peanut oil, tater tots, scallions, sour cream, plum tomatoes, onions, jalapeño, cheddar
Some of our childhood cafeteria favorites have come back with a vengeance among the ranks of serious tailgaters. Tater tots are definitely one of those foods that still has, and will forever have, a small and delicious piece of our hearts.
In this recipe, these babies get the supreme treatment with dollops of sour cream, hot sauce, and all the fixins’. This dish makes the perfect snack for a homegate, game night, or watch party. Just make sure you make extra—everyone will want more!
32 ounces peanut oil
32-ounce bag tater tots
5 scallions, thinly sliced
10 ounces sour cream
5 plum tomatoes, diced
2 medium white onions, diced
1 jalapeño, sliced into thin rounds
1 block medium cheddar cheese, shredded
Salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
In a large frying pan, heat the peanut oil 375 degrees F.
Gently drop in the tater tots and cook for 5 minutes, or to desired doneness.* Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and place atop a paper towel.
While the tots are still hot, move them to a large metal bowl and toss together with all of the remaining ingredients.
To finish, empty the bowl’s contents onto a platter lined with wax or parchment paper. Serve with hot sauce on the side.
The key to making a deep-fried dish taste fresh and not greasy is the temperature of your oil. The more consistent the temperature of the oil is, the better. So if you are putting in frozen items, work them in batches and allow the fry oil to come back to temp between each batch.