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The Tater Tot Topic


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From CBS Sunday Morning, "In Praise of Tater Tots":

 

 

For those who can't watch the embedded video, here is the URL: https://youtu.be/aCTkNMDkA7U

 

Can I have some Totcho's, please? :B

 

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“Peter: Oh my god, Brian, there's a message in my Alphabits. It says, 'Oooooo.'

Brian: Peter, those are Cheerios.”

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I've had various restaurant/diner takes on tater tots, including totchos. Most were flawed, ruined by undercrisping and watery sauces. 

 

A couple were great...well crisped and not over sauced. I think deep frying is key if a sauce is planned. Maybe the airfryer could do it. 

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31 minutes ago, gfweb said:

I've had various restaurant/diner takes on tater tots, including totchos. Most were flawed, ruined by undercrisping and watery sauces. 

 

A couple were great...well crisped and not over sauced. I think deep frying is key if a sauce is planned. Maybe the airfryer could do it. 

A nice cast iron skillet (with oil) would crisp them up, as well.

I recall after my mom passed we had a group of family and friends come over for breakfast. One friend had never had skillet-fried tots before (always oven-baked at his house :() and I was talking up how crusty and wonderful they get in the cast iron skillet when my asshat oldest brother came into the kitchen to "help" me and stirred the crap out of the tots, obliterating the crusty parts and mushing the soft interiors until you could no longer see individual tots. I was furious with him for doing that and literally threw him out of the kitchen.

There are those who understand The Tot, and those who remain ignorant all their lives. 

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“Peter: Oh my god, Brian, there's a message in my Alphabits. It says, 'Oooooo.'

Brian: Peter, those are Cheerios.”

– From Fox TV’s “Family Guy”

 

Tim Oliver

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Boring rainy day today.

Fooling around with potatoes and made a pretty good copy of Tater Tots.

Shred russet potato, wring dry, add salt and a few shakes of Wondra flour and onion powder.

Microwave for a minute until the potatoes are gummy

Form into tots and fry.

 

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1 hour ago, gfweb said:

Fooling around with potatoes and made a pretty good copy of Tater Tots.

I am betting they were much better than the “real” thing. 

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3 hours ago, Shelby said:

Yeah, but not the patience or skill lol

 

You food pix say otherwise.

It really is quick and so brainless I could do it 😉

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Out of boredom and hunger I made some more tots today.  I forgot to wring-out the potatoes and they turned out fine.

 

I left a bunch on the counter (after frying)  for a few hours and reheated in the airfryer for a few minutes.

 

Came out perfect...so they can be premade and finished at dinner time.

 

Which is nice.

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5 minutes ago, gfweb said:

I left a bunch on the counter (after frying)  for a few hours and reheated in the airfryer for a few minutes.

 

Came out perfect...so they can be premade and finished at dinner time.


That‘s intriguing. Now, if you could premake and freeze them …

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I think its terrific 

 

that you've found a Culinary Hobby

 

that gives you a fine reward for your effort.

 

however , id suggest this :

 

are your efforts 

 

independently taste tested 

 

( double blind , pick from three , etc )

 

that much better than Fz , of various 

 

Stripes and Colours ?

 

possibly .

 

consider taking your efforts 

 

where no Fz Tot has been :

 

subtle , very slight 

 

"" Mix- Ins ""

 

Picograms would be good 

 

not to mis the point :  Potatoes , Cruchy , Crispy 

 

Delicious 

 

1 ) a tiny bit of exceptional quality Bacon ? w some fat

 

2 ) some snap , from an equally small bit of Green Chili , w heat ?

 

3 ) etc. ?

 

Ore-Ida  nor Tj's makse anything like that

 

nore does Stop&Shop

 

a Dutch Company

 

think Twice Baked Russet Potato

 

but more like a Tot

 

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