Sweet Potato Goat Cheese Tater Tots

by Heather on March 28, 2012

HOLY GOODNESS.  Y’all.  Really.  Need.  To.  Make.  These.  Now.

I’m going to be honest here:  making my own tater tots kind of freaked me out big time.  See, I don’t know why but in the same way that I’m unreasonably terrified of baking with yeast, I’m almost equally as scared to do something unfamiliar with potatoes.  Why?  I have no idea, although part of me thinks that since moving to Colorado the altitude has messed with me.  Things that used to be easy like baking chocolate chip cookies, making rice, boiling dried beans and working with potatoes have all turned into gigantic projects that I just can’t seem to get a handle on.  But as I’ve said before, when a craving for tater tots strikes then I pity the fool who stands in the way.


Cravings are no joke people.  No joke.

The funniest part about this is the fact that I got myself all worked up for nothing.  Turns out that homemade tater tots are just about the easiest thing in the whole entire world to make.  You have potatoes.  You have a grater.  You have hot oil and salt.  The end.


Easy peasy.

One of the best things about making your own tots at home though is that you can get all fancy with the dipping sauce.  I like ketchup as much as the next person, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want a little something extra nice for my tots or fries at times.  I may not be a fancy-schmancy girl most of the time, but dippers?  Different story.  I made a simple mixture of a equal parts of sour cream, Greek yogurt, and mayonnaise and then spiced it up with some curry powder, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper.  Nothing crazy, but definitely fancier than ketchup!


These tater tots take almost no active time to make and come out with a big finish.  Sweet potatoes and goat cheese make the perfect sweet-creamy-salty bite!

  • 3 small sweet potatoes, washed and peeled
  • 1 small Russet potato, washed and peeled
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 4 cups vegetable oil
  • sea salt

Using the fine side of a box grater grate the potatoes.  Drain them as best you can; I wrapped mine in a towel and squeezed out all the liquid I could.  Toss them in a bowl with the flour and goat cheese and mix until well combined.  Wrap the mixture in plastic wrap until it makes two long tubes of potato mixture about 1 foot long and 1 inch in diameter.  Stick in the freezer for about 30 minutes until slightly firm.  Using a sharp knife slice the cylinder into nuggets about 1/2 inch thick; leave on the plastic wrap to make it easier to pull off when putting in the oil.


Heat the oil in a heavy-bottom saucepan over low heat until bubbles start to form when you stick a wooden spoon in.  Drop 10-12 tater tots into the oil and fry for about 3-5 minutes until golden brown and crisp.  Remove to a paper towel-covered plate to drain and season immediately with salt.  Work in batches until all of the tater tots are done.



Now if only I could get that whole yeast/rice/dried beans thing down I think I’d be set!

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{ 65 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar March 28, 2012

These look freaking fantastic! Awesome idea!


2 Nescett @ bananaoats March 28, 2012

I need these in my life. And I’m also afraid of cooking with yeast. :)


3 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance March 28, 2012

Oh goodness. My current breakfast now looks like dirt.


4 Whitney March 28, 2012

This looks amazing and I bet the babies would love it! And I already have everything…. Is this acceptable for dinner?


5 Liz @ Tip Top Shape March 28, 2012

Ooohh these look great!!!


6 Jessica J March 28, 2012

Oh yum! I am so making my own tater tots! :)


7 Anna @ On Anna's Plate March 28, 2012

Whoa– homemade tater tots?!? You just blew my mind :-)


8 Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables March 28, 2012

whoa, these look so delicious! I absolutely love goat cheese in my sweet potatoes, I can’t even imagine how great it would be all fried up :)


9 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) March 28, 2012

Wow! These look impressive!


10 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen March 28, 2012

Love these! I made something almost exactly the same but baked them and called them “puffs” instead. Tater tots are kinda more fun ;)


11 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic March 28, 2012

I’ve never made my own tater tots because I’m intimidated too, but I’m glad you debunked the myth that it is hard to cook at home! Your dipping sauce sounds fantastic, too.


12 Kim in MD March 28, 2012

These look amazing, Heather. Thanks for taking the mystery out of making tater-tots!


13 Urban Wife March 28, 2012

Sounds like a heavenly combo of goat cheese & sweet potato. Love this!


14 emily (a nutritionist eats) March 28, 2012

These sound amazing and look SO good. Love the dipping sauce as well, I love sauces like that.


15 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious March 28, 2012

Oh wow they are easy to make! I don’t know why I’ve been so intimidate by homemade tater tots! And I love that you can use a box grater. I thought I’d have to buy a potato ricer!

As for the dipping sauces, I totally know what you mean. Ketchup is great but a little garlic aioli never hurt anyone :)


16 Emilia March 28, 2012

I would never have thought to make my own tater tots, not to mention sweet potato ones, but these look delicious! I love the idea of pairing them with goat cheese, makes them a bit classier, no? ;)


17 Jessica @ How Sweet March 28, 2012

holy freak these look so good.


18 Juli @ PaleOMG March 28, 2012

I am completely and utterly in love with you. This recipe made my heart skip a beat.


19 Janan March 28, 2012

These sound (and look) DELICIOUS! Goat cheese and sweet potatoes are two of my favorite things. Any ideas on how to do these in the oven?


20 Yammie @ Yammie's Noshery March 28, 2012

Oh. My.

That is all.

Except… why didn’t I think of this. kbye.


21 Amy March 28, 2012

oh my these look awesome! everything u make does…i would devour these in a second.


22 Robin Sue March 28, 2012

Look at you blogging and whipping up so deliciousness! Good for you! I liked your letting go post. Yup let it all go so that you can hold your baby. They will remember you more for the snuggles than the clean bathroom!


23 Brittney March 28, 2012

Whoa, those look incredible! You’re a genius!


24 Rhonda March 28, 2012

I love absolutely everything about this! wow!


25 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen March 29, 2012

I need these now!


26 Chris @ The Keenan Cookbook March 29, 2012

These look absolutely scrumptious!


27 janetha March 29, 2012

i saw a commercial for sonic’s sweetater tots and have been wanting them. instead, i am making these. asap.


28 susie March 30, 2012

Yum! I buy sweet potatoes every week, and we eat them roasted, boring, every week. Ha, not next week!


29 gailllc March 31, 2012

I literally leapt out of my chair and hustled to the kitchen and made up the dip, because *I had sweet potato fries in the oven!!* It was delicious! Since I like a thinner dipping sauce I diluted with buttermilk (like making ranch dip) which I always have on hand, and spiced it after I had the consistency I wanted. We’ll be making the tots to go with it soon! (goat cheese, what could be bad??)


30 Brooke April 5, 2012

About how many does one serving make??


31 Heather April 5, 2012

I’d say there are about 10-15 per serving, and one batch makes around 5 servings or so!


32 Elise Hicks April 18, 2012

Not sure if I’m reading everything right. Does this mean you’ll have more than one one-foot-long plastic wrapped mixture? It says to roll it to one foot long x one inch wide and cut into 1/2 inch pieces. That only makes 24 which would be two servings. Just trying to get prepared for preparation! Thanks.


33 Heather April 19, 2012

sorry, you’re right…it should be two tubes. thanks for catching it!


34 Erin April 5, 2012

I just had sweet potato tater tots for the first time by Alexia, but goat cheese!? yum-o!


35 Peggy April 7, 2012

Wondering if these could be baked instead of fried? Anyone try that?


36 Heather April 7, 2012

i haven’t, but i *think* it might work if you baked them on a baking rack – that way they could get crispier than if you just put them on a sheet pan. let me know if you find a way to make that work though!


37 Cassie April 7, 2012

I just made these and they turned out awesome! Great simple recipes are always the best.


38 Heather April 7, 2012

That’s great! I’m so glad you liked them!


39 GlutenFreePDX April 9, 2012

Hi Heather, thanks for the beautiful looking recipe.

I’m gluten-free, and thought swapping out regular flour for GF flour (Bob’s Red Mill) would be no problem. Well, the tots were a disaster, they just fell apart in the oil! But perhaps the potatoes were too wet, do you need to really dry them out a lot? I used a towel to get a good portion of liquid out, maybe not enough.

Either way, I failed on this recipe, but would love to make it work someday soon! -ben


40 Heather April 10, 2012

hey ben! you know, i hardly ever cook with gluten-free flours, but from my experience that would likely be the issue. i didn’t squeeze every single drop out of my potatoes, which leads me to believe it would be the way gluten-free flours absorb water and stick together.

i’ll see if i can check with my sister, who’s gluten-free, and find out if she has any suggestions!


41 Jenn July 19, 2012

Did you ever find a solution to this? I plan to try them this weekend with coconut flour and a little sorghum. Hoping it works!


42 Heather July 19, 2012

hey jenn – you know, i never did and haven’t heard back from anyone else. if it works for you this weekend i’d love to know!


43 Cookie and Kate April 9, 2012

Woah. Woah. That’s all I can think to say to this recipe. Woah.


44 Kate April 10, 2012

These sound fabulous! I wonder if they would be good baked instead of fried…


45 Pam April 12, 2012

So anyone reading the comments and wondering whether you really have to grate the potatoes with a box grater, or whether you can just do them in your food processor, which is a coarser grate… the answer is, use the box grater. I did mine in the food processor, and it was a MAJOR fail. Also, I would recommend having some extra goat cheese on hand in case if your potatoes are slightly bigger. It seemed like my fail was a combination of coarseness of grate and not enough cheese to hold the potatoes together. It was a hot mess, but the few bits that sort of held together were DELICIOUS! So I’ll definitely try again.


46 Heather April 12, 2012

thanks for bringing that up pam! you’re right, and i should have mentioned it, how necessary it is to use the smaller setting on the box grater. i love my food processor attachment, but i knew that the larger shreds probably wouldn’t cook up as well. i’m glad you liked what you were able to try though!


47 Amber DeGrace April 26, 2012

I made these last night but used all white potatoes since that’s what I had. The goat cheese fried right out in some spots and they were kind of dense but tasty. I think I’ll try coarse grate next time when using white potatoes. I’m excited to tweak this recipe – so many possibilities! Thank you for a great idea.


48 r6d May 5, 2012

love to try this but could you recommend an alternative to russet potato? I think it’s hard to find it in my area


49 Heather May 5, 2012

hmmm…i would say maybe a yukon gold would be fine? any really starchy potato would work fine!


50 Catherine June 5, 2012

In case an one is wondering I got the calorie info per serving for this recipe. There are 209 calories per serving, not including the extra fat from frying.


51 Mandi July 12, 2012

Thanks there Catherine for being the ‘Debbie-Downer’ at the party. LOL


52 Laura September 21, 2012

Ohhhhhh, these sound amazing!!! I LOVE sweet potatoes!!! Any idea how these would work baked instead of fried???


53 Heather September 24, 2012

you know, i don’t know how they would turn out baked. i think you’d probably want to brush them with some sort of oil so that they sort of oven-fry to get a crispy exterior, but i’m sure they’d be nice and pillowy on the inside!


54 Stephie October 10, 2012

I made these for the family (well, ok my boyfriend made them. I picked out the recipe). They were tasty and addictive. The only thing I found was that they got fully cooked on the outside before they were very hot/cooked on the inside. Luckily the potato is shredded very thinly so it’s not like you’re biting into a raw potato or anything. Thanks for the recipe!


55 Chellies November 10, 2012

Can you freeze these? I’m hesitant because raw potato usually turns black, but doesnt seem like they would be good reheated. Just wondering.


56 Heather November 10, 2012

to be honest i’m not sure, we ate them all at once! i think sweet potato is a little different, but to be safe i’d wrap them as airtight as possible. and they should be ok reheated in the oven – nice and crisp!


57 chellie December 22, 2012

I’m making these right now, and having some challenges. When you say freeze til firm, do you mean actually frozen, or almost frozen? Mine have been in the freezer for almost an hour, and they are still quite flexible. They’re falling apart when I cook them.


58 Heather December 22, 2012

Mine were to the point that they were almost frozen all the way through, but you could still cut through them fairly easily with a paring knife.

I hope they work out for you!


59 Kerin July 24, 2013

Sorry if this is really obvious but when you grate the potatoes they are raw?


60 Heather July 24, 2013

Don’t apologize Kerin! I don’t think I said it in the post – yes, you would grate them while they’re raw – just make sure it’s a fine grater so that they can cook all the way through during the frying process!


61 Brenda September 12, 2013

I understand completely. Since moving to Colorado I can’t seem to be able to bake either.


62 Kara October 7, 2013

Heather, I made these yesterday and they were amazing! Thanks for the recipe!


63 Heather October 7, 2013

That’s great Kara! I’m so glad you liked them!


64 Bianca @ The Pierogie Mama November 11, 2013

ABSOLUTELY amazing!! So good! I’m going to try baking these next time. Oil burns are no fun.


65 Heather November 11, 2013

I’d love to hear how you baked them next time! Always looking for healthier options :)


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