Take Back the Kitchen with Tater Tots!

tater-tots.jpgEureka! I have found the perfect alternative to french fries! I had a bunch of leftover potatoes from my vegetable coop and decided to mash them. I then had leftover mashed ones so I created this delectable accompaniment to my cornflake coated chicken . A HUGE hit! My nine year old came home from school today begging for the leftover tots as a snack.
Homemade Tater Tots:
2 large White Potatoes, steamed until tender
2 medium sweet potatoes, steamed until tender
salt to taste
Mash separately in two bowls
1 cup crushed organic cornflakes (dont want those nasty genetically modified corn products in my kids-can get for a bit more $$$ at Whole Foods)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp any other seasoning you like-black pepper, cayenne pepper, cajun seasoning, cumin, etc.
Olive oil spray or Pam for spraying before oven time
Combine all above coating ingredients
Form one-inch balls of mashed potatoes, roll in the cornflake mixture. Makes about two dozen white potatoe and about a dozen sweet potato balls.
Place the coated balls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and spray with oil spray.
In 400 degree oven in the middle rack, place the baking sheet. After about 15-20 minutes, when the balls start looking crispy, flip them all over so they brown on the other side and bake another 15-20 minutes or until the start getting crispy.
Serve with ketchup or a homemade aioli of two TBS Mayo with one medium sized clove of crushed garlic and a dash of salt (we grown ups ate them with the aioli). Deeeee-licious!
For more from Alma Schneider, visit her at her blog, Take Back the Kitchen.