Crunchy Tator Tots

Leanne D.


My neighbor gave me this recipe when I told her I have never had a tator tot. She couldn't believe it! Nope! I've never had one. My Mother did not buy premade food like that when I was growing up,I never bought a lot of remade food items for my family,so I never had one.She makes a tator tot casserole she says I should try.She says these are delicious,she serves them with sirachi mayo for her and her husband,her son likes catsup.


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6 dozen
Deep Fry


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    6 medium potatoes,peeled
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    1/2 c all purpose flour
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    1 large egg,lightly beaten
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    1 1/2 t. salt
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    1/4 t. black pepper
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    1-2 c oil,for frying

How to Make Crunchy Tator Tots


  1. In a large size sauce pan or Dutch oven, place peeled potatoes with water and bring to a rapid boil un-covered, cook the potatoes until slightly fork tender, but still firm in the center, (about 15 to 20 minutes).
    Let potatoes cool completely, then grate them using a cheese grater or food mill, you can also smash them with a fork for a more lumpy texture.
    Add the flour, egg, salt and pepper and mix by gently folding until completely combined.
    Form into small 1 inch balls, and then shape them into a small size barrel shapes, (pictured).
    Place them in the freezer for about 1 hour to let them cool completely and firm up.
    Heat the oil in a large size skillet, Dutch oven or fryer to 350 degrees F. and then fry the cooled tots until golden brown on all sides, (about 2 to 3 minutes). Drain excess oil on paper towels.
    You can freeze the tots after frying. (If you are planning on freezing for a later time, don’t fry tots completely golden brown, you can brown them to perfection later in the oven). Place into a freezer zip-lock bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
    Remove from the freezer when you need them and bake on a greased cookie sheet in a 400 degree F. oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
    Makes about 6 dozen 1 1/2 inch tots.

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About Crunchy Tator Tots

Course/Dish: Potatoes
Main Ingredient: Potatoes
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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