The childhood classic just go a makeover! Purple Sweet Potato Tater Tots that are baked, gluten-free, allergy-free, vegan, and paleo. This healthier alternative recipe to the fried side dish will have your tots all smiles and laughs! Who could say no to colorful food?
It’s that wonderful time of year again when not only is it sweet potato “season” (although I’d argue there is never a season for potatoes…Potatoes are 365), but also PURPLE sweet potato season! I do have to lament this time and try to reconcile the fact that there is only a 7% chance I’ll have a PSP anytime soon :/ Nary a purple beauty to be found in NJ, I kid you not! The last one I had were my special birthday shipment from Frieda’s, my only connection to the lovely Stokes Purple. Too bad Freida’s has kind of died away and I never hear from them anymore 🙁 No tatoes for me!)
I knew I had to make those few purple beauties into something spectacular for the blog. This Purple Sweet Potato Tater Tot recipe was one of the creations that came to be! I’d been craving some tots for the longest while. My mom used to buy the frozen bagged tots that you bake in the oven and serve them to my brother and I for dinner. I actually never “liked” tater tots too much. I never told my mom that, not sure why, but I always preferred fries or mashed potatoes. There was something about them that just wasn’t “potato” enough for me. Alas, grab some ketchup and I could deal!
I think my affinity for tater tots grew after the Napoleon Dynamite craze. Am I right? You know what I’m talking about!
Ah! Napoleon and his tots! ND was another one of my strange obsessions when I was younger. I again had the memorabilia, shirts, gizmos, and gadgets. I don’t think (I, nor anyone else) will ever understand the point of that movie. The strange and random storyline was all part of the appeal I guess, and you couldn’t not watch the movie multiple times. A moment of pop culture that will live on for generations (I hope!) It gave us a greater appreciation for tater tots at least. I bet the industry saw a boom in business after that movie was released!
I think Napolean would be even more protective of these snazzy tots! When you make something purple, life just gets that much better! Unlike the movie, purple is something we can all understand! I kid you not, everyone will love tater tots once they have this purple version! They’re a tad sweet due to the “sweet potato” factor, but I still decided to spice mine up in a more savory way. It’s up to you on the spices you want to include! One thing is certain, though….serve with ketchup!
Purple Sweet Potato Tater Tots
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- Peel and boil the potatoes for about 8-10 minutes, until just fork tender.
- Grate the potatoes to get about 3 cups of grated potato.
- Add the 3 cups of grated potato, arrowroot, and spices to a bowl and mix together.
- Take about 1 TB and form a tater tot shape, place on a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet and repeat for the rest of the mixture.
- Bake in the over for 20 minutes, flip them and bake another 10 minutes.
Are we excited to get our tot-on yet? I say we bake up some Purple Sweet Potato Tater Tots, cozy up on the couch, and mindlessly watch Napoleon Dynamite! Who’s with me? Tater tot craving…satisfied and healthified! I do hope the tater tot crave comes back…it seems to have died in the 90s…But they really are a great kid-friendly side dish that now we adults can feel awesome about eating too!
So tell me:
+ Napoleon Dynamite fan? Always!
+ Did you grow up eating tater tots?
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