When I first woke up in the middle of the night dreaming about a Tater-tot/Hamantashen hybrid I could not go back to sleep! I knew that my alternate dream life had lead me to Purim gold! Although extremely tired from my lack of sleep, I spent the whole next day and writing down a list of why tater tots rock and how to properly incorporate their awesomeness into a triangle shape. I quickly realized that the triangle would work to my advantage because 3 corners = 3x more the crispy edges. So, from their I wrote a list if criteria that my TATERTOSCHEN needed to meet.
- must be easy to make
- must freeze well so that people can prepare them in advance
- must be vegan and gluten free so that everyone can enjoy them!
- must be crispy
- must NOT be fried. Because. Frying is annoying
Last but not least…
6.must be completely and utterly addictive.
So, for the past month, I have made these so many different times, each time adjusting the recipe to enhance and simplify the recipe. Then once I finally settled on a recipe that yielded results that tasted and were just as crispy as their fried counterparts I spent days testing the best way to freeze and reheat them!
But, no. My work did not end there. Because once I created a vegan and gluten free version, I obviously had to take and junkyify (another word brought to you by the PL&C language) it. Which meant adding a ton of cheddar cheese (because, cheese) and filling them with the yummiest, most delicious brunch foods of all time.
So, this Purim, if you only do one thing. TATERTOSCH.
You can fill them with pulled red wine braised short ribs like I did, or stuff them with some shredded bbq chicken, imitation crab salad or tuna tartare for a fish course, or do what my kids did and fill the hole with ketchup and just eat em straight up!
(warning: if your family goes the ketchup route, close your eyes and back away slowly, because a little piece of your foodie heart may die)
However you choose to serve these, just make sure you are already fed when these come out of the oven. Because if not, it is very likely you will consume the whole tray, by yourself, in the kitchen.
For the printable TATERTOSCHEN recipe click here
For the printable CHEESY CHEDDAR TATERTOSCHEN recipe click here
For the printable PULLED RED WION BRAISED SHORT RIBS recipe click here