Game Day is almost here, and the best thing about game day (besides watching those guys in tight pants running around the field with a football) is definitely the food… comfort food of all sorts… food you’re willing to sacrifice extra time at the gym for… food that you only treat yourself to once a year on Super Bowl Sunday. A Super Bowl party wouldn’t be quite right without comfort food, would it? I’ve got a quick and easy appetizer recipe for you that requires only 4 ingredients: bacon, tater tots, cheddar cheese and TABASCO® Original Red.
Are you a fan of Tabasco? Do you douse your scrambled eggs with it, drizzle it on your pizza or pour it into your Bloody Mary? I’m always curious to know how people use this stuff. Well, Tabasco sauce is the secret ingredient here, so don’t even think of leaving it out. It enhances the flavor of these little bites, taking them from ho-hum to woo-hoo!
Here’s the how-to:
The key ingredients: frozen tater tots, Tabasco sauce, sharp cheddar cheese and center-cut bacon.
These are so easy to assemble. Lay out a half-slice of bacon on a working surface.
Place a partially defrosted tater tot onto the bacon.
Cut a slit into the center of the tater tot.
Slide a chunk of sharp cheddar cheese into the middle.
Give it a good sprinkle of Tabasco Sauce.
Wrap the bacon tightly around.
Secure with a toothpick and place on a baking sheet.
Bake at 450 for about 15 minutes, until tater tots are cooked through and bacon is crispy. Drain on paper towels to rid these little bites of any excess fat.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try one of the suggested variations. Include a pickle for a little bit of a salty addition. Roll the original in brown sugar before baking. Or stuff with cream cheese and pepperoncini instead.
The Tabasco adds a very small amount of kick- just enough flavor to bring some special pizzazz to this appetizer. Since some like it hot, it would be a nice idea to leave the bottle of TABASCO® Original Red on the table so your spicy friends can go at it as they wish. Serve these these bites on their own or with a little dish of sour cream mixed with Tabasco for dipping.
This appetizer rocks. It’s easy to assemble, it’s kid-friendly, and football fans will devour these in no time at all. In our house, the hands-down favorite was the variation where you roll the original in brown sugar before baking. The flavors of sweet, smoky, and spicy were a delicious combination.
Yield: 24 appetizers
Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots
For more Super Bowl recipes, please see my post on 101 Best Super Bowl Recipes on the Internet
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TABASCO® Original Red. All opinions are 100% mine.
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