Amelia’s Amped-Up Cafeteria Tater Tots

Posted September 21, 2017 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Book of the Month Recipes / 2 Comments


In Amelia’s Notebook, Amelia complains about the terrible cafeteria food at her school, citing the fact that the brownies seem “fossilized” and the mystery mush looks like it’s made of dog food. I think we all have memories of gross cafeteria food (I can recall some particularly slimy sliced turkey), so I thought it would be fun to redeem a tired cafeteria standby: tater tots.

Amelia’s school tater tots are called “tater gems,” but she thinks they taste more like cardboard. To make some delicious, Amelia-worthy tots, I started with a simple recipe for tender, healthy baked tater tots from Wishful Chef and amped it up a bit with garlic powder, minced onion, and snipped parsley. I even made some honey sriracha ketchup to serve on the side! These tater tots are super easy and ultra flavorful. If Amelia’s school served them, they’d be a hit! 🙂


Amelia’s Amped-Up Cafeteria Tater Tots

 “I brought my notebook with me to school so I can write down things to remember to tell Nadia. Right now it’s lunch time. Today’s hot lunch is beef stew, tater gems, canned peach slices, and a brownie. Yucch!”

— Amelia’s Notebook



  • For the Tater Tots
    • 2 russet potatoes
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp minced onion
    • 1 tsp snipped fresh parsley
    • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • For the Ketchup
    • 1/4 cup ketchup
    • 1/2 tbsp sriracha
    • 1/2 tbsp honey
    • 1 squirt of lime juice


        Makes 28 tater tots



    1. Preheat your oven to 425°. Peel your potatoes and cut them in half. Place the potatoes in a pot of cold water and bring to a boil. Boil for 15 minutes. Drain the water, cover the pot, and let stand for 10 minutes.
    2. Mash the potatoes with the bottom of a glass. Stir in the seasonings until evenly incorporated.
    3. To shape the tots, press 1 tbsp of potato mix into a measuring spoon. Tap the mix out of the spoon into your palm and gently shape into 1 1/2-inch long cylinders.
    4. Line a baking sheet with a silicon mat and place the tater tots onto the sheet approximately 1 inch apart.
    5. Bake for 20 minutes on both sides.
    6. While the tots bake, stir all your ketchup ingredients together in a small bowl until combined.
    7. Serve to a cafeteria full of starving students!


Try our other potato recipes! 🙂



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