Tater Tot Hash Browns - The Surznick Common Room

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Tater Tot Hash Browns

Happy Sunday, friends! We hope that you all had a great Valentine's Day weekend. Friday night we got "heart shaped" pizzas (so completely not heart shaped), Shamrock Shakes (the holy grail), and watched 10 Things I Hate About You. It was the perfect V-Day.

If you recall, we loooove brunch. I'd eat eggs any time of any day, but there's nothing better than waking up and making a delicious spread to start your day. This morning we had a totally awesome addition to our standard brunch... we made tater tot hash browns!

Several months ago, I saw this pin about making hash browns using tater tots and a waffle iron. So we decided to try it, and yes, it was a total success. It's so much easier than cutting and frying potatoes, or even just frying frozen hash browns on the stove. Tater tots are already kind of like little hash browns on their own, so basically all you're doing is smooshing them into hash brown patties, but it's still a genius idea.

All you need is tater tots and a waffle iron! By the way, if you don't have a waffle iron, you definitely should. My mom made me homemade waffles every weekend growing up and she still makes Nick and I waffles every time we go home to visit. I love being able to make waffles any time we want (and they're so much better than store bought... or pancakes!)

Here's what you do!
- Spray your waffle iron with non-stick spray and let it warm up on the waffle setting, or a high setting. Our waffle iron has low, medium, high, and waffle settings (waffle is in between medium and high). We just used the waffle setting.
- Place your frozen tater tots closely together in your waffle iron. We made 4 hash browns with 2x4 tater tots. Yours will depend on the size and shape of your waffle plates.

- Close your waffle iron lid to begin cooking. At first it probably won't close very far because the tater tots are still frozen. Cook them for 15-20 minutes, occasionally pressing down on the lid of your waffle iron to flatten the tater tots and squish them together.
 - Note, if you thaw your tater tots, you may have to adjust your cooking time accordingly. We've never let ours thaw because I don't want them to crumble or be too messy to handle or anything.
- While your hash browns are cooking you can make your bacon, eggs, coffee, etc.! Once they're golden brown and crispy, you're done! Carefully remove them with two forks and serve!

We like to eat ours with a little cheddar cheese sprinkled on them and then topped with a dippy egg. So delicious. And so super easy. If you prefer not to use tater tots, you could just buy frozen hash browns and cook them in the waffle iron instead of on the stove. Pretty much the exact same thing, but I like the ease of handling tater tots.

Do you guys have any great waffle iron recipes to share? We've made cinnamon rolls in our waffle iron before... they were heavenly. I'd really like to try these... anyone want to come over for dessert?

Sarah & Nick


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