This appetizer has been featured in a how-to post on The Recipe Girl blog: Bacon & Cheese Wrapped Tater Tots w/ Tabasco.
Yield: 24 appetizers
Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 15 min
This appetizer is a fun one for sports-themed parties like Super Bowl. They're simple to make and will be quickly devoured by your guests!
24 tater tots, partially defrosted (15 minutes at room temperature)
12 strips center-cut bacon, cut in half crosswise
24 (1/2-inch) chunks sharp cheddar cheese
24 drops Tabasco sauce
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with nonstick spray.
2. Lay a piece of bacon on a flat surface. Place a tater tot on top. Using a sharp knife, gently cut a slit down the center of the tater tot. Wiggle a piece of cheese into the slit. Sprinkle Tabasco sauce on top. Wrap bacon tightly around the stuffed tater tot and secure with a toothpick. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
3. Bake 15 minutes, or until they appear to be cooked through and the bacon is crispy. Serve immediately.
*Tater tots are found in the frozen section- Ore Ida makes them.
*Variations: add a piece of pickle on top of the cheese. Roll the bacon-wrapped tater tot in brown sugar before baking to add a little sweet flavor to this (my favorite way to make these)- just make sure you don't over-bake them though or the sugar will make them burn. Or try replacing the cheddar cheese with cream cheese and a piece of pepperoncini.
*Make ahead tip: Assemble these a few hours ahead, place them on a baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and bake when ready.
*Try serving them up with a spicy sour cream dip- sour cream mixed with a little bit of Tabasco sauce.