Homemade Tater Tots

Homemade tater tots you say? Why yes, I said it. I’m a huge fan of tater tots, and have always been. As a matter of fact, I used to make tater tot nachos back in high school, and that is probably when I began falling in love with them. The standard around my house has always been french fries, for the most part, and then I began incorporating tater tots into the menu from time to time to see if my kids would like them as much as my wife and I do. I’ll admit, they are a bit neutral when it comes to the tater tot, and as I want to keep pushing them into loving them, I decided to make an attempt at making them myself.

Homemade Tater Tots Recipe

I only did this as we were completely out of frozen tater tots, however I did have some potatoes sitting around. I was up for trying to recreate the classic tater tot, and I think I did them just right.

Let’s get started.

  • 3 cups of Canola oil
  • 4 russet potatoes, peeled and cleaned
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • additional salt for seasoning

Add the oil to a medium pot and bring to a medium heat.

Start by grating your potatoes with a box grater. Use the course grate, and carefully grate the potatoes into a large bowl.

Once your potatoes are completely grated, get a large, clean kitchen towel out and dump the potatoes into the towel. Fold over all of the edges, and ring out all of the moisture from the potatoes. Amazing right? Who would have thought there would be that much liquid coming out of those potatoes!

how to make tater tots

Add the potatoes back to the bowl.  Add in the seasonings, flour, and egg. Mix well until you have a glue like texture.

To form your tater tots, take a little over a tablespoon of the potato mixture and shape it into the shape of a tater tot. There’s no science to this one, so if you want to form them into various shapes, feel free. Repeat this until all of the tots have been formed.

Once the oil is heated to 350 degrees, carefully add a few of the tots into the oil. I used a couple of spoons to carefully place them in the oil.

Cook the tots until they are golden brown, then remove them with a slotted spoon or kitchen spider, and sprinkle a bit of salt onto them. Repeat this with the rest of the tots.

I’ll admit that these tots surprised me a bit. They were everything you would expect in a tater tot but a bit more dense than a traditional Ore Ida tater tot. Overall, my wife and I were pleased, and the kids were still neutral. Go figure. So if you are in a pinch and need to make some tater tots, give this one a shot.

Homemade Tater Tots
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups of Canola oil
  • 4 russet potatoes, peeled and cleaned
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • ½ cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • additional salt for seasoning
Instructions
  1. Add the oil to a medium pot and bring to a medium heat.
  2. Start by grating your potatoes with a box grater. Use the course grate, and carefully grate the potatoes into a large bowl.
  3. Once your potatoes are completely grated, get a large, clean kitchen towel out and dump the potatoes into the towel. Fold over all of the edges, and ring out all of the moisture from the potatoes. Amazing right? Who would have thought there would be that much liquid coming out of those potatoes!
  4. Add the potatoes back to the bowl. Add in the seasonings, flour, and egg. Mix well until you have a glue like texture.
  5. To form your tater tots, take a little over a tablespoon of the potato mixture and shape it into the shape of a tater tot. There's no science to this one, so if you want to form them into various shapes, feel free. Repeat this until all of the tots have been formed.
  6. Once the oil is heated to 350 degrees, carefully add a few of the tots into the oil. I used a couple of spoons to carefully place them in the oil.
  7. Cook the tots until they are golden brown, then remove them with a slotted spoon or kitchen spider, and sprinkle a bit of salt onto them. Repeat this with the rest of the tots.

 

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

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