Sweet Potato Tater Tots Recipe — Oh My!
I recently received The Paleo Kids Cookbook by bestselling author Jennifer Robins, and oh my is it ever a good one!
I am always looking for nutritional ways to take classic kids comfort foods and then create them into healthier versions, and this book delivers on that!
Making Tater Tots Is Actually Really Easy!
At first, I might have been a little intimidated to make my own tater tots.
I mean they look so time-consuming and all, but once I made this sweet potato tater tots recipe, I was pleasantly surprised with how easy they really were to make.
This recipe took about 30 minutes from start to finish to make and the kids absolutely LOVED them! Let’s dive into this recipe!
Making The Tater Tot Mixture
First, you boil the sweet potatoes whole! No peeling, just throw the potatoes into boiling water and let them boil for 10 minutes.
Allow to cool and then peel and grate them (squeezing out excess water if they are watery). Add the seasoning and flour to the mixture.
The recipe calls for bacon, but we had bacon the night before, so I left that out and added a bit of cinnamon.
The mixture will look something like this.
Have Your Kids Form These Tator Tots
Next, get your kids involved and start by allowing them to put about a tablespoon of mixture into their hands and have them form it into a tater tot shape.
Something like this. Don’t worry about being perfect — they are tater tots! 🙂
Flour Adds CRUNCH!!
You will still have some potato starch or cassava flour showing and this is normal. This is what makes them brown so nicely.
Think fried chicken and dredging the chicken in flour two or three times…that’s what makes a good fried chicken right?
Tater tots are no different. The flour give them that crunch! So it is okay for the tater tots to look like they have been dusted with flour.
Fry Them In A Little Oil of Choice
Heat a skillet (I love a small 8″ cast iron skillet for this) over medium hight heat with some oil of choice, and gently place the tater tots in the oil to fry.
Try to use an oil that can tolerate higher heats, like avocado oil!
You do not need a lot of oil, just enough to generously coat the bottom of the pan. Fry slowly for 5 minutes, turning frequently.
Cook In Small Batches
I cooked mine in small batches and transferred them onto a paper towel.
Serve and Enjoy!
Now toss them into a serving bowl and add some deliciousness to any meal!
If you are looking for a kid-friendly & allergy-friendly cookbook, check out The Paleo Kids Cookbook. It’s a great cookbook!
- 1 large sweet potato
- 5 strips of crispy bacon, chopped
- up to 1 tsp garlic sea salt (to taste)
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- ½ cup (80 g) potato starch or cassava flour
- Avocado oil or light olive oil for frying
- Boil the sweet potato submerged in water for about 10 minutes. Remove the sweet potato from the boiling water and once cool enough to handle, peel or slice the skin off. Grate the sweet potato, using a hand grater, mandolin or food processor.
- Once the sweet potato is grated, use a hand towel or a few paper towels to squeeze out the excess water from the potato. This step is important, as you do not want to have soggy tots!
- Add the other ingredients (minus the oil) to the grated sweet potato in a mixing bowl and combine by hand. Preheat oil for frying in a large skillet over medium/high heat; it does not need to be enough oil for deep frying, but it should be enough to generously cover the bottom of the skillet.
- While the cooking oil heats, begin shaping your tots. Roll about a tablespoon (15g) of the dough into a ball, and then elongate it and flatten the ends to give it that distinctive tot shape.
- Fry the tots, rolling them around on all sides to make sure they crisp up. Once all sides are cooked, around 5 minutes or more, use a slotted spoon or skimmer to remove the tots and transfer them to a towel-lined plate to cool slightly. Serve alone or with an awesome sauce.