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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Potato Gnocchi Tater Tots

I haven't had this much fun making a recipe in a long time.  I noticed these little treats in Food and Wine Magazine and hoped they would taste as good as they looked - they were better! What a blast kneading the fluffy potato with a little flour and arrowroot, rolling it into tiny logs, boiling then frying them to golden brown perfection. They taste way better than the tots you find in a bag. 

These tater tots aren't something I'd make every week, but make a great, fun break from the every-day . . . You could make them with your kids or friends while watching a game on TV, then celebrate victory with crunchy, heavenly potato bites. Coconut oil would be great to fry with, but can be very cost prohibitive. In my research, I've discovered peanut oil is good when frying occasionally.  Serve the tots with a good organic ketchup or use this delicious recipe from "Kiss My Spatula" for the homemade variety.

Potato Gnocchi "Tater Tots"
adapted loosely from Food and Wine
Serves 4

3 large baking potatoes, about 2 pounds, scrubbed
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons arrowroot
6 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1/2 cup pecorino romano cheese, grated
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 large egg, beaten
Peanut oil, for frying
Organic ketchup

Preheat oven to 375°F and adjust rack to middle position.  Place potatoes in oven and bake for about 1 hour until a knife can be inserted without resistance.  Cool potatoes. 

Cut the cooled potatoes into large chunks and press them through a ricer into a large bowl.  Discard the skins (I baked them in the oven with a little butter and salt until crispy - a great snack!).  Add the arrowroot, flour, cheese, salt and egg to potatoes and stir until combined.  Knead the mixture with your hands until it forms a soft dough.  Cover the bowl with a clean towel and let it rest for 15 minutes. 

Bring a large pot of water to boil and also fill a large bowl with ice water.  Divide the dough into 4 portions and roll each piece into a long rope about 1-inch thick.  Cut the rope into 1 1/2-inch long pieces.  Repeat with remaining 3 pieces of dough.  Add 1/2 of gnocchi pieces to boiling water and cook until the dough rises to the top, about 45 seconds.  Immediately remove from the pot with a slotted spoon and place into the bowl of ice water.  Repeat with remaining dough.  Using a slotted spoon, remove gnocchi from ice water and place on a dry, clean dish towel.  Allow gnocchi to dry, about 30 minutes.

Heat 2 inches of oil in a large saucepan to 375°.  Carefully add 1/3 of the gnocchi to the oil and fry, turning the gnocchi until golden brown.  Remove from oil and place on a baking sheet lined with paper towels.  Repeat with remaining gnocchi.  Sprinkle with salt and serve immediately with ketchup.

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Anonymous marla {family fresh cooking} said...

Nice bites! My kids would love these, what a great idea. With home made ketchup & dipping sauces, my my!

April 27, 2010 at 6:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, those look amazing!

April 27, 2010 at 6:29 AM  
Blogger Rose said...

Ohmygosh! Tater Tots! Great idea! I'm usually frying-adverse, but every once in awhile it's just WORTH IT!

April 27, 2010 at 2:31 PM  
Anonymous Loca Ann said...

Oh! Yum! These look like a Must Try!!

April 27, 2010 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

Haha...that should have been "local" Ann. *sigh* Maybe I am Loco/loca...

April 27, 2010 at 3:17 PM  
Anonymous Emily said...

These look as good, if not better, than the bagged stuff! And I can almost claim them as being healthier. Almost... These are going on my to try list!

April 27, 2010 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger Mari Nuñez said...

They look delicious! I would have a hard time finding organic ketchup here, will try to make some myself.

Have an awesome day.

April 28, 2010 at 4:42 AM  
Blogger julialikesred said...

Dang, I just ate breakfast, but now my tummy's growling. These look fantabulous.

April 28, 2010 at 6:55 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

Love these! Can't wait to give them a try. I love tater tots, but don't want the processed junk in the version we ate as kids. A great alternative!

April 28, 2010 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Tater totssssss! I love this idea...I have been making my own baked fries by just cutting up a potato and seasoning's so much better to make your own than to just grab one of those frozen bags!

April 28, 2010 at 7:51 AM  
Anonymous Allison from "a for aubergine" said...

What a brilliant idea. The only tater tots I know are from a bag, which I haven't even had in years. Not since college probably. I need to give these babies a try!

April 28, 2010 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger "The Teacher / Mommy" said...

I can't find arrowroot anywhere near me and I don't want to wait to make these. Is there a quick and easy substitute? My first thought was potato starch, but would that be redundant?

April 28, 2010 at 8:38 AM  
Anonymous Kathleen is Cooking in Mexico said...

May I have seconds, please? Really, these look very, very good.

April 28, 2010 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Memória said...

Oh cool! I have some frozen, homemade gnocchi sitting in the freezer. I should try this out.

April 28, 2010 at 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Deliciously Organic said...

Elizabeth: Potato starch should work well. Enjoy!

April 28, 2010 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

oh noooooo...this looks wonderful!!! you make it hard for me to stick to my diet! :)

May 3, 2010 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

What a great recipe idea! These look incredibly delicious. Two of my favorite things... gnocchi and well, fried foods! ;)

May 6, 2010 at 7:09 AM  
Blogger Dot said...

This is such a great idea... I have a weakness for tots!

Thanks for sharing it -- I'm featuring it in the Spotlight today on Foodwhirl:
(should be up in about an hour)


May 10, 2010 at 5:24 AM  
Blogger Hungry Dog said...

I could eat about a dozen of these right now. They look delicious!

June 10, 2010 at 5:54 PM  

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