Jessica's recipe for cheeseburger tater tot bites is easy and makes a great party snack out of everyday ingredients. It's especially good for game day entertaining.
It should be great for kids too, but Jessica's toddler son Levi was skeptical of the tasty treat. He vowed only to "lick it." So, does Levi like it? Not entirely clear.
This segment is a web exclusive for KTLA's California Cooking: Episode 19.
Note: This recipe is just a guideline. Jessica’s cooking philosophy is all about having the freedom to adjust a recipe and improvise in the kitchen based on your personal preferences.
Cheeseburger Tater Tot Bites
- tater tots
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/4 white onion, diced
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup ketchup
- 3 mini chopped dill pickles
- shredded cheddar cheese or any you like
- pickle slices
Bake the tater tots:
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Put 6 tater tots in each muffin tin cup.
- Bake for 20 minutes, until tater tots are just softened.
- Use a shot glass to smash the tater tots in the muffin pan, creating a kind of cup shape out of mashed tots.
- Put the muffin tin back in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes, until the tater tot cups are crispy.
Cook the ground beef:
- Put a couple of tablespoons of olive oil into a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook until browned.
- Add the onion to the pan once the meat is browned. Stir.
- Add the Worcestershire sauce.
Make the dressing:
- Stir together in a bowl, the mayonnaise, sour cream, ketchup and chopped dill pickles.
- Salt to taste.
To assemble the bites:
- Fill the browned tater tot cups with ground beef mixture.
- Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese.
- Put back in the oven just until cheese melts.
- Pop each bite out of the muffin pan and put onto a serving plate. Top with a dollop of dressing and a few dill pickle slices.