Potato tots, also known as tater tots, are a popular American snack or side dish made from grated or finely chopped potatoes that are typically formed into small cylindrical or oval shapes and then deep-fried until they become crispy and golden brown. They are known for their crunchy exterior and soft, fluffy interior.
The process of making potato tots generally involves the following steps:
Potatoes are peeled and grated or finely chopped. Sometimes, other ingredients like onions, seasonings, or cheese may be mixed with the potatoes for added flavor. The potato mixture is formed into small, bite-sized cylinders or ovals. The shape can vary, but it's usually cylindrical.
The formed potato pieces are deep-fried in hot oil until they are cooked through and develop a crispy, golden crust. Once fried, the tots are typically drained on paper towels to remove excess oil.
Potato tots are a popular snack for both children and adults and are commonly found on the menus of fast-food restaurants, diners, and cafeterias. They are often served as a side dish alongside burgers, sandwiches, or other main courses. Tots can be enjoyed plain or with a variety of dipping sauces such as ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, or even more creative options like cheese sauce or ranch dressing.
While the classic tater tot is made primarily from potatoes, there are also variations that incorporate other ingredients like sweet potatoes, cheese, or different seasonings to create unique flavors and textures.