Buffalo Blue Tots

Buffalo Blue Tots

 

You know that little local drive-thru only burger and tots joint that you find yourself craving on a Monday… only to remember that this little gem is only open on every 3rd Thursday of every other month?! Those crispy, perfect tots can now be yours anytime– at home! BUT WAIT! We can’t just do the regular old tots. We’re gonna bump it up a notch with some delicious buffalo blue {bleu cheese} tots!

 

 

Homemade Tater Tots

 

When I decided that I wanted to make homemade tots, I really didn’t think it would be all that hard. Shred some potatoes, mold and fry them. I’ve fried everything within my arms reach in the past. How hard could it be, right? Well… to make really good tots, you know– like the ones that have small little crispy pieces inside of the glorious golden noms, there are a few things that you will need to know.

 

Potatoes for Tots

 

You need those little pieces inside the tots to each be crispy and alone. Single and sassy, if you will. To do this, we will simply chop up some potatoes, fry them and then pulse them until they are in smaller bits. Combined with a bit of starch to keep all of those pieces crispy, you end up with perfect tots! Overall, they are pretty easy when you employ the correct technique.

 

Processed Potatoes for Tots

 

Like I said earlier– we aren’t going to just make regular tots. Because, well, why not add a little BAM! to them, right? Buffalo sauce is one of the easiest sauces to make. Let’s be honest… It’s a weekend. Who wants to work harder than they really have to? Exactly what I thought. A bit of Frank’s Red Hot (HAVE to use it. Generic just isn’t the same!) and some good ol’ butta and you’re set. We’ll mix in some blue cheese with the pulsed potato pieces because, well, I have always been told to make sure are get enough dairy. Builds strong bones… or something.

 

Shaping the Tots

 

Homemade Buffalo Tots

 

These are a perfect snack for a party, House of Cards marathon (soooo good!), breakfast… you get my drift. I ended up freezing half of the tots that I made by frying them for only a minute to set the shape and then placing them on a sheet pan in the freezer for an hour or two. You can then toss them in a bag to pull out on a lazy, rainy day.

 

What other tot variations can you think of for us to try out? Comment below!

 

 

Buffalo Blue Cheese Tots

 

 

Buffalo Blue Tots

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: ~ 3 dozen tots

Buffalo Blue Tots

Ingredients

    Buffalo Blue Tots
  • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 1/2-1 inch cubes)
  • 1 cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1-2 tablespoons Frank's Red Hot, optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • oil, for frying
  • Buffalo Sauce
  • 1/3 cup Frank's Red Hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oil in large pot or fryer to 350 F.
  2. Rinse cubed potatoes in cold water, about a minute.
  3. Dry cubed potatoes.
  4. Fry cubes until golden, about 4 minutes, in batches as to not crowd and cool oil. Allow temp. to return to 350 F before each batch.
  5. Drain fried potatoes on paper and cool completely.
  6. When cooled, in batches place potatoes in food processor and pulse 5-6 times momentarily until left with smaller pieces. Do -not- over-process. You want the texture of the pieces.
  7. Carefully mix in blue cheese, salt, garlic powder, sugar, pepper and 1-2 tablespoons of Frank's Red Hot (optional) to flavor tots.
  8. Mold a heaping tablespoon of potato mixture in hands using method shown in post image. (Ring and middle finger molding while pushing top and bottom inward to form tot shape)
  9. When tots are molded, carefully place each tot in 350 F oil and fry until golden. Do not overcrowd. After a minute or so of frying, be sure tots aren't stuck to each other while frying.
  10. Enjoy! Visit SouthernFATTY.com for complete post with images. Let us know how everyone enjoyed them or if you made a different variation of flavor!

Notes

SouthernFATTY.com

http://www.SouthernFATTY.com/buffalo-blue-tots/

 

Confession… I don’t really like buffalo flavor, but I loved these!

 

What variation of these tots did you make? Comment below and share the wealth.