Bacon & Cheese Wrapped Tater Tots with Tabasco

Raven Higheagle

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@ravenhigheagle

This appetizer rocks. It’s easy to assemble, it’s kid-friendly, and football fans will devour these in no time at all. In our house, the hands-down favorite was the variation where you roll the original in brown sugar before baking. The flavors of sweet, smoky, and spicy were a delicious combination.

Rating:
☆☆☆☆☆ 0 votes
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Serves:
Makes 48
Prep:
25 Min
Cook:
15 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

48
tater tots, partially defrosted (about 15 minutes at room temperature)
24 slice
center-cut bacon, cut in half
48 small
chunks of sharp cheddar cheese (1/2-inch x 1/4-inch)
tabasco sauce
brown sugar, for rolling
48
toothpicks

Step-By-Step

1Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with nonstick spray.
2Lay out a half-slice of bacon on a working surface.
3Place a partially defrosted tater tot onto the bacon.
4Cut a slit into the center of the tater tot.
5Slide a chunk of sharp cheddar cheese into the middle.
6Give it a good sprinkle of Tabasco Sauce.
7Wrap the bacon tightly around.
8Roll in brown sugar
9Secure with a toothpick and place on a baking sheet.
10Bake for about 15 minutes, until tater tots are cooked through and bacon is crispy. Drain on paper towels to rid these little bites of any excess fat.
11Serve immediately!
12TIPS:
Tater tots are found in the frozen section- Ore Ida makes them.
13Variations:
Add a piece of pickle on top of the cheese.
14Roll the bacon-wrapped tater tot in brown sugar before baking to add a little sweet flavor to this (my favorite way to make these)- just make sure you don’t over-bake them though or the sugar will make them burn.
15Try replacing the cheddar cheese with cream cheese and a piece of pepperoncini.
16Make ahead tip:
Assemble these a few hours ahead, place them on a baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and bake when ready.
17Try serving them up with a spicy sour cream dip- sour cream mixed with a little bit of Tabasco sauce.