Bacon & Cheese Wrapped Tater Tots with Tabasco

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:

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots 1The key ingredients:  frozen tater tots, Tabasco sauce, sharp cheddar cheese and center-cut bacon.

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots 2These are so easy to assemble.  Lay out a half-slice of bacon on a working surface.

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots 3Place a partially defrosted tater tot onto the bacon.

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots 4Cut a slit into the center of the tater tot.

Bacon Wrapped tater Tots 5Slide a chunk of sharp cheddar cheese into the middle.

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots 6Give it a good sprinkle of Tabasco Sauce.

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots 7Wrap the bacon tightly around.

Bacon Wrapped tater Tots 8Secure with a toothpick and place on a baking sheet.

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots 12Bake 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.

Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots 15

Serve immediately!

Bacon Wrapped Tater TotsIf 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.

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Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots

Yield: 24 appetizers

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Yield: 24 appetizers

Ingredients:

24 tater tots, partially defrosted (about 15 minutes at room temperature)
12 strips of center-cut bacon, cut in half
24 small chunks of sharp cheddar cheese (1/2-inch x 1/4-inch)
Tabasco sauce
toothpicks

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with nonstick spray.

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.

Bake 15 minutes, or until they appear to be cooked through and the bacon is crispy. Serve immediately.

Tips:

*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.

Source: RecipeGirl.com

For more Super Bowl recipes, please see my post on 101 Best Super Bowl Recipes on the Internet

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