This is a simple appetizer that is great for breakfast or brunch we make them every year for Christmas morning brunch.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
40 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Arrange the tater tots in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes, so that they are no longer frozen but not completely cooked. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

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  • Place bacon slices in a skillet over medium heat. Fry bacon until cooked through but still flexible. Drain on paper towels.

  • Break each slice of cheese into small pieces. Each slice should make about 16 pieces. Place a piece of cheese against the side of a tater tot. Wrap with a piece of the bacon and secure with a toothpick. Place on a baking sheet. Repeat until you run out of tots.

  • Bake for about 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bacon is crisp.

Nutrition Facts

238 calories; protein 10.6g; carbohydrates 14.4g; fat 16.5g; cholesterol 30.6mg; sodium 817.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2008
The people at the party who like bland food liked these. We dipped them in onion blossom dip. Those who prefer more developed tastes had the bacon wrapped water chestnuts I baked besides these. Still I have made them now several times because people like them a lot! TIPS: 1) Do not pre-bake the tots. All I did is wrap them with the bacon and put in the fridge. When I could stick a toothpick through them I was did so. 2) Make sure to turn them over 1/2 way through cooking. 3) Make sure the bacon is wrapped all the way around the tot (not center cut bacon unless you use the whole piece) or the tot may fall apart. 4) I do not add the cheese...seems too messy for me! 5) Experiment with different flavors of bacon - they are all fun! 6) I line the cookie sheet with aluminum foil. 7) I bake these at a higher temp (400 - 450 depending on how hot your oven gets) so the bacon crisps. 8) Make sure to leave adequate space when baking any bacon wrapped appetizer. If you put them too close together they will steam and the bacon will not get crispy! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/29/2007
These were really good! A little involved to make but good! BUT don't leave them in near as long as it says. The cheese completely melted and burned away. You probably only need to leave them in for 15 - 20 minutes because the tater tots and bacon are already pre-cooked a bit. Leaving them in for 30 minutes was just way too long for the cheese! Read More
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31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2008
The people at the party who like bland food liked these. We dipped them in onion blossom dip. Those who prefer more developed tastes had the bacon wrapped water chestnuts I baked besides these. Still I have made them now several times because people like them a lot! TIPS: 1) Do not pre-bake the tots. All I did is wrap them with the bacon and put in the fridge. When I could stick a toothpick through them I was did so. 2) Make sure to turn them over 1/2 way through cooking. 3) Make sure the bacon is wrapped all the way around the tot (not center cut bacon unless you use the whole piece) or the tot may fall apart. 4) I do not add the cheese...seems too messy for me! 5) Experiment with different flavors of bacon - they are all fun! 6) I line the cookie sheet with aluminum foil. 7) I bake these at a higher temp (400 - 450 depending on how hot your oven gets) so the bacon crisps. 8) Make sure to leave adequate space when baking any bacon wrapped appetizer. If you put them too close together they will steam and the bacon will not get crispy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2009
Delicious! I made them a bit differently than the posted recipe. I didn't pre-cook the taters or bacon. I put the tater tots in the fridge for about 30 mins just long enough so a toothpick would go through them. I then wrapped the tater tots in half-slices of bacon and secured them with wet toothpicks. I seasoned with lemon pepper and salt. I put them in the oven at 450 for 20 mins flipping over 10 mins in. They're great dipped in maple syrup. I'll definitely make these again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2006
This is an old one! I used to make these back in the 80's and everyone loved them. Very good with a spicy honey mustard sauce for dipping. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/28/2007
These were really good! A little involved to make but good! BUT don't leave them in near as long as it says. The cheese completely melted and burned away. You probably only need to leave them in for 15 - 20 minutes because the tater tots and bacon are already pre-cooked a bit. Leaving them in for 30 minutes was just way too long for the cheese! Read More
(36)
Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2009
I am shocked that this recipe hasn't gotten better reviews. I made these for a New Years Eve party and every single person who had them loved them! And I continued to be asked to bring them to other parties in which they gain even more fans. Sure they are a little messy to make... but who doesn't love bacon tater tots and american cheese?!?! YUMMY!!!! If you find them too salty then you may have to try a different bacon. Line the pan with aluminum foil to aid in clean up. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2008
I added jalapenos and now i can never go to a superbowl without making a ton of these Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2007
Very tasty. These were so good and they are easy to make but very time consuming. I did not want my cheese to melt out so I did not wrap it with the bacon. When the wrapped tots were done cooking I laid the piece of cheese on top of each wrapped tot and put them back into the oven long enough to melt the cheese. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/03/2009
This is a delicious recipe. I omit the cheese and wrap a 1/3 slice of uncooked bacon around a mostly thawed tot! Comes out perfect. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/03/2007
A friend of our tries this recipe and I couldn't even make it thru 2 of them... so much salty flavor and bacon makes them a natural heart attack waiting to happen. Slightly lacked in flavor as well perhaps a more flavorful cheese than american singles could help make this a 2-star snack. Read More
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