But it just never occured to me. I thought tater was just a funny word that sounded good with tot, which was just another funny word that let you know that whatever dish you were about to eat is small.
The whole tater = potato thing sort of flew right past me. Whoops.
I didn’t realize the connection until after I had made these tater tots (which actually taste like the real thing, believe it or not, even though they’re made with a single ‘tater). I was trying to decide on some clever name for the recipe, with no luck might I add, when everything became clear.
I felt so stupid! After a big long “ohhhh” I decided to call this recipe Tater-less Tots, and then I ran into my kitchen to eat more of them in hopes of halting the embarassment. It didn’t work… but at least the tots were delicious!
- 1 1/2 cups (1 can) chickpeas, rinsed and drains
- 120 g cauliflower, chopped into small pieces
- 1 cup cooked quinoa (about 1/3 cup dry)
- 1/4 cup ground flax
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup finely minced shallot
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
Right now you’re probably looking at the ingredient list above and thinking that I’m even crazier than the story I already told you implied. Just trust me. It sounds nuts, but those ingredients really do come together to create something that tastes like a potato.
Which by the way, is what “tater” means in the phrase “tater tot”. You know, ’cause I know that now.
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