Take-out Tuesday, Cheesy Tater Tots

These little  🏈 footballs 🏈  of cheese and potato goodness are brought to you today by HHjr



On the weekends, my son LOVES to cook, I mean LOVES it!  He will have 2 or 3 grills going at once, and a skillet, the oven or a fryer



I was in town solo for the weekend so I got to enjoy so many of his delicious creations



Friday night he made Pizza Bolognese for us and a cheesy bacon & pineapple pizza for his boys

We make pizzas all the time, you can see some of the recent ones here along with a formula for Creating Your Own Pizza Masterpiece



Fall Saturdays are all about football, and he loves to spend all day cooking game day food, ribs, wings, drummettes, pulled pork



I usually make a hearty dip for afternoon noshing, like this White Cheddar Cranberry Fondue, so perfect because it’s Alabama red & white



He invited another bachelor over for the night time game and they decided to cook big manly man steaks



In the afternoon he whipped up these little footballs, with hash browns and grated cheese



I didn’t witness the making, just happily discovered them in the fridge later



He shaped them in the palm of his hand,  squeezing until they stuck together

Refrigerate for at least an hour to ensure they will stay together when they are immersed in hot oil



Serve these as a side dish or a stand alone appetizer and you will score a lot of points!  🏈



Make plenty, they will disappear quickly!

Cheesy Tater Tots

  • Servings: varied
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

use a ratio of 2:1,  2/3 parts potatoes and 1/3 part cheese

frozen shredded hash browns, thawed or refrigerated raw hash brown potatoes

extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated

bacon crumbles, optional

salt & pepper

Place potatoes, bacon and cheese in a bowl or ziplock bag, add seasonings and mix well.  Form into bite size balls or “footballs” by rolling in the palm of your hand and squeezing cheese and potato together.  Place on a baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Fry in small batches in medium hot oil, 1-3 minutes until just done.  Fry only long enough to crisp potatoes so the cheese doesn’t melt away.  Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt.  Serve hot or warm


This is similar to my recipe for Cheesy Chive Potato Crowns

And Tater Crabs


for another printable version of Cheesy Tater Tots click here

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18 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Cheesy Tater Tots”
  1. Lynn says:

    Love tots in all shapes, sizes and flavors:@)

  2. Jenna, how nice to have a chef in the family. We all love tots and these look so yummy…the pizza looks fabulous! What a nice weekend for you not having to cook! Roll Tide! 🅰️🏈🅰️

  3. Cheesy gator tots are perfect for Alabama tailgating! You taught your son right! Wow, he can cook! 😀 Roll Tide Roll! I love your table!

  4. So I wake up, turn on my iPad, check my emails, and what’s the very first thing I see as I sit here hungry enough to gnaw off my own foot? STEAK!!!! PIZZA!!!! What are you trying to do to me, woman?!?!!!?!? Lucky you to have such a talented son!

  5. Thanks for relinking your tater crowns. I like the baked, not fried concept. Maybe I’ll make those for book club tomorrow. Depends on if I feel like cooking or go the easy route but I’ve had these on my radar for awhile and was going to try to find them again!

  6. Jodi says:

    Oh what would the world be like without CHEEEESE!!!???

  7. thefrenchhutch says:

    I shouldn’t be reading today’s post before I have a little lunch. That steak looks out of this world delicious and the tater tots, yum. Looks like your son has the gift of cooking like his mom! Perfect table setting for our fall days. My compliments to your son………..RTR!

  8. Tell HHJr he’s killing me with all this yummy food! He can come cook for me anytime.Tell him I’d even clean up. I’d be gaining all kinds of weight if he was around – I’d eat all of what’s pictured here!

  9. Mary says:

    Jenna, I’ve never met a potato I didn’t like! How fun, convenient and DELICIOUS to have a son that loves to cook (how is he still single? 🙂

  10. Wow, that is serious cooking and eating, Jenna. Your son was a good student of his talented cooking mama.

    Johanne Lamarche


  11. Jill Kuhn says:

    Looks like creative cooks run in your family!! 💕👍 The mini tators look like a great appetizer! 😊

  12. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Jenna,
    I love you Take Out Tuesday and y our Cheesy Tater Tots! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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