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Tator Tots for dinner tonight!

chef chicklet Feb 12, 2007 02:30 PM

If anyone cares to read my profile they will see I have a special affinity for the potato.It doesn't matter how you fix it or slice it, I love them. I am going to make dinner in a little while and I just remembered that I have tator tots in the freezer. Yahoo!

I really think I'm a pretty decent cook and I have tried my hand with all types of ethnic, and international dishes. But tonight I want comfort food, and a tator tot casserole recipe given to me by a wonderful coworker years ago is calling my name.

I thought it would be fun to ask all of you, "So what do you do with Tator Tots?"

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    rtmonty Feb 12, 2007 03:29 PM

    EAT THEM!!!! I'm suer lot's of 'hounds would turn their noses up at a plate of tots, but every once in awhile, I gotta have some. Oh, and bring on the ketchup.

    1. Candy Feb 12, 2007 03:44 PM

      Try my homemade version. I was kind of lax in my directirons but just fold the bacon bits (or not if you don't want them) in after preparing the batter and chopping the potatoes. Bake in mini-muffin cups as bites or in regular muffing tins as a side

      1. mtngirlnv Feb 12, 2007 03:49 PM

        I have a completely white bread version of Shepherd's Pie that involves Tater Tots. About once a year, I make a small single version for myself. One of my guilty pleasures!

        1. orangewasabi Feb 12, 2007 03:58 PM

          oh man, I am single this week and am going to have to do a tater tot night after reading this. is your tatertot casserole like the hashbrown casserole (sour cream, cream of mushroom soup, cheese)

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          1. re: orangewasabi
            mtngirlnv Feb 13, 2007 07:51 AM

            What I do is layer tater tots, browned hamburger, frozen yellow corn and cheddar cheese-in that order. Over the years, I've added tabasco or red pepper flakes, but it tastes better if you add those after it comes out of the oven. 30 minutes at 350.

            1. re: mtngirlnv
              chef chicklet Feb 13, 2007 08:07 AM

              Is this a casserole? Do you add anything to "bind" like a canned soup? Or treated like a munchie?

              1. re: mtngirlnv
                orangewasabi Feb 13, 2007 08:24 AM

                sweet gods, those are all my favourite things!
                so just add enough chedder to bind it then? I guess, with melted cheese, more is better anyway.

                yeep, that's dinner tonight.

                1. re: orangewasabi
                  mtngirlnv Feb 13, 2007 03:29 PM

                  More IS better, but mostly on top. I hope you enjoyed it!

            2. wyf4lyf Feb 12, 2007 05:18 PM

              Sometimes we make "nachos" out of them with lots of melted cheese, sour cream, salsa and hot sauce. I love them plain, with salt and Sriracha sauce.

              1. revsharkie Feb 12, 2007 05:22 PM

                plain with salt & sriracha for me too.

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                  nc213 Feb 12, 2007 06:04 PM

                  I just dip them in ketchup, but someone I know "injects" the ketchup by piercing the end of the tot with the ketchup squirt bottle, leaving a drop inside each. She says it's a common practice.

                  1. kare_raisu Feb 12, 2007 06:34 PM

                    I love the onion tater tots- I smoosh them into the ketchup.

                    1. ipsedixit Feb 12, 2007 08:52 PM

                      I love tater tots.

                      Eat them straight up with ketchup.

                      Brings back fond memories of grade school cafeteria euphoria ...

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                        LStaff Feb 13, 2007 07:06 AM

                        Deep fried with ketchup and on the side - a juicy burger. yum.

                        1. marmite Feb 13, 2007 07:12 AM

                          Extra crispy with mayo- ketchup mix. :) Not everyone's cup of tea, but it dates back to grade school, when they had a jar of ketchup, a jar of mustard and a jar of 'steak sauce' on the counter- 'steak sauce' apparently being a euphemism for mayo and ketchup mixed together. Extra- fattening and yummy.

                          1. chef chicklet Feb 13, 2007 08:23 AM

                            The recipe I was given called for frozen mixed vegetables, and to add the tater tots frozen. I changed it a bit for our tastes but this is one of the recipes that can have many variations.
                            1lb ground beef - low fat or use turkey
                            brocolli a large head of flowerttes
                            3T Sherry
                            1 cup cheddar
                            1 pk onion soup mix
                            1 can cream of mushroom
                            1/2 cup milk low fat is fine
                            1 small pack of tater tots
                            1/2 medium onion
                            2 cloves garlic sliced

                            Steam the brocolli flowerettes for about 5 minutes
                            Cook the ground beef with onion and garlic drain the fat
                            Mix together, soup mix, soup, milk and sherry add salt and pepper and taste
                            Brown the tater tots on a cookie sheet golden brown
                            Mix the soup and ground meat together
                            Pour 2/3 of the mix into a casserole deep casserole, place the broccoli on top, and then
                            pour the remaining ground beef/soup mix over the flowettes. Top with the cooked tater tots
                            and then cover with a lid. bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes - remove the lid, top with cheese, and then cook another 5-8 minutes until the cheese in melted. Serves 6
                            Add a green salad for an easy dinner!

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                            1. re: chef chicklet
                              pilotgirl210 Feb 13, 2007 08:27 AM

                              Rachael Ray on a show recently took bacon strips, cut them in half and wrapped each tater tot in a half strip of bacon, secured by a toothpick. Then she either baked or broiled them, can't remember which, but she was getting raves over them. I made a mental note to give them a try.

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