There are certain foods that take me straight back to childhood with my permed hair, skorts (that’s skirt-shorts for those of you who were cooler than I was) and big american flag scrunchie. I was not the healthiest of eaters as a kid, in fact I cringe at some of the foods I used to eat on a daily basis, including macaroni and cheese, popcorn with melted cheese (Kraft singles don’t melt very well), bagel bites (still love), turkey lunchmeat dipped in mayo and tater tots. Trust me, I have good parents who fed me lots of healthy meals, but when I got home from school before the parents did, these were my foods of choice.
Now that I’m an adult I couldn’t possibly eat all these foods without being severely unhealthy, especially on my short little 5’1″ frame. However, I’m still a carb junkie at heart and all of the above snacks I used to eat as a kid still sound delicious, I just need to find a way to make them healthier. Recently I was craving those golden little crispy tots dunked in ketchup to go with my veggie burger and thus the oven baked tater tot was born and devoured.
This is a great recipe to teach you patience and get your hands nice and dirty. Molding grated potato is a sticky project, but it’s fun! Get your kids involved and see who can shape the best tot. No matter what they look like, I promise they’ll taste good.
I’m always amazed by what foods you can make from scratch. I know it sounds silly, but when we’re so used to everything being pre-packaged and frozen ready-to-eat it’s hard to believe we can actually make this stuff ourselves. This recipe is simple and delicious. Skip the frozen kind and opt for homemade to avoid added preservatives, fat and waste!
My husband described these as “little potato-y marshmallow pillows” and I couldn’t agree more. Good luck not eating them all!
What to Bring to the Store
You won’t need much at the store for this simple recipe. It’s up to you really, but if you would like to put your potatoes in a bag then bring a reusable produce bag with you. And as always bring your reusable grocery bags!
Waste Meter – 5!
This is a 100% zero waste recipe! The only thing you’ll need to do is compost your potato peels. Nothing else needs to be tossed or even recycled. B.E.A.UTIFUL.
- 3 russet potatoes
- 1½ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- In a large pot bring 6-8 cups of water to a boil. Peel the potatoes and cut in half. Place in the boiling water and cook for 15 minutes until just tender. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
- Drain the potatoes and rinse under cold water for 1-2 minutes until they cool enough to hold. Grate the potatoes and place into a large mixing bowl.
- With your hands gently mix in the salt and pepper. Grabbing about 1-2 tablespoons of potato, form into little cylinders. Place on to a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat to keep them from sticking. Drizzle with olive oil.
- Bake for 15 minutes, then turn and bake for another 15 minutes.
Enjoy the memories, new and old!