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Spicy Potato Tots

Updated on July 23, 2017
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Please rate my Tater Tots

5 stars from 5 ratings of Hard Frank Tots

Inspiration for recipes and articles are everywhere!

I don't have any trouble figuring out what topics to write about. Actually, I have so many ideas, and not enough time. One of the reasons I don't have enough time is that I read so many hubs, but I am proud of that! There are so many spectacular articles out there, and I learn from so many of my fellow writers.

One of my most recent reads was "H*O*T* --Scrabble Anagrams, HubPages Style", by Hawaiianodysseus. I have provided the link below, and encourage you to check it out. Once you do, you will completely understand the concept behind this recipe! His "light teasing" gave me the inspiration for this recipe, and since I have already tasted this experiment, I can say it is delicious! Thanks, Joe!

Meow!

Hawaianoddyseus always has pictures of his cat, so here is my cat Sasha a few years after creating this post
Hawaianoddyseus always has pictures of his cat, so here is my cat Sasha a few years after creating this post | Source

Kathryn's Hard Frank Tots

Originally the title was "Kathryn's Hard Frank Tots", for the sake of the inspiration article by Hawaianodysseus. His Scrabble game using my full name spelled out "Try Hard Frank Tots", and I came up with my own recipe for spicy 'tater tots.

This is the first time I have made these. This version is not fried, like many are, and I mash the potatoes instead of shredding them. It is different than many tater tots out there. These are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and completely full of flavor. I particularly like the curry in it. It gives it a nice zip!

We used to have Tater Tots a lot when I was a kid, although they were the kind you buy from the freezer section of a store. Making these brought back some memories.

To keep in line with the slightly silly original title, it has a small amount of beer in it to make it "hard", and Frank's Hot Sauce. Neither ingredients are absolutely necessary to make a great Potato Tot recipe, but for the sake of the article I include them.

Without further ado, here is my recipe. I hope you enjoy it! Feel free to rate it, and also to leave comments at the bottom.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: Serves two people the equivalent of 1 potato each

Note About the Cook Time:

Above estimate is based on using the quick microwave method to baking the potato. If you use the oven, it may add up to another 50 minutes to the time.

The array of ingredients, except for the milk and the hot sauce
The array of ingredients, except for the milk and the hot sauce | Source

Variations and Tips

I always like to add some variations, or I don't feel complete.

  • Keep in mind that the amounts for all spices are flexible. Take into account which spices you like, and use more or less.
  • If you would like, you may mash the potatoes first, and then add the other ingredients in, particularly if you want to make sure it's not too much milk.
  • One recipe I saw used about 1/2 cup to 3/4 cups of Greek yogurt instead of milk.
  • Instead of or in addition to Panko bread crumbs you may also use regular bread crumbs, or even crushed stuffing mix or croutons.
  • This makes enough for two. If you want more, just double or triple the recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2-2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • Frank's Red Hot Sauce, to taste (opt)
  • 1-1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs, for the potato tot's crunchy topping
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tablespoon beer, (optional)

Instructions

  1. Wash the potatoes, pierce holes in them, and bake them. I prefer the microwave, because it takes about 10 minutes. In the oven, it takes about 1 hour. Or you may cut them into chunks, add them to a pan with just enough water to cover them, and let boil until tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Add milk and some of the parmesan cheese into a medium bowl. If you're using beer, add some now.
  4. Mix together the garlic powder, Italian seasoning, curry powder, and hot sauce.
  5. Once the potatoes are cooked, peel (if desired), add to the bowl, and mash.
  6. To a small bowl, mix the breadcrumbs and any additional parmesan cheese and curry powder that you want to coat the potatoes with.
  7. Add the egg white to another small bowl.
  8. Spread parchment paper over a baking sheet, or grease the pan.
  9. Scoop out a small amount of the potato mix, shape into tot shape, roll into the egg whites, and then roll into the bread crumb mixture before placing on the baking sheet. Leave a little bit of space between them all, so they don't all turn into one big, massive tater tot.
  10. Slide into the oven, and cook for about 20-25 minutes. 10 minutes through that time, flip the tots over.
  11. They are done when they're brown and crispy on the outside, and hot on the inside.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Moonlake,

      Thanks, I'm glad you like it. I actually wish I had thought of making these tonight! I just cooked potatoes, but I was lazy- I just sautéed them this time.

      Have a great night, and thanks for taking the time to read, comment and share.

      ~ Kathryn

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      They look so good and I'm always trying to think of things to do with potatoes. Voted up, shared and pinned.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Susan,

      I was absolutely tickled with myself for thinking of this recipe! Haha. I haven't made them in a while, but now that I think of it... the weather should be cooling down soon, and that is when I start to use my oven more often. Not that it matters, I use my stove quite often, and that is quite hot!

      I think they are delicious! I had fun looking up basic ways of making this, and then completely reinventing it for my own use. Most of what I saw used deep frying as the way to cook it, but I can't tolerate a lot of oil, and try to stay away from fried foods. Except on rare occasions.

      Thanks for swinging by my hub, and I hope you have a fabulous week. It's almost Autumn!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Rajan.

      I'm glad you revisited this! Thanks for sharing and pinning, and I hope you have a wonderful day.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a creative recipe as well as a creative way getting to it. These tater tots sound delicious!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Glad to revisit this recipe again, Kathryn and sharing this as well and pinning it too.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thanks, Vicki, I'm glad you like! It was a tasty recipe to come up with, and the project itself was fun!

      Thanks for reading and commenting, and have a beautiful day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      These look great, and I love your explanations of all the terms. Very creative!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Sharyn,

      I would have probably made a recipe with hotdogs in it if I had had some at the time. Since I had the term "hard frank tots" to work with, I had to come up with something creative, and fortunately I had Frank' s hot sauce on hand.

      Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed this. It was fun to make it, as well as create and serve the recipe (my boyfriend thought so, too, since he was my guinea pig)!

      Have a wonderful weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Ha ha Kathryn, this hub was fun. I actually thought by the title that somehow it was "franks" as in "hot dogs." Great recipe hub and I enjoyed your "explaining." :)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Mary, thanks, I did use my imagination quite a lot to come up with this creative dish! My boyfriend, Andy, is a wicked potato lover (he's part Irish AND he's born in Maine), so he loved them.

      I made those Hawaiian Sweet rolls (although in the form of bread), and it was soo good! Not the best thing to make at the beginning of a diet in which I'm trying to cut down on carbs, but it was delicious! If I could send you a piece, I would. Mmmmm.

      Thank you for the votes, and for gracing my page. Have a restful night!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Sounds great Kathryn. Very imaginative and anything involving HawaiiO in any way shape or form becomes that much better! Oh, and Hawaiian sweet rolls, you may have to set some extra plates!

      Voted up and useful.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Cat, thank you for the compliments!

      I love hot sauce. Mmmmm. I could put it on almost anything, although I didn't ever use hot sauce only a few years ago. Sometimes taste changes are good!

      This was fun to write. I always have ideas for hubs, almost too many, but sometimes I don't write unless I am inspired. When I read Joe's article, I was struck with inspiration for making them, as silly as it seems. I created the recipe, it came out great, and I worked on this hub to completion. Fun times!

      I was actually wondering what to make tonight, and I think this is going to be my side dish. I'm also making Hawaiian Sweet Rolls. Now I just need to figure out the main part of the meal. If I get my butt over to Target, I'm going to buy some ground beef. Hahaha, supper isn't for another 6-7 hours, and I am already planning it in my head.

      Have a fantastic weekend, even though it is rainy and blehhhh... sometimes rain is pretty. It is foggy out right now, not bad to look at. It's just not very energizing. I was all ready to start walking along the beach today, but the weather got in my way!

      Okay, I'll stop rambling.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Wow Kathryn, I thought I was coming over just to get a yummy recipe... but you delivered more than that! This is so spunky, I love the way you wrote this up... who needs the curry? Yum, Franks Red Hot and Tater Tots... say no more!

      Voted Up and many others! ~Sharing too!

      Cat

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Careermommy, any potato lover is bound to enjoy this! Actually, I think I am going to make this tonight. I have some form of potatoes for nearly every supper.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, and have a great day!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Kathryn, what an original idea. Very catchy title too! These taters sound delicious, one that I'll have to try out on my "meat and potato" hubby!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Suzie, they are a lot like hash browns, except for the shape. And actually, you could shape them any way you want!

      I imagine you have a lot of people on your stream, so I am not bothered that you missed this! As many articles as I read, I am never able to read everyone's!

      Thanks for reading this, and I hope you enjoy Joe's article, if you haven't already read it. I think it is very creative.

      Yes, I noticed the "share" button was back last night. What a relief! That reminds me, I want to go back and share the article I was trying to share when I noticed the button was gone.

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting, Suzie!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi kathryn,

      Apologies, I missed this in my stream! Loved this recipe and will check out the inspiration now too from Joe. They sound very like hash browns to me but different if that makes sense!! Love these and will be trying them out, your own unique recipe, good on ya! Votes ++++++, shared (it's back!) and pinned to comfort food!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Vespa, It is a unique title, for sure! Beer was the one way I could think of to make it "hard", but also tasty. I didn't want to make tots that were "hard as rocks", because I figured it might not be too popular!

      These are delicious! And you're right, the Panko crumbs come out nice and crispy, so they are satisfying even without frying them.

      You're welcome, and I hope that if you get the chance to try them, you like them!

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment on my article.

      By the way, I made your English muffins again, but this time with a little fruit Greek yogurt, and a spoonful of fruit preserves, and they're delicious! I brought them on my trip to Connecticut, and they made a good snack, and were also good as a sandwich.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      The title of this recipe intrigued me--beer is a clever ingredient! I'd never thought of making my own tater tots, but I bet these are delicious. I imagine the panko crumbs would make them very crispy, too, without having to fry them. I hope I have a chance to try these soon. Thanks for another delicious and tasty recipe!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      phdast7, if your family likes spicy, I think they will really enjoy this! Andy and I really like it, and I plan on making it again (last time was my first time experimenting with a version of tater tots). Thanks, and I'm glad you like it. Have a great weekend!

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Sounds like a fun and spicy recipe and my family likes spicy! :) Great Hub and really good pictures.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      It is delicious, Karen! Thank you so much for the gold stars! If I could make some for you, I would. I have a feeling they wouldn't be too tasty by the time they got to you!

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, and if you get a chance to make this, I hope you and your family adore it.

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      Karen Robiscoe 4 years ago from California

      I love this recipe! from the pictures, to the content, it looks delicious. Stars for you...gold stars...now please come make!! ;) haha...I am lazy on my days off, but I'll have to try this as a side for my family!! Potatoes always need some shaking up...

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Rajan, thanks, I'm glad you like it! Joe really is an inspiration! This was a fun article to think up and write.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, as well as the votes. Have a great Tuesday!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting recipe, Kathryn and definitely going to give it a shot, minus the beer of course. They do look very delicious. Joe, indeed, is an inspiration.

      Voted up, beautiful and interesting.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Insightful Tiger, I actually just used a little beer in the recipe, and had the rest with supper :) Beer tastes great with it!

      I think it is very yummy, and I will be making it again! It was another experiment that came out great.

      You're welcome, and thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Have a fantastic Monday!

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      mmmmmm Dos Equis? now we're talking! This sounds like something I would love to try. The recipe is very creative and I like the "crispy on the outside and soft on the inside" part. It sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Agapsikap, I'm so glad you read the story behind it. Yes, I agree that when the backstory of a recipe is told, many times it makes it that much better! I think these are very delicious. Thank you very much for reading and commenting, and have a fantastic week!

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      agapsikap 4 years ago from Philippines

      Your spicy tater tots looks delicious. And you have a beautiful inspirational story behind your recipe. Sometimes the story behind every recipe makes it more scrumptiuos and yummy.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Natasha, I love them, too! I hope you get the chance to try them. There are also other versions out there that call for grated potato, and frying the tots. Those are probably closer to the ones I grew up with, but I wanted to go the slightly healthier route with this one. They're very tasty!

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my recipe. Have a fantastic weekend!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I love tater tots! These seem like a really cool idea and I need to make them sometime!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Colin, love the nicknames!

      At least your Leafs have put up a good fight! And they did win against the B's before. It's a good competition!

      I'm so glad you have received good news about your health! May it improve even more :)

      So that would mean your birthday is tomorrow! I'll have to remember that. I wish I could send you a cupcake through the computer! I'll just have to send you lots of well wishes, instead.

      We had one day last week that was in the 80's. Now the weather is warm enough so that I can often go outside without layers! And we get our air conditioner installed this Monday or Tuesday, which makes me happy. It gets hot up here on the 15th floor!

      I have never tried Haggis and Black Pudding. I had to look it up to see what it was (I have heard of it. I think it is mentioned in a song from childhood...). I have to say, I don't think it looks like my cup of tea. But I hope you enjoyed it!

      Have a fantastic weekend, Colin, and thanks for visiting my page. This has been a nice visit.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Well ya got me with two names: Kathyrn of Kool and Frank's hot sauce and Miss K, you're so Kool you're hot. Love the love you put into all of your hub presentations and yes your Bruins beat my Leafs and they deserved to win. Early summer is here, I received good news from the doctor regarding my health, and my birthday is on Sunday.

      Sending warm wishes to you from Colin and Tiffy and Gabriel at lake erie time 4:25pm brought home haggis and black pudding - have you ever tried that?

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Truthfornow, the frozen ones are convenient, but these are very tasty! I hope that if you get the chance to try it, you'll really like it!

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my recipe hub.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I always get the frozen ones and have thought of making my own. This seems like a great recipe and love the spicy kick.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Rebecca, thanks. that's a sweet thing to say! I have a hard time stopping when I'm reading so many wonderful hubs.

      These are very tasty. I like them much better than fast food ones, and they are healthier.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, and have a great night!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Janet, I'm glad you enjoyed my inspiration story! I got a big kick out of it, and I'm so glad Hawaiianodysseus liked it, as well. He's a great guy.

      You could easily leave out the curry powder and hot sauce, if you wanted to try them. Or you could make half of a batch with, and half of a batch without. That reminds me, though, I think I'll go in later on and add a non-spicy version for those who don't like spicy foods.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Janet, and have a great night!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Hi kathryn, I admire you for being such an avid Hub reader, and this tater tot recipe looks delicious. I'll bet they beat the heck out of all those fast food ones!

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      I enjoyed reading how you got your inspiration for this. The recipe sounds great. I think my husband would love it as he likes spicy food. Unfortunately, I can't digest spicy foods.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      DDE, if you like spicy foods, I think you will enjoy this! I love spicy foods, too.

      Thanks for reading and commenting on my recipe hub, and have a beautiful day!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Sounds a lovely meal and spicy too, I enjoy spicy foods your recipe is worth a try thanks

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      My Cook Book, you're welcome! Thanks for reading and commenting, and for liking my work. I appreciate it. Have a spectacular day!

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      Yummy! Good recipe, thanks for the share. Great work Kathryn!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Martie, they're very easy and delicious! They're healthier than the fried kind, although if one likes fried food, it could easily be fried instead of put in the oven.

      Thank you for your interest in this recipe, and if you try it out, I hope you like it!

      Have a wonderful day!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      These are delicious, and it was a spontaneous recipe (inspired by Hawaiianodysseus, of course). They're delicious! I hope you enjoy, if you get the chance to try them out.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, and have a wonderful night!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Joe, I couldn't pass it up! The title doesn't sound like it makes sense, but I customized this recipe to the title! I have never even made "Tater Tots" before. I didn't have any concrete plans for a hub to work on yesterday, and your game inspired me. So thank you! It was a fun time.

      I hope your allergies are not bothering you too often. That must not be very comfortable.

      Andy loved these! And I did, too. They have a perfect blend of curry and hot sauce for our tastes. But even without the spice, they'd be tasty.

      By the way, thanks for adding the link to this. I hope people get a kick out of it!

      Have a great week!

      ~Kathryn

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Oh, my word! Kathryn, you are an absolute genius! This is a unique and memorable version of life imitating art imitating life, or something crazy like that. LOL! I am just blown away! These hard frank tots look delicious, and I bet your boyfriend and you will enjoy these immensely while watching the Red Sox and Patriots this year! Boston needed some levity, and I'm thankful you're contributing to that excellent cause! (I'm still chuckling!) Aloha, my delightful friend!

      Joe

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Your spicy tater tots look delicious and easy to make. Bookmarked to be tried asap :)

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      This recipe sounds and looks delicious. A great addition to my recipe book.

      Hee's to many more;voted up.

      Eddy.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thanks, MJ! Well, you may not all of a sudden have the inspiration to whip up a meal, but at least you can look at the pretty pictures! Maybe someday there will be a device that allows what we are looking at on the screen to materialize in real life.... well, on second thought, that might not always be so good. Haha.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on this hub, and have an enjoyable Monday!

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Kathryn

      OK the title. Hard Frank was not a very nice man and I don't miss him at all. Now resident at her Majesty's pleasure so all is good.

      Now you know that I only find the kitchen by accident or when I've lost a spanner but if there was a plate or bowl of Kathryn's Hard Frank Tots there, then they'd be gone but I would wash the plate or bowl.

      Great job as usual and voted up.

      MJ

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Bill, thanks for reading this, even though it's the weekend!

      It was nice to read his article this morning. I commented on it, as well, but it looks like he hasn't been in Hubville since this morning.

      You have never heard of them because the title is completely catered to what Joe came up with as his anagram for my name! Haha. His comment on it inspired me to actually think up a recipe to use the title with. I thought it was funny. It also gave me an excuse to make Tater Tots! Andy likes them.

      Enjoy your evening, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Never heard of this but I'd be willing to give it a try. Loved the article by Joe this morning....and it was nice to see you mentioned.

      Keep them coming my friend and I'll keep reading them.

      Have a great week!

      bill