All my friends with children always tell me how much they struggle to get their children to eat more vegetables. Even though I don’t have kids myself, I do think its never too early to start teaching kids the importance of a balanced diet. A great way to start is by getting them involved in the kitchen.
Growing up, I was always so excited to be my grandma’s sous chef. Even well into my teenage years. Nothing could beat that time man (well a cute boy could have) but I digress. Anywho, because I was so involved in creating meals, eating my vegetables or a well-balanced meal was never a problem. It was exciting to see how every dish developed and all I wanted to do was to enjoy them.
These six-ingredient tater tots are the perfect way to get your kids involved in the kitchen. They get a yummy snack, and you get a piece of mind. However, these tots are not only kid-friendly, they are a delicious and sexy adult take on the classic snack.
I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of sweet potato tots recipes out there. My goal for this recipe was to yes keep it simple but also put an adult spin on it. So, I have chives and bacon along with parmesan cheese and then coated them in panko breadcrumbs. The key to giving these a lovely crispy exterior, it cooking it twice. Once by baking and then frying to finish them off.
This recipe will become a staple in your home. It is so easy to prep and it freezes for an easy snack. These really don’t need to be dipped. But, if you insist, you can pair them with a spicy aioli or ketchup. Finish with Crispy Chicken Thighs and Roasted Brussel Sprouts for a full meal.
SWEET POTATER TOTS
- To start, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Scrub, wash and dry potatoes, then poke a few holes through them using a fork.
- Place potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes.
- While potatoes bake, prepare the rest of the ingredients by chopping the bacon into small bits, grating the cheese and measuring out the panko breadcrumbs into a bowl.
- Remove potatoes from the oven and allow them to cool so it’s easier to work with.
- Now, peel potatoes and transfer them to a mixing bowl. Then add in parmesan cheese, bacon, chives, and salt.
- Now, mash potato mixture using a fork (do not puree the potatoes, you want more of a rough mash), and transfer to the fridge to chill for about an hour.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Then, scoop out 1 tbsp amounts of the sweet potato mixture and form into “tot” shape and roll/toss each tot in panko breadcrumbs.
- Now, heat oil or ghee to approx. 350-375 degrees F.
- Now, Lightly fry the tots until golden. Approx 3 minutes (in a few batches-make sure you keep a close eye on them) and transfer them to a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake tots in preheated oven for 15-20. minutes and serve immediately.
- To freeze and bake later, follow steps 1-9, place tots on a baking sheet and freeze. Once completely frozen, transfer them to a freezer safe ziplock bag or container and save for later.
- To cook, follow steps 10-12 but bake for 20-30 minutes and serve immediately.
- Dip with ketchup or an aioli. Or enjoy alongside a protein and vegetables for a full meal.
You could make a sweet version by omitting the chives and parmesan cheese and adding cinnamon and nutmeg instead.
If you prefer to just bake these, make sure you brush them with ghee or avocado oil so they crisp better in the oven.