I got that call from my sister again…”Hey Mel, so I have this really great idea but I don’t want to make it so can you?” Why yes, Francine, it would be my pleasure! How could I say no to a kitchen challenge?!? So this time, the idea was to use premade Tater Tots (you know, the ones that come in a bag in the freezer section of any grocery store) to make latkes for Chanukah. Would the latkes taste like Tater Tots? Would they keep that special flavor that only belongs to a Tater Tot? The quick answer is: YES!!!

All I did was shred up the defrosted Tater Tots with my hands then stirred in eggs and ripe avocado to bind the potatoes. Does the avocado make these latkes healthy? Sure…why not…

It was almost impossible to burn these latkes. Just a little sprinkle of flakey sea salt and these beautiful latkes were ready to eat up. It’s like a Tater Tot on crack!

Stack ’em up and top with apple sauce. Traditional potato latke? I think not!

Tater Tot Latkes

  • 4 cups frozen Tater Tots, defrosted
  • 2 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • flakey sea salt, as garnish

  1. Shred the defrosted Tater Tots in a bowl with your hands or a spoon. The Tots will break apart easily.
  2. Place the Tater Tots in the center of a towel, close the towel in your hand and squeeze to remove any extra liquid from the potatoes and the defrosting process. Place the Tots back in the bowl.
  3. Add the eggs and avocado to the shredded Tater Tots and stir until the mixture is thick and completely combined.
  4. Line a baking sheet with paper towels and set it next to the stove.
  5. In a heavy saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat then scoop ¼ cup of the Tater Tot mixture into the oil. Cook for two minutes then flip the latke and cook for another two minutes, until brown and crunchy on both sides. Place the latke on the paper towels to soak up any excess oil then transfer to a cooling rack. Start with one latke to make sure the oil is at the right temperature then repeat the process until all latkes are cooked.
  6. Top with apple sauce and eat up!