When it comes to cooking, it’s pretty difficult to mess up a potato. It's pretty delicious in virtually all its forms: au gratin, baked, mashed. But there’s something about tater tots that’s extra special. Nostalgia for childhood lunches and dinners notwithstanding, it’s one of those sides that remains delicious and that we crave regardless of how old we are.
Of course, now that we aren’t kids anymore, we can make them a little healthier and less guilt-inducing, by baking them rather than frying them. Or … for those trying to cut back on carbs or starchy vegetables, you can use other veggies and assorted ingredients for results that are just as gratifying. How do you make a tater tot without a potato? Well, we rounded up 15 ways for you and included a recipe that takes tots to new culinary heights. Check them out.
Skinny Taste shows that there really isn't anything cauliflower can't do. It's like the Superman of vegetables.
This recipe by Averie Cooks uses zucchini and parmesan. It's perfect for those who want to like zucchini but can't get past the texture, or for moms who are trying to convince their kids to eat their veggies.
Minimalist Baker's recipe uses sweet potato, which is so good for you. Just think of all those vitamins and nutrients packed in a single tot. Nom!
Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice uses cheddar for these cheesy tots. If you can get your hands on some double Gloucester cheddar cheese to make these, you won't be sorry.
Bloglovin's nacho cheese (and cauliflower) tots are gluten-free, Paleo friendly and perfect for a Monday night snack for those patiently waiting for football season to (finally) kick off.
Lowcarb-ology's recipe for parmesan tots is doubly mouthwateringly good because of that chipotle dipping sauce.
Anyone who ever thought that tots can't get all types of swanky hasn't seen this recipe from My Life as a Mrs.
Food & Wine Magazine takes the gnocchi and transforms it into a tot. Nice!
Shut the front door, tots for dessert?!? Oh, hells yes. Just check out these churro tots from A Cozy Kitchen.
Tots are the ultimate comfort food, so this recipe for pizza tots from Simple Comfort Food is pretty darn perfect.
That's not a spicy meatball, that's a spicy tot, courtesy of Everyday Southwest.
There had to be tots that included carrots, right? And we scored when we found this delightful recipe by Dish by Dish that also uses shredded cucumbers. Genius!
Quinoa is one of those ingredients that almost begs to be fashioned into tot form. We especially liked this recipe by Plant Based on a Budget, which also includes red pepper flakes for some extra umph!
Super Healthy Kids' recipe for tots uses garbanzo beans. Once again, this is a nice recipe for those who don't really care for chickpeas except in hummus form and want a bit of a break from it.
But wait, there's more! Oh, yes, we went there, but with good reason — namely, this recipe by Herbivore Triathlete which uses curried tots to make the following decadent casserole.
This vegan-friendly recipe marries tater tots with curry and serves it up as the ultimate in comfort food.