58 responses

  1. Cathy Krynski
    January 21, 2014

    These sound so simply delicious ?i’ll have to try them tonight!

    • Barb
      January 21, 2014

      Thanks so much! I’m tempted to make them tonight again too :)

  2. Mimi
    January 21, 2014

    Why haven’t I made these?!! Brilliant!

    • Barb
      January 21, 2014

      Thank you Mimi!!

  3. Dondi
    January 22, 2014

    Hi Barb thank you so much for the gorgeous recipe! I was really excited to make these and am having an interesting time of it…mine stuck like crazy to the pan. It might be worth mentioning that it looks like you used a Silpat sheet in the pan and that made yours a little easier to make/manipulate. I also live in Northern CO at about 5000 feet so many it’s altitude too but I just thought I would leave the comment. It looks like they are going to be okay, just not quite as pretty and well-formed at yours. Which is fine…just thought I would let you know. Have a beautiful day!

    • Barb
      January 22, 2014

      Hi Dondi – Thanks so much for your comment! I will definitely update the recipe to line the pan with Silpat (which is what I used). Sorry yours stuck to the pan but hopefully they taste OK!! Thanks again and stop by again :)

  4. Nikki
    January 22, 2014

    I greased a tray pan with a little garlic olive oil to prevent sticking and it worked out well (I don’t have a Silpat). Just a tip: add some paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder if you want more flavor. They’re delicious either way though. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Barb
      January 22, 2014

      Your additions sound great…love the garlic olive oil! Thanks for your comment Nikki!

  5. Candice
    January 25, 2014

    I’m a BIG fan of sweet potato tots. Would sweet potatoes work as a substitution?

    • Barb
      January 25, 2014

      Great idea, I think that should work. Please let me know how they turned out!

  6. Sara Bishop
    January 31, 2014

    Are the potatoes par-boiled? About how long do you boil them?

    • Barb
      January 31, 2014

      Hi Sara – My potatoes were cooked all the way through, but I’m sure par-boiling would work just as well since it’s baked again in the oven. Depending on the size of your potatoes, boil and cook for 15-20 minutes. You can check to see if they’re cooked by pushing a toothpick in one and it will slide out easily when cooked. Thanks for asking, I’ll edit my recipe write-up!

  7. joy
    February 9, 2014

    Could you do the cylinders by putting the mixture in a piping bag with a large bore tip, and squeeze them out? I can’t wait to try this for my grandsons. Tater tots are their favorite form of potatoes.

    • Barb
      March 5, 2014

      Hi Joy – Sorry for the late response! I haven’t tried but I’m sure a piping bag with a large tip should work! Let me know how it turns out :)

  8. Jessica
    March 5, 2014

    Have you ever tried freezing them? Wondering if I partially baked them and put them in the freezer how they would turn out after the second bake. Suggestions?

    • Barb
      March 5, 2014

      Hi Jessica – I have never tried, I always made them right after boiling the potatoes. But I’m sure they would taste just as good if you partially bake and then freeze. After you partially bake them, I would cool the tots on the pan and then stick the pan in the freezer for a few minutes before putting them in a freezer bag, just so they retain their shapes. Hope that helps! Let me know how it works out for you :)

  9. Nanc
    March 13, 2014

    Has anyone used the tater tots in hotdish?

  10. Laura
    March 13, 2014

    I found these more difficult to make than described. They stuck to the pan & then came apart & the cooking time was nearly double than you mentioned in your recipe. It was more than frustrating.

    • Barb
      March 14, 2014

      Hi Laura – I’m sorry this recipe didn’t work out for you! The potatoes are pre-cooked and I used a Silpat sheet on my pan to prevent from sticking.

  11. Vanessa
    March 15, 2014

    These were delicious! I lined the pan with aluminum foil and sprayed it with Pam, then drizzled just a little olive oil over the tops. We had no problem getting them out of the pan as we devoured them. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Barb
      March 16, 2014

      That’s great, Vanessa! I’m so happy you loved (and devoured) them like we did :)

  12. nicolthepickle
    May 28, 2014

    Thanks for the recipe. These look lovely. I’m going to try them soon.

    • Barb
      May 30, 2014

      Great! Let me know how they turn out :)

  13. Bill
    May 29, 2014

    I followed recipie as written. But I added some cheddar cheese, and garlic powder. They were outstanding. Thanks

    • Barb
      May 30, 2014

      I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe, Bill. Cheddar cheese and garlic sound really good…will try that soon!

  14. april
    September 4, 2014

    Made these tonight and my 4 year old and I put the shredded potatoes into a heart shaped mold (for chocolates) and I brushed them with olive oil. So we had crispy little heart shaped tots. They were so cute!! I used parchment paper for baking and had no issues with them sticking. I also followed the advice of one post to add paprika, garlic powder and onion powder. We will definitely make these again. Thank you!

    • Barb
      September 5, 2014

      You’re so welcome…sounds great, April! Love the idea of putting the shredded potatoes into molds…will definitely try that sometime :) Thanks so much for your comment!

  15. Prettytastyreviews blogspot
    September 12, 2014

    Hi,
    you can also use PARCHMENT PAPER so nothing sticks!

    Also, what about using sweet potato or squash for the “tots”

  16. Sara
    September 13, 2014

    For those with no Silpat? Try parchment paper.
    Worked for me.

  17. Ms.Sue
    September 17, 2014

    I really enjoyed this easy recipe but i did make a few modifications that i thought improved the taste of the overall product. I added a little garlic powder, seasoning salt, and onion powder. I made the recipe once as stated above and a second time with the added spices, I think the added spices gave the tater-tots a little extra flavor. I really appreciated the step by step instructions paired with the images. This made the process of creating this dish easy.

    • Barb
      September 17, 2014

      The spices sound like a great addition, I’ll have to try that out soon. Thanks for your comment, Ms.Sue!

  18. Carolyn
    September 29, 2014

    Thanks for the great recipe!
    I added some diced onion and jalapeno to the mix. I was worried that the onion might add too much moisture so i squeezed the diced onion gently in a paper towel before adding. I don’t know if this was a necessary step, but the end product was great!

    Oh, and I used parchment paper and had no sticking problems.

    • Barb
      September 29, 2014

      YUM, your additions sound delicious Carolyn! Thanks so much for your comment :)

  19. Nancy
    October 16, 2014

    I made these and they were delicious. I had been wanting tater tots for a long time but the ingredients kept me from buying a bag. Who knew they would be so easy to make!

    • Barb
      October 16, 2014

      Thanks, Nancy :) I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe!

  20. Maia
    November 7, 2014

    I just made these but instead of grating the boiled potatoes I mashed them, then formed the mashed potato into balls and baked. O. M. G. So yummy, I ate them all :D

    • Barb
      November 9, 2014

      Haha, I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe! I pretty much eat them all whenever I make this too ;) Thanks for your comment, Maia!

  21. Eric
    December 4, 2014

    Thanks Barb! That’s a great recipe. My wife has celiac disease, what she eats is very limited, and I really feel bad when everyone is watching a movie with snacks, and she doesn’t have anything. Last night I experimented with your recipe, and added bacon and cheese. SHE LOVES THEM!!!!!!! Again thank you so much for sharing your recipe God Bless, and Happy Holidays to you and yours.

    • Barb
      December 5, 2014

      Thanks for your nice comment, Eric! I’m so happy your wife loved this recipe, the added bacon and cheese sounds delicious! Happy Holidays as well :D

  22. SJ Cory
    December 26, 2014

    Thanks for the recipe idea. I added nutritional yeast to my batch for a slight cheesy flavor. So much better than store bought and a lot easier to make than I originally thought.

    • Barb
      December 27, 2014

      Glad you enjoyed the recipe :) Adding nutritional yeast sounds like a great idea!

  23. Charlotte
    January 1, 2015

    Great recipe! Only I didn’t roll into cylinders I used a small cookie scoop. It made me think that favorite foods are not bad for us it our GO GO GO pace where buying a bag of food to cook in instant is the JUNK!

    • Barb
      January 3, 2015

      Love the cookie scoop idea, Charlotte! Thanks so much for your comment :)

  24. Anna
    January 18, 2015

    Do you think this would work with sweet potato instead of regular potatoes? I’m trying to stick to low GI foods, so I’d love to try this with those instead.

  25. Lesley
    January 19, 2015

    Hi Barb,

    I currently live in Honduras and can only get one type of potatoes. No russet and no red potatoes around here! I have the yellowish, thin-skinned kind and they are very starchy, so when I tried to form these into shapes, everything just stuck to my fingers. Any tips on how to deal with the starch smush?

    • Barb
      January 20, 2015

      Hi Lesley – Hmm, try using par-boiled or uncooked potatoes, or even grate the potatoes in a larger size? Hope this helps!

    • Hannah
      March 29, 2015

      Try to cut them in half or quarters and soak them in cold water and run your hands through them it gets the starch out with sweet potatoes it might work with this.

  26. Jerome
    February 7, 2015

    I always loved tater tots they sold with your roast beef sandwich. Never could find that taste or crunch again until now. Homemade is the key, and these turned out pretty good. My Grandaughters asked for more, so I know they taste good. We like potato hash browns for breakfast, with some onion. So I made up a batch with some sauté onion. Took my ice cream scoop and made a tray of them. I just patted them down to make a small pancake. Baked them the same on a cookie sheet with a Silpat. O boy, what a delight. My wife is very critical of my cooking skills, LOL. and she said ” you done good old man” I passed with the grand kids and the wife. So this reciept gets 5 STARS.

    • Barb
      February 9, 2015

      Hi Jerome – Thank you so much for your nice comment :) I’m so happy you and your family enjoyed this recipe! I love potato hash browns with onions as well, yum!

  27. jody
    February 27, 2015

    These are delicious ! Have made twice now and will never buy the frozen ones again. My whole fussy clan enjoyed them.

  28. Jackie
    March 15, 2015

    Hi Barb – I’m new to this, so apologies if this is a fairly straightforward question. What do you mean by bake them for 15 minutes on each side? Do you flip each individual tater tot over after 15 minutes?

    • Barb
      March 15, 2015

      Hi Jackie – No worries! Yes, bake the tater tots for about 15 minutes, then flip each one over and bake for another 15 or until golden brown. Hope they turn out nice for you :)

  29. Hannah
    March 29, 2015

    These are wonderful and you can personalize them to I like to put cheese in some and garlic salt or powder in others.

  30. Christine
    May 3, 2015

    I used red potatoes as stated & I had such a hard time making any shape because they were sooooooo sticky. Can you give me advice as to preventing this again? Thank you & look forward to trying out spices!

    • Barb
      May 5, 2015

      Hi Christine – Sorry this didn’t turn out well for you! Maybe try less cooking time for your potatoes so it doesn’t get too sticky when handling. They will finish cooking in the oven when ready to bake. Hope this helps!

Leave a Reply

 

 

 

Back to top