Tater Tots Breakfast Casserole

June 21, 2011

Oh yes I did, and before you give me that look, let me just tell you that tater tots are basically hash browns and are therefore a perfectly acceptable breakfast food. So lower that eyebrow, you.

Besides, this is only one store-bought potato product away from being a perfectly respectable Spanish tortilla. It has all the trappings of a lovely frittata: peppers, mushrooms, onions, eggs; heck, it’s really no different than anything you’d see on a fine brunch menu. I just sauteed the vegetables in a cast iron skillet greased with a little bacon fat, dumped in the cooked tots and three or four beaten eggs, and then whacked the whole thing in the oven for fifteen or so minutes, and then I had the most satisfying brunch, with a slice of toasted rye and some good coffee.

It’s the tater tots, isn’t it. That’s what’s so hard to accept. Well, suit yourself. More for me.

22 Responses to Tater Tots Breakfast Casserole

  1. lo
    June 21, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I’m not even gonna roll my eyeballs at this one, since I have a particular soft spot for tater tots. And who said you can’t be a foodie if you appreciate little shredded bits of tot shaped potato anyhow? *scoff*

  2. June 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I pity the fool who can’t loosen up long enough to enjoy a good, hearty tater tot. I want your casserole and I want it badly.

  3. June 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I second (third?) Lori’s and Rebecca’s sentiments. My mouth was hanging open at first sight. YES. YES YES.

  4. June 21, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Uggghhh . . . sorry, my eyebrows appear to be glued to the top of my forehead. So why is this in the “failure pile”?

  5. June 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    I luuuuuv tater tots. You can make your own, but… Meh.

  6. June 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Slap some sausage (italian or not) in that baby and call me giddy! Cheers!

  7. June 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    who’s hating tots?! not me. we used to have a cat named Tater Tot…never knew why…but he was a good cat. even the kennedy school serves tater tots, but yours look better!

  8. Syd
    June 21, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    OMG, I think I love your white-trashy stuff the best. I’m a tater tots Ho anyway.

  9. June 22, 2011 at 3:16 am

    I make frittata with leftover chips, so I really can’t judge. Anyway, you make trashy look good!

  10. June 22, 2011 at 4:55 am

    This. Is. Insane. In the best way possible. Making this for my friends at our next brunch!

  11. judiu
    June 22, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Where DO I find the recipe?

  12. June 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Frankly. I love this. Everything has its place… including tater tots, which I love.

  13. June 23, 2011 at 6:16 am

    I will not take any issue with those who want to use the Tots – unless your name is Duggar. If they’re good enough for Napoleon Dynamite, they’re good enough for me! I think this would make a really nice Friday supper. My egg and potato loving husband would gobble it up without a second thought (see, another non-tot-hater).

  14. June 23, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Well! I guess I need to go buy me some tots, since this mofo is totally going to be my Saturday breakfast….YUM.

  15. Alli D
    June 23, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Tater tots are very versatile! hold your head up high, this recipe looks great,simple and easy!
    Happy cooking!

  16. June 24, 2011 at 5:17 am

    I’m thinking of getting a shirt printed reading “non-tater-tot-hater”. It has a certain ring to it. I know this would taste freaking amazing, especially on a hangover, but I’m a British snob and my eyebrow is still raised – though more due to my natty monocle than in approbation of this dish.

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  18. June 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    This looks AMAZING!!!! I must try it!!! :-)

  19. ken
    June 30, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Oh Jesus, I am quivering now. Seriously.

  20. July 1, 2011 at 1:53 am

    EGFXc1 hlroqejseegs

  21. July 1, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Looks good and sounds wonderful. What’s not to love about a tater tot.