Do you love tater tots and sweet potato fries? Well, I just made the next best thing…Sweet potato or yam tater tots!!! In my opinion, yams and sweet potatoes taste the same, so I bought yams for this recipe. However, sweet potatoes also work the same way and most people can identify with the taste of sweet potatoes versus yams. One If you are to use yams, they usually have a deeper orange color…which I love…and they are usually cheaper than sweet potatoes! That’s a double win :)
Not only are these tots pretty, you also won’t feel guilty eating them. This is because they are baked and not fried! The panko breadcrumbs gives these tots nice crispy crunch without the need for frying.
If needed, I have also adapt this recipe for those that need to be gluten free (I put the adjustment in the ingredients list). Enjoy these with your next BBQ cookout with some ketchup or a garlic aioli!
Makes: 37-38 Tater Tots (1 1/4 Inch size, can make more if you make them smaller)
3 Large yams or sweet potatoes (cut into thirds or quartered depending on how big and puncture with a fork a few times.)
1/2 tsp Garlic powder
1/2 tsp Onion powder
1 Cup + 1 Cup Panko breadcrumbs (or gluten free panko)
1/4 tsp Garlic salt + more for the end
1/2 Cup Shredded sharp cheddar
Spray oil (for the pan)
1. Preheat oven to 400. Place your cut yams or sweet potatoes on a sheet tray, cover them with foil and bake for 55 min to an hour or until very tender. When you take out the yams/sweet potatoes, preheat the oven to 425.
2. Using a spoon, or other utensils, scoop/peel away the skin and place in a bowl. Smash the yams/sweet potatoes with a potato smasher or the back of a glass cup until it resembles mashed potatoes and there are no lumps. Put the bowl in the freezer for 10-15 minutes or until the mashed vegetable is luke warm (you do not want to scramble the egg when you mix it in later).
3. Mix the rest of the ingredients (only 1 cup of panko) in the bowl with your hands until the mixture is uniform.
4. On a plate, lay out the other cup of panko.
5. Prepare a sheet tray with aluminum and spray it with spray oil.
6. Form your tots into 1 1/4 inch long rectangles and then roll in the panko. Evenly place them on the sheet tray and bake for 35 min. Then, turn your oven to broil and cook for an additional 1-2 min to lightly brown the tops (be careful not to burn them).
7. Sprinkle the finished tater tots with garlic salt and serve with ketchup or your favorite aioli (a garlic aioli would go great with this).