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It’s really strange how “tater tots” has become what we call these small packages of potato goodness, baked or fried to a crispy outside with a fluffy inside….sort of a short, fat french fry. No matter what they are called by their individual manufacturers, all of us call them “tater tots”. We are probably breaking a dozen copyright laws somehow, but we’re rebels and still do it.
We went shopping last week for groceries and Costco had “everything but the bagel” seasoning. Very exciting. I bet you can figure out where this is going. That’s correct – tots with everything but the bagel seasoning. Oh my goodness!
- 4 potatoes, I suggest russets. The ones I used stayed quite moist after the parboil and they were sticky.
- 4 TB Everything but the Bagel seasoning
- 1 egg
- 2-3 TB flour
I sliced the potatoes into thick rounds, popped them into a saucepan and boiled them until a knife (or fork) goes in fairly easily. You don’t want the potatoes fully cooked but a little softer than raw. 5 minutes or so of boiling.
Drain the potatoes and let them cool enough you don’t burn your fingers when you handle them. Grate them.
I tried to grate mine and they were so sticky they wouldn’t come off the grater. I then tried the food processor and they just gummed up, so I had to slice them all down to smaller pieces and then mash roughly. Whatever works, right? 🙂
Mix in your flour, spice and egg really, really well.
Make yourself some tot-like logs of potato goodness. About 2 inches long by about 1 inch around.
These can be cooked a couple of ways. I chose the air fryer – spray the cooking racks with non-stick spray and fill them with tots. When ready, bake them at 300F for 40 minutes (my air fryer is new, I was nervous) or 350F for 20 minutes or so, depending on your fryer’s power.
You could bake these in the oven and I would put them in at 350F for about 20 minutes.
You could also fry these guys in some oil, probably for about 10 minutes.
These would be amazing with a little chunk of cheese in each one. The melty cheese would be messy but so good. Perhaps next time.
If you wanted these more brown, spray the tops with the non stick spray.