Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Homemade Baked Tater Tots or Eggless Potato Bites

Eggless Potato Bites

I guess I'm a born late riser which always results in a rush at my home in the morning time. Due to my bad ass when I open my eyes most of the people around me are already off to their jobs. But I’m not allowed to afford the luxury of relaxing for the rest of the day on regular basis. But once a while I get those days when I feel like a queen and sip cups full of tea all day long. My simple luxury of life during monsoon. I love to spend those lazy rainy days on my balcony with a pot (not a cup only) of hot tea and some spicy homemade snacks.

Homemade Baked Tater Tots

Yesterday I was lucky enough to afford this kind of luxury. The Monday blue in my mind and the rain outside extended the ‘thing’ a step ahead. I wasn't in mood to go to the kitchen but also I had nothing to have with tea. So I thought to make some fresh tater tots which tastes absolutely divine with my spicy tea. Being a lazy bum I had no intention to fry those tater tots by standing hrs in front of the stove top. So I simply baked them. Thus they became healthy with no oil.

For those who has no idea what Tater tots are: Tater tots are fried small cylindrical potato bites which is a hot favorite snack in American cuisine. Traditionally thin grated potatoes are seasoned and shaped in small cylinders and they are deep fried and served, But in this Homemade Baked Tater tots processed seasoned smashed potatoes are shaped & coated with potato chips then baked in oven. 


Here is the simple recipe of Baked Tater Tots.

Homemade Eggless Baked Potato Bites

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins
Resting Time: 0 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 2 dozens

Ingredients:

Potato: 4 (large)
Potato chips:  150g
Butter: 2 tbsp, at room temperature Or, Cheddar cheese: 2 tbsp
Red chili powder: 1 tbsp
Ground black pepper: 1 tsp (optional)
Parmesan cheese: 3 tbsp (optional)
Salt to taste


Equipments:

Non-stick Baking pan
Large mixing bowl
Small oven proof bowl
Medium mixing bowl

Preparation:

Wash and clean the potatoes. Pat them dry with kitchen towel. Pierce the potatoes with a fork vigorously. Bake them in microwave for 5 mins on High (900W). Flip them and continue baking 4 mins more at same temperature. Allow the potatoes to cool down until they are cold enough to handle. Peel the potatoes and place them in a large mixing bowl. Smash the potatoes while they are still warm.


Melt butter in a small bowl and mix it with the smashed potatoes. If you are using mozzarella cheese, use them at this point. Smash the potatoes again with butter/cheese until the mixture is smooth and lump free.


Add salt, grounded black pepper. Adjust seasoning.


Add red chili powder and one final smash until everything is incorporated.


Take 2 tbsp of smashed potatoes, roll them into a cylinder. Do the same with rest of the smashed potato. Crush the potato chips into crumbs by using food processor. Take the crumbled chips in a bowl and roll the potato cylinders in it.


Preheat the oven to 1800C. Spray the baking pans with cooking oil. Arrange the tater tots in baking pan. Sprinkle little Parmesan cheese on top of tater tots and bake them at 1800C for 15 mins or until the color turns to golden brown.


Remove from oven immediately and serve hot with tomato ketchup or any hot sauce.


Homemade Baked Tater Tots

Have you done your tea yet?

13 comments:

  1. This looks really good, I have bookmarked it and will be making it soon during the month of Ramzan at the time we break our fasts.

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    1. It's a very good idea Absa. Hope you are have good time :)

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  2. wow lip smacking one n eggless too.. cant wait to bake it...

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  3. Bookmarked this.. A perfect evening snack.... Nice clicks.

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  4. Hi..tried your recipe today..but it didn't turn out like yours..taste wise it was okay as potato and cheese/butter can never go wrong but the texture was way too soft. I baked for 40 mins but the outer cover was not golden like yours. Is it because I pressure cooked the potatoes instead of baking them in oven?? Am wondering..please help..

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    1. Hi Ishani,

      I don't think pressure cooked potato is the problem. Use the upper most rack of the oven while baking. These are baked tater tots, don't expect them to be super crisp like deep fried ones. These will have crisp outer skin and very soft filling. Adjust the amount of butter/cheese according to your need. For the crisp outer skin roll the tater tots in crushed potato chips to coat well. You can also use crushed cornflakes or breadcrumbs. If you like them to be extra crisp, brush little oil on them and bake. Thus tater tots will be brown in color too. And don't forget to add chili flakes/chili powder to add the reddish tone. Hope these will help you :) ~Rimli

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  5. Hi Rimli,
    I will try again this weekend. Earlier I used crushed Lays potato chips for coating, this time I will try using Breadcrumbs. Also earlier I used my convection oven, this time I will try in conventional oven. One more thing I want to ask you is which cheese I should use Cheddar or Mozarella. In the ingredients section you have mentioned Cheddar whereas in the recipe part you have mentioned mozarella.

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    1. Hi Ishani,
      In this recipe I have mentioned cheese is optional. If you are not using butter, use cheddar cheese as replacement of butter. If you want to further enhance the taste, use little bit of mozzarella. This will give you all cheesy flavor.
      ~Rimli

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  6. Hi! I'm interested in making this recipe for my daughter but have a question. What exactly are the chips needed for? Do they serve as a filler/binder? If so, is there something else I could substitute for the chips? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Tyler,
      chips are for making the crust. A little crunch for your snack. You can use crushed cornflakes or breadcrumbs as well instead of the chips.

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  7. These sound so much nicer and more flavourful than store bought Tater Tots! Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe with the Hearth and Soul hop.

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