What’s your go-to entertaining snack? If guests stop by at the last minute, here’s a freezer standby that’s irresistible…
Tater tots! I bake them while drinks are being poured (as a bonus, they perfume the air with JOY). When we have friends over for burgers and grilled corn, we put out a bowl piled high with tots. Both kids and adults go crazy for them.
To me, tater tots are the cooler cousins of French fries. They’re bite-sized, so they crisp up in the oven — and they never get soggy or greasy like a baked fry. Also, they only need one swipe of dip before you pop them in your mouth (no double dipping!).
I always have a couple bags of this version in my freezer, and these sweet potato puffs are also delicious. And like potato pancakes, tater tots pair well with all sorts of flavors, from sweet to briny. A few of my favorites are applesauce, mayonnaise with lemon and pepper, smoked salmon dip, sour cream and onion dip, Sriracha ketchup or, when in doubt, flaky salt. Period.
Thoughts? Are you a tater tots fan? What do you always keep on hand for guests?
(Photos by Yossy Arefi for Cup of Jo.)