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Tater Tots



Tater tots are grated potatoes formed into small cylinders and deep-fried, often served as a side dish. The name "tater tot" is a registered trademark of the American frozen food company Ore-Ida, but is often used as a generic term. "Tater" is short for potato.

Tater tots were invented in 1953 when American frozen food company Ore-Ida founders were trying to figure out what to do with leftover slivers of cut-up potatoes. Today, Americans consume approximately 70,000,000 pounds of Tater Tots, or 3,710,000,000 Tots per year. [Wikipedia]


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INGREDIENTS

Yield: About 40 tots

  • 2 pounds new potatoes, left unpeeled

  • 1 tablespoon potato starch or cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon pepper

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • Canola or other neutral oil

PREPARATION

  1. Scrub potatoes and cut into large chunks. Place in a medium pot covered with cold water and bring to a boil. Parboil potatoes until tender, drain them and let them cool slightly. Grate potatoes in a food processor, then squeeze out excess liquid.

  2. Place potatoes in a large bowl and use a light hand to mix with potato starch or cornstarch, salt, pepper and garlic powder.

  3. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Meanwhile, add canola oil to a depth of ½ inch in a heavy-bottomed skillet set over medium heat.

  4. When oil is hot, form thumb-size balls of the potato mixture and fry until golden, about 15 seconds per side.

  5. Drain on paper towels, and let tots cool. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet, transfer to oven and bake until crisp, about 10 to 20 minutes, turning once.

 




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