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Homemade Oven Roasted Tater Tots

Why wait any longer to make homemade tater tots? They’re SO much better than the frozen ones you buy at the store.

These tater tots are perfectly fluffy on the inside and golden brown and crisp on the outside. Plus they’re healthier, baked and not fried with only a handful of ingredients: potatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Any variety will work fine. If you have a hard time making cylinder shapes, try mashing the grated potatoes a little. (Tip: Use the course surface of your grater). And keep an eye on the tater tots while roasting so they don’t burn. Give this recipe a try, I promise you will not be disappointed!


  • 3-4 cooked potatoes

  • 1 teaspoon salt, to taste

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, to taste

  • olive oil


Depending on your oven, preheat to 425-450°F. Line a baking sheet with foil, parchment paper or (my preferred way!) Silpat to prevent the tots from sticking and set aside.

Peel and boil potatoes in salted water for 15-20 minutes until cooked, then drain. Grate the potatoes and place in a bowl. With your hands, carefully stir in salt and pepper and form the mixture into balls or small cylinders and place on a sheet pan. Spray or drizzle olive oil over top. Cook tater tots for about 15 minutes on each side until golden brown and crisp on the outside.

Total Time: 60 minutes Yield: makes about 6-8 servings

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