I love the idea of homemade anything … especially tater tots. I prefer tater tots to french fries any day. I think it’s a texture thing. Anyway, we already make homemade fries, so why not expand that to include homemade tater tots? It’s just a natural progression if you ask me.
Homemade Tater Tots
8 medium potatoes , cooked, peeled, and hot
1 tablespoon flour
1 dash pepper
1 teaspoon salt or 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
2 tablespoons finely minced onions (optional) – or you can use 1-2 teaspoons onion powder
canola oil or vegetable oil for frying
Finely shred or use a ricer while potatoes are still hot.
Stir in flour, salt, pepper and onion (if using).
Heat 1/4-in oil in heavy pan.
Form into small balls and drop in oil; fry until slightly golden.
Drain on paper towels, then freeze for tater tot casseroles or to serve alone.
When ready to serve, remove from freezer.
Bake in single layers on a greased baking sheet; at 400 degrees until desired doneness.
Note: One comment I read suggested putting the potato mixture into a pastry sleeve with the end snipped off and piped the potato mixture into a log, which she then cut in half. This might be a little easier than forming potato balls.