Who says kids get to have all the fun? Next time you whip out a bag of tater tots for the little ones, give yourself Parmesan tater tots. Julie Crist of The Tot Cart food truck in Philadelphia takes this already popular menu item to the next level with her creative, elaborate tot dishes. These Parmesan tater tots, dusted with garlic and Parmesan cheese, is one of their most popular recipes. “These tots are simple and delicious,” says Julie, “although you may need a breath mint after eating them!” [Editor’s Note: The original recipe includes a sprinkling of granulated garlic along with the Parmesan, though we like them just dandy without it.]–Kim Pham and Philip Shen
LC Leftover Tater Tots Note
Know how sometimes, for whatever godforsaken reason, the kids don’t devour all their tater tots and you end up snitching them cold off their plates rather than throwing them out while cursing yourself? (Oh stop. We’ve been there.) This Parmesan tater tots recipe is a revelation in those moments. Just toss the tots—well, the ones not smothered with ketchup—back in the oven to reheat and then sprinkle with Parmesan as the recipe instructs.
Parmesan Tater Tots Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 5 M
- 45 M
- Serves 4
- A 2- to 2 1/2-pound bag frozen tater tots
- 4 tablespoons (45 grams) grated Parmesan cheese (the real stuff, not the kind that comes in a green canister)
- 1. Prepare the tater tots in the oven according to the package instructions.
- 2. When the tater tots come out of the oven, place about 1/4 of them in a largish bowl. (Careful! They’re hot!) Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese and gently toss to swirl the tots and cheese in the bowl a few times. Dump the Parmesan tater tots into a serving dish. Repeat with the remaining ingredients and grab some napkins.
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Parmesan Tater Tots Recipe © 2014 Kim Pham and Philip Shen. Photo © 2014 KIM+PHIL Photography. All rights reserved.
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