8 Delicious Homemade Tater Tots Recipes from Serious Eats


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Raise your hand if you like Tater Tots? (And remember, it's the Internet, so no one can see you)!
Everyone, right? I thought so. They get a bum rap in public, and it's a travesty, because they are perhaps the second-most-awesomest crisp-on-the-outside tender-in-the-center fried potato-based snack ever conceived, giving French fries a run for their money. In fact, I'd even go so far as to say that Tater Tots are better than all but the very best French fries, and how often do you get the very best fries?
Tater-Tots themselves are a registered trademark of frozen hash browns made by the Ore-Ida company, and I credit them with the incredible feat of both popularizing them and giving them their negative reputation. It's all because of the silly name. What self-respecting adult can come right out and say that they like a food that's so clearly marketed towards kids? The alternative brand names—including but not limited to Tater Treats, Mexi-Nuggets, Potato Locos, Potato Pom-Poms, Oven Crunchies, and Tasti Taters—are no better.

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