12/31/2013 08:58 am ET Updated Mar 02, 2014

Homemade Parmesan Tater Tots

Frozen tots get a major overhaul in this recipe for made-from-scratch tater tots featuring Parmesan and garlic (and only three other ingredients!).

Okay, sure, tater tots aren't exactly the most highbrow of foods. But, just because they aren't the fanciest doesn't mean they aren't delicious. We all (hopefully) have had at least one perfect batch of tater tots -- golden, crispy, and seasoned to perfection.

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Unfortunately, more often than not they are decidedly disappointing -- watery potatoes loosely held together by a soggy crust. Maybe if you're lucky you'll get a sprinkle of salt. Thankfully, the art of making the perfect tater tot from scratch is not esoteric. It's actually surprisingly simple.

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Bake some potatoes, shred them on a box grater, and stir them up with some Parmesan cheese, roasted garlic, and a sprinkle of sea salt. Then hand form them into nuggets and bake them into crispy tot perfection.

Hand-Formed Parmesan Tater Tots by CamillaMMann

Serves 4

3 large red potatoes (1 1/2 pounds)

2 cloves of roasted garlic

1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

1 dash freshly ground sea salt

Olive oil for greasing pan

See the full recipe on Food52.

Photo by James Ransom

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