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Homemade tater tots

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Potatoes are an amazing food. Not only do they taste good, but they are extremely versatile. Potatoes can be a side dish or a main course. They can be served baked, fried, mashed, boiled, or steamed. They compliment any meat, and have the ability to be the star vegetable or the reliable back up number. But no matter what, it can always be agreed that potatoes, whether dressed up with butter, cream, and cheese or dressed down with only a bit of salt, are definitely a comfort food.

One of the most classic and comforting forms of the potato is the tater tot. These bite size morsels of greasy, crunchy potato goodness deliver smile after smile. But having to rely on the frozen and bagged variety of tot can be disheartening. With many people looking for homemade versions of everything from bread to deodorant, it seems only natural that frozen tater tots should be second guessed.

In playing with this recipe, I found that frying the tots was the best way to insure a crisp and crunchy exterior with a gooey potato center, but I prefer the baked version for health reasons. Rest assured, you can do either method of cooking that suits you and your dietary needs.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 1/4 stick of butter
  • 1/3 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • salt to taste

Peel and dice your potatoes, place them in boiling water, and cook until soft. Drain the water, and then add the butter, cheese, sour cream, bread crumbs, and salt. Mix well. The potatoes should have a thick texture.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Using your hands, take around 1 tablespoon of the potatoes and roll into a ball. Coat it in corn starch and then bread crumbs and place onto a greased cooking sheet. Repeat until the potato mixture is gone.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes, until the tots start to brown.

Serve immediately or allow to cool and store in a container in the refrigerator for 3 or 4 days.

Makes about 30 tots.

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