Okay, family cooks: time to show us your tots! Or maybe it’s that we’re showing you ours. Either way: no, we’re not getting freaky, we’re talking tater tots. Because the beautifully golden brown nuggets of deliciousness can be so much more than a novelty treat. This week, we invite the guy who wrote the book on tots (literally!) to tell us how to use tater tots to turn simple, fast dinners into sure wins — especially with the kids.
Okay, family cooks: time to show us your tots! Or maybe it’s that we’re showing you ours. Either way: we promise that we’re not getting freaky — we’re just talking tater tots. Because the beautifully golden brown nuggets of deliciousness can be so much more than a novelty treat.
This week, we invite the guy who wrote the book on tots (literally!) to tell us how to use tater tots to turn simple, fast dinners into sure wins — especially with the kids. From three ways to cook them so that they come out like fried to using them to make quickie latkes (hello holiday cooking shortcut!).
And, of course, we wouldn’t be Stacie and Meghan if we didn’t engage Dan on a conversation about whether or not making tots from scratch is worth it. (Spoiler alert: totally depends.)
Links mentioned in this week’s episode:
Stranger Than Fiction with Will Farrell
Alexia Foods, for all-natural frozen fries and tots, which they call “Puffs”
Ore-Ida, the gold standard of classic tots?
Dan’s Mapo Tofu Tots
Dan’s Lobster Loaded Tots
Dan’s Banh Mi Tater Tots
A Classic Tatertot Hotdish recipe by Molly Yeh (pictured above)
Top 10 Midwestern Hotdish dinners at Taste of Home
A recipe for Loaded Totchos
Meghan’s 5-Ingredient Baked Potato Soup recipe
Freezer Breakfast Burritos with tots at Damn Delicious
About Our Guest: Dan Whalen
Dan Whalen is the founder and creator of the popular recipe blog The Food in my Beard. In the past 10+ years since the website’s inception, he has published over 2,000 recipes that have been viewed over 50 million times. He currently lives in Boston working as a full time blogger and writer. When not working, Dan can usually be found looking for inspiration at concerts, keeping up with the Star Wars canon, eating out with his friends, or playing Super Mario.
Find more from Dan on his Instagram @tfimb, on his site The Food In My Beard, and of course, get all of his fantastic cookbooks, including Tots! 50 Tot-ally Awesome Recipes From Totchos to Sweet Po-tot-o Pie.
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