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The Tater Tot Topic


Jason Perlow
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You guys are making my tummy hurt.

It's a good kind of hurt though, right? :biggrin::biggrin:

Oh well. I'll let you believe that if it makes you happy... :wink:

All I can say is...generally I can eat as much junk food as the next guy (the next guy who will admit it, anyway) but right now I REALLY feel the need for a very very green salad! :biggrin:

Even reading this thread is making me burp. That certain sort of fatty fast food burp. Phew. Help. I must exit....

Keep this up and you'll turn me to tofu and edamame. That would be a crying shame.

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OK, all this talk about tots got me motivated to go to Sonic for lunch. Even though I have lived in Texas for 7 years and have never been to Sonic before.

With great enthusiasm I went to the local drive-in restaurant. Who the hell designed the menu, Boston Scientific ...Guidant....

I ordered the Extreme Tots, a nacho like item that had cheese, ranch dressing, chili, Jalapeños and some other stuff on a bed of tater tots. This had potential! I could not help but wonder how much better this would be with quality ingredients. The cheap cheese and flavorless chili hurt, but at $2.99 how much can I complain. It paired perfectly with a cherry coke.

I think this calls for some experimenting this weekend with a Costco bag of tater tots and quality toppings.

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Around lunch time today, I had to go to Randall's (owned by Safeway) and my cart inexplicably veered into the frozen food aisle. When I got to the check out, I noticed that a bag of Tater Tots had found their way into the cart. :blink:

About 20 minutes in the DeLonghi at 400F on convection and I had tots that I would have sworn had been fried. I took the purist approach this time out. There is a smal can of chili and some good cheddar waiting in the wings.

Linda LaRose aka "fifi"

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I can't believe that no one has mentioned MEXI FRIES! I worked at Taco Slime (aka Time) in High school and Mexi Fries dipped in taco burger sauce (1000 island) was my staple meal! I still sucumb sometimes and go for lunch. mmmmmm, mexi fries!!!

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I think tater tots are far and away the best potato product in the frozen food section. They have just the right ratio of crisp/greasy to soft/squishy. And I cook them in the oven; they're plenty greasy that way!

But I'm starting to feel the mantle of Martha descend. Tater Tot croqumbuche? Tater tot rumaki (think about that one for a moment!) Tater tots roasted on sticks over the campfire instead of marshmallows? How about Tater Tot snowmen (stacking the different sizes)with pretzel arms and a scarf fashioned from a slim slice of red pepper? Bunnies with slivered almond ears? Stop me!

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But I'm starting to feel the mantle of Martha descend.  Tater Tot croqumbuche? Tater tot rumaki (think about that one for a moment!) Tater tots roasted on sticks over the campfire instead of mashmallows? How about Tater Tot snowmen (stacking the different sizes)with pretzel arms and a scarf fashioned from a slim slice of red pepper? Bunnies with slivered almond ears? Stop me!

Stop you?!?! No way...keep 'em coming! :biggrin:

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Tater Tot Casserole II

Comfort food extraordinaire. The reviews are typically funny ("Loved this recipe but didn't have the cornflakes so I substituted saltines! Will make again!").

Though I'm a Tater Tot devotee, I'm not a big fan of the ones from Sonic. I find they are a little too "smooth" textured and not craggy enough to be a true tater tot.

 

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I love tater tots!!

unfortunately my kids don't share my passion and yes they sell them in Japan....

today in my weekly food co-op catalogue there was a product called bacon-onion-potato, which is essentially tater tots with the addition of bacon and onions....

http://image.furima.rakuten.co.jp/image/it.../28264079-1.jpg

Kristin Wagner, aka "torakris"

 

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Like most things, these are great sprinkled with banana (or other type of ketchup) and Mrs. Dash.  :wink:

Soba

But Soba, have you tried them with a can of Spagetti-O's ever-so-gently warmed to perfection then poured over the top?

Even Darth Vader would love to sit down to a meal of this...heaven...sheer heaven.

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Maybe I skipped over it, but what went into the original "cafeteria-style" tater-tot casserole?

ground beef browned

small chopped onion

1 can cream of mushroom soup + 1/3 can milk

add to meat mixture

put in casserole dish

grate 1 cup Cheddar cheese over meat mixture.

top with 1 pound tator tots

A true classic and every single recipe for this looks virtually the same ... :rolleyes:

BTW, bloviatrix, I think that OreIda has some sort of rabbinical supervision now by some kashruth authority ... but, obviously, only when the Tots are served "neat", not in this milky-meaty casserole! :shock:

Melissa Goodman aka "Gifted Gourmet"

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Like most things, these are great sprinkled with banana (or other type of ketchup) and Mrs. Dash.   :wink:

Soba

But Soba, have you tried them with a can of Spagetti-O's ever-so-gently warmed to perfection then poured over the top?

Even Darth Vader would love to sit down to a meal of this...heaven...sheer heaven.

I'll have to try that some time. heheheh.

hm, Chef Boy-ar-dee products do bring back memories....time for me to start another thread then. :wink:

Soba

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I have an earlier memory of Tater Tots from my Army days, 57 to 59. They were a staple in the enlisted mess hall at the Presido, S.F. and we often took them back to work and re-heated them in the autoclave in the lab. Hey, it was sterile.....

I can also remember being hit with a frozen Tater Tot propelled by a rubber band by one of my buddies. It hurt like the very devil, left a bruise and ruined my uniform skirt as the cleaners were unable to get the spot left by the grease out of the wool.

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BTW, bloviatrix, I think that OreIda has some sort of rabbinical supervision now by some kashruth authority ... but, obviously, only when the Tots are served "neat", not in this milky-meaty casserole! :shock:

You're trying to find reasons for me to visit the freezer aisle, huh? :laugh:

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In view of the discussion currently raging here on Tater Tots, I thought it only fitting that I should purchase and consume (with much nostalgia!) a bag of Tater Tots tonight to commemorate another tension-filled election day ... any weight I gain will be purely because eGullet drove me to it ... :hmmm:

Melissa Goodman aka "Gifted Gourmet"

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