One of the things I like most about cooking for my kids is that I get to reminisce over certain foods that I grew up eating and now get to enjoy with my own kids. Take tater-tots for example. Even though I had this deathly fear of mashed potatoes, I for some reason or another “forgot” that fear when it came to tater-tots. Why I am not sure? If you really think about it a tater-tot is simply a formed mashed potato deep fried. Well. I guess that last word hit the nail on the head. It was deep fried. Who doesn’t go gaga over something fried- Am I Right?
Now some like their tots mushy, some like them slathered in ketchup , some like them as crunchy as possible and some, like yours truly, like them perfectly crispy on the outside but still very soft in the center with a dab of ketchup- a dab! I know what your thinking. I don’t have time to make fresh homemade tater-tots when I can just as easy pop in a bag from the freezer section. Yes, your right. It is much easier to pop in frozen store-bought tots but your wrong when you say you don’t have time. Let me break it down for you:
The next time you make mashed potatoes, make a extra helping and set aside for the next day. Whip in a lightly scrambled egg into the potatoes along with a few extra ingredients (see recipe list) and stick back in the refrigerator to firm up. Next take them out- form into small bite size squares, circles, rectangles, freakin triangles for all I care and place that cookie sheet covered in tots in the freezer. When they are just beginning to freeze up, pop them in a bag and zip tight. Label and then YES- the next time you need tater-tots by all means pop open that bag- that bag of course of HOMEMADE TATER TOTS!
Wanna know a little secret. My tater-tots have this amazing flavor that adds a hint of tangy spiciness that is hard to pinpoint unless you know what it is. The secret ingredient is Mustard! I am a huge fan of putting mustard in just about anything and tater-tots is no exception. The mustard adds a different dimension of flavor and turns the ordinary tot into an extraordinary one. Not just any mustard will do (and I don’t say that often but learn from my experience)- you must have Brown Mustard. My favorite is Saucy Mama’s Spicy Brown Mustard.
Do you have a favorite mustard? If so, what is it?
This recipe and more kid friendly ideas can also be seen at Belleicious Kids!
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