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Crunchy Bite Sized Bacon Tots will be the hit of your next get together. Whether served as an appetizer or a side dish you will LOVE these crunchy, bacon filled tots. Better than your average tot because it has Bacon in it too!
Crunchy Bite Sized Bacon Tots
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 
Crunchy Bite Sized Bacon Tots will be the hit of your next get together. Whether served as an appetizer or a side dish you will LOVE these crunchy, bacon filled tots. Better than your average tot because it has Bacon in it too!
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon tater tots
Servings: 12 appetizer servings
Calories: 142 kcal
Author: Michele Hall
Ingredients
  • 8 medium baking potatoes
  • 1-2 Tbs flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 6 pieces bacon
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1-2 cups oil
Instructions
Bacon
  1. Place 3-4 paper towels on a microwavable plate, then lay 4 strips of bacon across the paper towel.
  2. Cover top of bacon with another paper towel.
  3. Microwave on high, start with 4 minutes. Each microwave is different, you want the bacon to be extra crispy, but not burnt.
  4. Once bacon finished, allow to cool then break or cut bacon into tiny pieces.
Potatoes
  1. Puncture potatoes and bake in the oven for 45 mins on 350. (The potatoes should still be firm but easily slit with a knife. They will finish cooking in frying)
  2. While potatoes are still warm, peel the skins away.
  3. Using a cheese grater, grate peeled potatoes into a mixing bowl.
Assembly
  1. In mixing bowl over the top of the potatoes sprinkle crumbled bacon, 1 tbs of flour, salt and pepper.
  2. Stir gently.
  3. To test if it needs more flour take a tablespoon of mixture and squeeze it in your hand into the desired shape (see blog for picture of coin vs log shaped.) If it sticks together and doesn't fall apart you do not need to add any more flour. If they don't hold together sprinkle the other tbs of flour into the potatoes.
  4. Make remaining mixture of potatoes into desired shapes and place on a cookie sheet.
  5. Once all tots are made, let them sit for a minimum of 10 mins to set. ** SEE NOTES FOR FREEZING OR PREPPING AHEAD OF TIME!
  6. In a pan, add oil to be about 1 " deep.
  7. Turn oil on to Med High and get oil hot.
  8. Once you feel the oil is hot enough, add one tot to pan. If the oil starts immediately bubbling when tot is placed in the pan, add several tots to pan and cook until one side is a golden brown color (about 2-3 minutes).
  9. Be sure to leave enough space in between to not overcrowd the pan.
  10. Then flip the tater tot and brown the second side until it is golden brown as well.
  11. Once both sides are nice and crispy golden brown, remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and allow to drain on a stack of paper towels on a plate.
  12. Repeat frying steps until all tots are complete.
  13. Season to taste once all Bacon tots are complete.
  14. Serve immediately with any of these sauces: Ketchup, BBQ, Horseradish Cream, Herby Sauce, Sriracha Sauce!
Recipe Notes

You can prepare these to this step and place in the refrigerator until ready to fry/serve.

You can also freeze them at this point for a later use. If you are freezing them, flash freeze them on a flat plate for 30 minutes so they hold together. Then gently place in a sealed container for future use. I stored them for up to 3 weeks before serving them. I allowed the potatoes to thaw for 1 hour before beginning the frying process.