Crispy (No-Fry) Potato Pancake Poppers
These might only be half as tall as Tater Tots®, but personally I think they're twice as good! With just a handful of ingredients and no messy stovetop frying, get ready to enjoy these crispy, caramelized potato pancake poppers. Pipe sour cream on top and sprinkle with chives to serve, or arrange on a platter and serve alongside an amazing dip, like a garlicky pesto aioli. They also make for truly fantastic breakfast potatoes to serve with bacon and eggs.
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I think I've given up on trying to make amazing potato tots at home. I've tried a few different methods, and with a lot of effort and mess you can make a mediocre batch, but they're just not worth all the work, when you can just tear open a bag of frozen tots. However, as far as I know, they don't sell frozen Crispy Potato Pancake Poppers, which are amazing, and were "invented" during one of these failed tot attempts.
Besides grating some potatoes and mixing a few ingredients in a bowl, there's not much work involved in creating these crispy, crusty beauties. Plus, we're cooking them in the oven, so not only are they pretty easy, there's very little mess. Beyond how simple, delicious, and texturally exciting these are, they're also very versatile.
As you can see in the video, they're great simply dunked in your favorite potato-friendly dip and make a perfect base for all sorts of one-bite snacks. These also shine as a side dish next to anything that works with fries or tots and would make a fantastic change-of-pace alternative to your usual breakfast potato. But, no matter how you enjoy these, I really do hope you give them a try soon. Enjoy!
You can use standard-sized muffin pans, but if you do, only fill them halfway so the potatoes cook all the way through.
Make sure you add the flour and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese to the potatoes in the order listed in the recipe so you don't get any clumping.
If some of the poppers are not as browned on the bottoms, you can put them back in the tins and bake for another 5 or 10 minutes.