bit. Cut each potato into 4 wedges and stick into a big pot full of cold water, salted water. Stick pot on the stove ans bring to a boil, then turn heat down a little and continue to cook the potatoes until they are just barely for tender. Strain from the water and set aside to cool.
Once the potatoes have cooled off enough where you can handle them, grab a grate and grate them all up, along with the onion. ME, trying to use the least amount of dishes possible, I just grated it all onto the baking sheet that I was using to bake the tots off.... Worked like a charm. And once your taters and onion are grated, sprinkle in the garlic powder, a good amount of salt ans pepper ans drizzle it all with a little bit of olive oil. Mix it all around (I used my hands but a fork would work) and if you are using the baking sheet , just push the mound to one side.
And start forming the taters into tots.... Just grab a handful and squeeze it together into a tot shape.
Note. Have a dish towel close by to wipe your hands when they get to starchy... the tots stick together better when made with dry hands.
Tots ready for the oven. Bakes for 30-35 minutes at 400.. Flip after about 20 minutes.
Golden brown, all crispy an tot like. Ready for your eating pleasure.
Plate them up, serve with your favorite condiments (try guacamole , mustard and hot sauce) and eat them. Eat them all.
Oven Baked Tater Tots
- 2 big russet potatoes
- 1 sweet yellow onion
- 1 tablespoon or so garlic powder
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
Slice the potatoes lengthwise into quarters and place into a pot of cold, salted water, making sure the potatoes are completely submerged. Bring the potatoes to a boil then turn heat to medium and keep boiling until the potatoes are just barely fork tender., like 8-10 minutes. Drain the potatoes and let them cool.
Preheat oven to 400
Once cooled, grate the potato, along with the onion into a bowl or onto a baking sheet. Sprinkle with the garlic powder, add a good amount of salt ans pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Toss around until its evenly coated then start forming the mixture into tots. Place the tots on a baking sheet and once all the tots are formed ans ready to go, stick into the oven. Bake for about 20 minutes, remove, flip them over, then continue to bake for another 10-15 until they are all nice and golden brown.
Remove from oven, grab your favorite condiments and eat right away.