Pepperoni Pizza Tots
To the basic Tater Tots recipe, add a tablespoon of minced fresh oregano, 2 ounces of grated mozzarella cheese, and 2 ounces of finely chopped pepperoni. Fry as directed.
Pepperoni Pizza Tots, the Cross-Section
Add 3 ounces of finely diced Spanish-style dry-cured Chorizo. Serve dusted with smoked paprika, a lemon wedge, and mayonnaise, preferably homemade. These were probably my favorite variation.
Add 2 to 3 ounces of finely crumbled blue cheese to the potato mixture before frying. Toss the fried Tots with Buffalo sauce and serve with extra blue cheese, if you'd like.
Twice Baked Potater Tots
Add 6 slices of cooked, finely crumbled bacon and 2 ounces of grated cheddar cheese to the basic Tot recipe. Serve with sour cream and chives (or scallions).
If all goes well, the cheese should get nice and gooey in the center of the Tots.
Spicy Breakfast Tots
Add a couple ounces of finely chopped cooked breakfast sausage along with 1/4 to 1/2 of a jalapeño pepper, finely chopped (ribs and seeds removed). I like these with a bit of maple syrup drizzled on top.
Sweet Potater Tots
Follow directions for regular tots, substituting sweet potatoes for regular potatoes. The Tots will come out slightly darker and not quite as crisp. Unfortunately, that's the nature of the beast with sweet potatoes...