Homemade Tater Tots – Two Ways

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Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 15-20 minutes Makes: approximately 40 tater tots

3 cups leftover cold mashed potatoes

2 eggs

1/2 cup flour

1 ¼ cups panko bread crumbs

¼ teaspoon salt and black pepper

Vegetable oil (as needed)

In a large bowl, combine the mashed potatoes, eggs and flour. Stir to combine.

In a separate bowl combine panko bread crumbs, salt and black pepper.

Shape approximately one tablespoon of the potato mixture into a tater tot shape. Roll tater tot in the panko bread crumbs. Place on a baking sheet or plate. Continue with the remainder of the potatoes.

To deep fry:

Heat about one to two inches of oil in a heavy duty skillet over medium-high heat (If you have a thermometer, you want the oil at about 350 degrees F.). Test the oil by dropping one tater tot in the oil. The oil is ready if the tater tot begins to ‘sizzle’ and create bubbles in the oil.

Cook tater tot for about 2-3 minutes, or until crispy and golden brown. Adjust temperature as needed, if tater tots begin cooking too fast or become too dark in color. Remove cooked tater tot from the oil and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Serve immediately.

To bake:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray foil with cooking spray.

Arrange prepared tater tots on prepared baking sheet, making sure not to over crowd the baking sheet. Spray tops of tater tots with cooking spray. Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until crispy and golden brown. Serve immediately.

adapted from Taste and Tell