Cajun Spiced Tater Tots
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 to 6
These spicy tater tots are a copycat of a popular recipe from McMenamins Restaurant. You can't stop eating them!
  • 5 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (Paul Prudhomme was used)
  • 1 heaping teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 heaping teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ¾ teaspoon cayenne
  • ½ teaspoon salt, more for finishing
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • ¼ onion, sliced (or ½ teaspoon dried onion powder)
  • 1 package (32 ounces) Ore Ida Tater Tots
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Combine all spices in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Pour oil in a small saute or frying pan. Add butter and heat over medium heat until the oil/butter mixture begins to boil around the edges. Stir to combine.
  4. If using fresh onion and garlic, add the slices to the oil and return to a boil.
  5. Remove pan from heat and set aside to allow the flavors to "infuse" into the oil mixture.
  6. Combine the spice mix with the oil/butter mixture and stir well.
  7. Working in batches, toss the tater tots in a bowl with the spice sauce by pouring ⅓ of the sauce into a large bowl and swirl to coat the sides of the bowl. Add ⅓ of the tater tots to the bowl. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and toss the tater tots to coat with sauce.
  8. Place tater tots on a baking sheet.
  9. Repeat until all of the tater tots are covered and on the baking sheet.
  10. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes or until very crispy.
  11. Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle with additional salt to taste.
  12. Serve hot.
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