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All American Totchos {Tater Tots + Nachos}

Makes 4 individual servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup bacon crumbles
  • 1/2 yellow or white onion diced
  • 2 mini sweet red peppers seeded and diced {or you can add diced tomatoes}
  • 2 small purple potatoes peeled and julienned {or substitute blue tortilla strips}
  • vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Spread tater tots out in an even row on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until golden and warm.
  • Meanwhile, peel and thinly julienne the potatoes. You can use a mandoline or a spiralizer at the thinnest setting.
  • Add cut potatoes to a bowl of water to remove excess starch then dry out on a few paper towels, patting dry.
  • Heat a small pot over medium heat with about 2 inches of oil, heated to about 375 degrees.
  • Once the oil is to temp, add a couple pinches of potatoes and fry until crisp, about 20-30 seconds.
  • Drain on a paper towel lined plate and repeat with remaining potatoes.
  • When the tots are cooked, turn the oven down to 375 degrees.
  • Separate the tots into four ramekins, piled high.
  • Sprinkle liberally with toppings: diced peppers, bacon, onions, and lots of shredded cheese.
  • Place the ramekins in the oven and bake just until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and top with a pinch of fried purple {or blue in this case} potato strips.
  • Serve warm and dig in to this All American meal!