February 2, 2012

National Tater Tot Day

"The man who has nothing to boast of but his illustrious ancestry is like the potato . . . the best part under ground." - Thomas Overbury

It's National Tater Tot Day!
(Please note: I don't know if this is actually a "real" food holiday, but I'm celebrating it anyway!)

Sponsored by: Alexia Natural Foods

I don't have the highest opinion of "the tater tot." In my opinion, it may be one of the lowliest foods in the culinary kingdom. I don't blame this on the tater tot themselves; it's not their fault they've gotten such a negative connotation in my mind. I'm pretty sure it's the people who make them who've ruined their poor image. Because, when it come to tater tots all I think of is greasy, incredibly soggy, totally bland potato lumps that kids are forced to eat during school lunch by angry cafeteria ladies.

Naturally, I also think of Napoleon Dynamite.

As a result, I don't think I've had a tater tot in maybe fifteen years.

Tonight that changed.

A few months ago my sister and I were walking through the organic section in the grocery store when she suddenly, joyously squealed, "THEY MAKE SWEET POTATO TOTS NOW?!" She ripped open the freezer door, yanked out a bag of frozen tots, and looked at me with sheer excitement. "Awesome," I responded sarcastically and kept walking. What I didn't know then was that she had pulled out a bag of all-natural Alexia "Sweet Potato Puffs", the very tater tots that - courtesy of them - I got to try tonight.

And that changed my foodie feelings (for the better!) towards the tot family.

These are like a grown-up version of the tater tots from our youth. They're the perfect textural balance of crispy on the outside and soft on the inside - which is the exact consistency I want from a tot. They aren't at all heavy, and are slightly sweeter tasting than you might expect (which matches perfectly with a spicier dipping sauce [I made a raspberry-chipotle one for tonight]!).

Accompanied with homemade apple sauce and chickenless fingers? It totally makes me feel like I'm eating the sophisticated, gourmet, adult version of a kid's meal!

Happy National Tater Tot Day!

Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer. Opinions expressed are totally my own and are NOT in anyway influenced by monetary compensation. Logo used with permission of company.