It’s amazing how three little ingredients when put together in just the right way can taste just so right. In this case, we are talking bacon (but of course), jalapeno pepper and yes, Tater Tots. Those addictive little crispy bundles of chopped potato that I can only buy every once in a while because I have zero self control around them. And while I am perfectly happy to eat way more than my fair share of them just as they are, I am delighted to report that they also make great appetizer fixings!
This all started when I bought a bag of Tots to make the 15 minute ham and potato chowder I wrote about last week. I looked all through my supermarket’s freezer section for a smaller bag of Tots…the Southern husband is my witness! But apparently my store only carries large economy sized bags, and so after my chowder was done I still had the better part of a bag of them left. What’s a girl to do?
A girl takes a bunch of those Tots, thaws them out, wraps them in bacon with a slice of jalapeno pepper inside, fastens the whole thing together with a toothpick and deep fries them for about 2 minutes until the bacon is cooked and the Tot is sizzling. Then she drains them for a few minutes on a paper towel and serves them to the Southern husband in place of a normal supper that night. Hey, it was meat and potatoes and a vegetable! He didn’t look like he minded.
One word of caution…the jalapeno slice does give these babies a fair amount of sneaky heat, so if you have anyone in your crowd who doesn’t like that amount of spice, simply wrap a few Tots just in bacon with no pepper inside. They are just as good mild as they are spicy.Print
- 24 Tater Tots, thawed
- 2 jalapeno peppers, sliced into thin rounds
- 12 slices bacon, cut in halves
- Canola oil for frying
- Pour about 2-3 inches of canola oil into a heavy deep pot (a Dutch oven works great for this) and heat to 350 degrees.
- While the oil is heating, wrap each Tot in a slice of bacon, tucking a jalapeno slice inside. Spear everything together with a wooden toothpick.
- Carefully lower the Tots into the oil with a metal slotted spoon or spider. Cook until bacon is done, about 2 minutes. Remove, drain on paper towels and serve!