Homemade Baked Tater Tots

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I saw versions of these babies floating around the internet and over the weekend, I finally gave them a whirl!

Not to shabby if I say so myself! Store bought tater tots are the obvious easy option, but they are fried an filled with lots of preservatives. {Not so yummy.} So I made a healthier version that uses up left over baked potatoes that you make into the tater tot shape and coat in crushed potato chips. Still trying to get that overall ‘fried’ flavor without all the calories.

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I did not have high hopes for these but for being healthy and using leftovers I had in the fridge, they turned out great! Especially with ketchup. YUM. {I ate half of these myself….not even kidding.} The only thing I would suggest you all do is add more salt. I thought the chips were really salty and would impart their flavor more then they actually did….but that didn’t happen. So, after they are baked, try one and if they taste bland, add more salt. Other then that, you should be good to go! Time consuming, but VERY economical and healthy! {Most things that are economical and healthy tend to be time consuming…typical!}

So if you have some extra time on your hands {and little ones to keep busy}, these would be a great activity. Plus you end up with a great snack or side dish!
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Hope you all had a great weekend!

 

Homemade Baked Tater Tots
yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients:

for the filling-
4 medium baked potatoes, chilled
1 egg
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup grated onion

for the coating-
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
2 cups crushed plain potato chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray baking sheet with non stick cooking spray and set aside.

Peel cold baked potatoes and grate into large bowl. Using a fork, stir in egg, butter, salt, pepper and onion until completely combined. Set aside.

Prepare coating by whisking egg and milk in one shallow dish and spreading crushed potato chips in another shallow dish.

To form tater tots, take 1 tablespoon of filling and form into a small cylinder {tater tot shape}. Coat in egg and milk mixture and then roll in crushed chips. Place on baking sheet. Continue this process until all filling has been coated and turned into tater tots.

Bake for 20-30 minutes. Serve hot.

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16 Responses to “Homemade Baked Tater Tots”

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    Kim Delaney — July 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    WOW – these sound so yummy and easy to make. Can’t wait to try them!

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    • Lauren — July 26th, 2011 @ 3:47 am

      Let me know how they turn out!

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    Blog is the New Black — July 25, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Love this idea! YUM!

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    • Lauren — July 26th, 2011 @ 3:48 am

      Thanks, lady! :)

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    Marilyn Brennan — July 25, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    These were very delicious, Lauren! A great idea, as usual!

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — July 25, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Ok now this is a great idea! I love it! Adore making typically unhealthy recipes healthy! Cute pic too :)

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    • Lauren — July 26th, 2011 @ 3:47 am

      Thanks Rachel! I feel bad serving my daughter food that I know contains products and preservatives I can’t pronounce!

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    Kathleen — July 26, 2011 at 12:22 am

    I love tater tots! Homemade tater tots sound incredible!

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    • Lauren — July 26th, 2011 @ 3:48 am

      Thanks, Kathleen! They were pretty tasty!

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    Katrina — July 26, 2011 at 5:11 am

    These look amazing. Yum!

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    Gillian — July 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Wow, what a great idea! These look yummy :) (And what a perfect way to use up those partial bags of potato chips that I would otherwise end up eating plain…. )

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    • Lauren — July 26th, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

      I always have half eaten bags of potato chips around! Maybe I should try using the BBQ ones next time!

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    Sasha @ The Procrastobaker — July 26, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Living in the UK, ive never had tater tots sadly, but these look absolutely delicious and utterly addictive i bet :) one day maybe i will recreate the recipe myself and discover exactly what they are like! (love your photos too, spesh that 2nd one :) yummy!)

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    • Lauren — July 26th, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

      Oh, you must make them! And come to America to try them too!

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    Peggy — February 13, 2012 at 6:50 am

    These look SO good and are definitely on my must-try list! Do you think you’d be able to freeze them and re-heat? They would make such a great lunch side for kids, and if they were already done, even better! :o)

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    Morgan Klee — June 19, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    These were amazing! I substituted half of the chips with crushed cornflakes to cut some fat. Ended up with some extra coating. Will make again!

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