There are few things as nostalgic as tater tots. The favorite of kids and adults alike, we thought we would try our hand at making some tater tots from scratch. Besides being a little time consuming, they are actually quite easy to make and taste fantastic!
Start with 8-10 pounds of russet potatoes. Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately one hour. You do not want to cook them as thoroughly as you would if you were making baked potatoes, just long enough for them to give slightly when pressed. Refrigerate potatoes overnight or until completely chilled.
Shred chilled baked potatoes on the large side of a grater. Depending on your personal preference, you may choose to peel before grating, but the skin adds that extra ‘homemade’ touch!
Peel one small onion and leave the root attached to help hold it together.
Grate the onion down to the root.
In a strainer, press the grated onion to remove all the juice. Discard the onion juice.
Add the grated onion to the shredded potato mixture.
Toss to combine, but do not overmix.
Cover with wrap and refrigerate overnight or until cold.
Take 2 tablespoons of sea salt, 2 teaspoons of freshly-ground black pepper and one teaspoon of ground white pepper. Additional spices can be added to make your tater tots even more unique!
Crack three eggs.
Beat the eggs well with a fork.
Add eggs, salt and spices to the potato mixture and mix until well-combined.
With clean hands, take a small amount of the potato mixture and form into desired shapes. Have fun with the shapes or create the traditional tater tot log shape.
Repeat this step until you have made all the tots. Refrigerate until chilled.
Fill your countertop fryer with desired oil and preheat to fry (325-375 degrees). We chose to use lard from a favorite local Nashville butcher, Porter Road Butcher.
For best results, you will want to fry your tots twice. The first fry should be done in advance to allow them to cool before the second fry.
Fry the tots a few at a time for just a few minutes or until lightly browned. Refrigerate or freeze until ready to serve.
When ready to serve, fry the tots again until golden brown.
Sprinkle with a little extra sea salt, and they are ready to enjoy!