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Tater Tot Nests – Easy

Tater Tot Nests –  Super easy appetizer for your next party or family get-together.  Everyone loves these crispy Tater Tot Nests filled with melted cheese, sauteed onions, and crunchy bacon crumbles.  Top them with a little sour cream or ranch dressing. Your guests will be coming back for more, so make plenty.  Use Baco-Bits instead of Bacon for a vegetarian alternative.  

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Who doesn’t love crispy hashbrown potatoes?  These Tater Tot Nests are flattened tater tots in a mini tart pan.   Bake the nests until crisp and fill with yummy toppings.  Think loaded potato skins with tater tots in place of the skins.  Best of all, each nest is a single appetizer.  Come party time; these bites of potato deliciousness are on the menu.  YUM!

My SIS Method for a Delicious Tater Tot Nest Appetizer: 

What do I Need for Tater Tot Nests?

These tater tot nests appetizers are super fun and simple.  I say Simple is Smart SIS for a quick delicious, and simple appetizer.  

Gather your ingredients:

  1. Mini Muffin Tin has 24 wells. 
  2. 48 Frozen Tater Tots
  3. 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  4. 1 cup diced sweet onions
  5. Six slices of bacon.
  6. One scallion (green tops only)
  7. 1/2 cup sour cream or ranch or blue cheese dressing for topping. 

SIS Method for Making the Tater Tot Nest:
Here is how you make these yummy nests:

  1. Spray a mini muffin pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Saute the sweet onions until translucent.
  3. Cook the bacon until crispy and crumbly.
  4. Place two tots in each well of the mini muffin pan. 
  5. Bake for 12 minutes.
  6. Use the Mini Tart Shaper to form a Tater Tot Nest.
  7. Bake another 12 minutes
  8. Add a tsp. of the cheese
  9. Bake another two minutes
  10. Let the nests cool a bit and remove them from the mini muffin pan.  Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  11. Add a small amount of the sauteed onions and bacon crumbles. 
  12. Bake another 10 minutes until golden brown and crispy on the outside. 
  13. Serve with your favorite potatoes dip topper. 

Storing and Freezing:

These tater tot nests can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to two days before reheating and serving.  They also freeze well in an airtight container.   You can freeze the unfilled nests or fill the nests, but don’t bake them after you fill them.   Before serving, bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes for the unfilled frozen nests.  Then add the filling and rebake until hot and crispy.  

For filled nests, bake the frozen nests at 375-degrees on a parchment-lined cookie sheet for 15 minutes or until hot all the way through and golden brown color with crispy edges. 

Serve immediately with your favorite potato topper. 

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Tater Tot Nests - Easy

Who doesn't love an appetizer size bite of loaded Tater Tots. These Tater Tots are formed into a little nest that is filled with all of your favorite loaded Tater Tot toppings. Cheese, bacon, onions, and sour cream.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Tater Tot Appetizer, Easy Tater Tot Recipe, Loaded Tater Tots, Tater Tot boats, Tater Tot Nests, Tater Tots
Servings: 24 nests
Calories: 63kcal

Equipment

  • Mini Muffin Tins
  • mini tart shaper
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Ingredients

  • 48 Tater Tots (Frozen)
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese - either white or yellow
  • 1 cup diced sweet onions
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 scallion green part only for garnish
  • ½ cup sour cream or ranch dressing for topping

Instructions

  • Preheat The Oven to 425°F.
  • Spray a mini muffin pan with a non-stick spray.
  • Cook the bacon until crispy and then crumble into pieces. Set Aside.
  • Saute the onions in a little butter until translucent and soft. Set Aside
  • Add two frozen Tater Tots to each well.
  • Bake Tater Tots for 12 minutes
  • Use the Mini Tart Shaper to form a Tater Tot nest in each well.
  • Bake the Tater Tot Nest another 12 minutes
  • Add a tsp of grated cheddar cheese to each nest.
  • Bake another 2 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  • Let the Nests cool slightly and then remove them from the wells and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Add a small amount of the sauteed onions and top with some bacon crumbles. (see notes)
  • Bake another 8-10 minutes or until golden brown and crispy on the outside.
  • Let cool for five minutes and serve with a dollop of sour cream or ranch dressing on top. Garnish with some diced scallion tops.

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Notes

Once the nests have the onions and bacon added they can be stored for 1-2 days in an airtight container before reheating and serving.  These can be made ahead and frozen for 2-3 months in an airtight container. 
If you don't have a mini muffin tin, use a regular muffin tin.  You will want to add 4-5 Tater tot to each muffin well. Use a shot glass to form the nests. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1nest | Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 78IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg
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