Homemade Potato Tots

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!

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Homemade Potato Tots

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Makes: 72 potato pieces
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Bake: 35 mins to 40 mins 425°F
  • Cool: 15 mins

Homemade Potato Tots

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Fill a deep 3-quart saucepan or deep-fat fryer half full with oil; heat oil to 350 degrees 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.

From the Test Kitchen

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 degrees 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.

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Nutrition Facts (Homemade Potato Tots)

  • Per serving:
  • 268 kcal ,
  • 18 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat ,
  • 6 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 8 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 0 mg chol. ,
  • 287 mg sodium ,
  • 25 g carb. ,
  • 2 g fiber ,
  • 1 g sugar ,
  • 3 g pro.
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