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These homemade potato tots are even better than what you can buy in the store or order at a diner. Keep these tots on hand for breakfast or an easy side dish!

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


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Recipe Summary

20 mins
35 mins
15 mins
3 mins
1 hr 13 mins
72 potato pieces


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Scrub potatoes thoroughly with a brush; pat dry. Prick potatoes with a fork and place in a shallow baking pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a paring knife inserts easily but resists toward the center.

  • Cool for 20 minutes. Peel away and discard the skin. Coarsely shred potatoes using a box grater or food processor. Place potatoes in a large bowl. Sprinkle with the flour, 1 teaspoon salt, and onion powder. Using your hands, mix well. Divide mixture in half. Transfer each half of the mixture to a piece of waxed paper. Firmly pat each into a 6x6-inch square about 3/4-inch thick. Using a large sharp knife, cut each into 36 squares.

  • Fill a deep 3-quart saucepan or deep-fat fryer half full with oil; heat oil to 350°F. Working in batches of 8 (oil will bubble up as pieces are added), fry potato pieces in hot oil for 3 minutes or until golden brown, stirring gently occasionally. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with additional salt while warm.

To Freeze:

Cool fried potato pieces and place in an airtight freezer container. Freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, arrange pieces in a single layer in a shallow baking pan. Bake in a 400°F oven for 15 minutes or until heated through and crisp.

Spice it up:

Replace the salt and onion powder with 1 to 2 tablespoons of Taco Seasoning, Prairie Seasoning, Pacific Seasoning, Everyday Seasoning, Citrus Seasoning, or Fajita Seasoning. If using Italian or Greek Seasoning, add 1 teaspoon kosher salt. (Seasoning recipes listed on page XX).

Rosemary-Smoked Black Pepper

Omit onion powder. Add 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary and 1/2 teaspoon smoked black pepper.

Nutrition Facts

268 calories; fat 18g; saturated fat 3g; carbohydrates 25g; mono fat 8g; poly fat 6g; insoluble fiber 2g; sugars 1g; protein 3g; vitamin a 1.3IU; vitamin c 7.3mg; thiamin 0.1mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 1.4mg; vitamin b6 0.4mg; folate 21.6mcg; sodium 287mg; potassium 537mg; calcium 18mg; iron 1.2mg.