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Friday, March 06, 2015

TOTchoes

Tater tots are serious business. We all love them but there are only so many ways you can eat them so Cheffy and I have come up with TOT-Nacho recipe. In the time it takes to bake the tater tots we'll have you on your way to making the very best totchoes known to man....well, at least I think so.
We hope you enjoy.


So let's get the tots in the oven....Pre-heat oven to 425F

Finished product

Ingredients:

Tater tots
1/2 Red Onion diced
1 Red pepper diced
2 cloves of garlic sliced
1/4 pound Ground beef
1 can Black Beans drained
3 oz Cheese shredded
1/2 Avocado diced
2 tbls parsley chopped
1 tomato diced
2 tbls sunflower seeds
Salt to taste
aioli (see recipe below)



How To:

Place desired amount of tater tots in the oven for approx. 25 minutes or until crispy at 425 F.
Meanwhile preheat pan at medium heat 
Sweat onion, garlic and red pepper until translucent
Add hamburger till done then....
Add beans
Finish with parsley, salt and blk pepper to taste
While bean mixture is cooking shred cheese and chop avocado and tomato for the garnish.


Sweating onion and garlic

Bean mixture

Cheese, parsley and avocado

Remove tater tots from oven,
Layer tater tots with cheese, bean mix, avocado, tomato, and sunflower seeds and throw back in oven to melt the cheese. 
Garnish with aioli.

Making Aioli:

Ingredients: 
4 cloves of garlic bruniose or fine diced (see photo)
1 egg yolk separated
1 tsp mustard (dijon or stone ground NOT yellow)
3/4 cup sunflower oil
3/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp cold water
1 tbls smoke paprika
1/4 tsp chipotle
1/4 tsp cayenne
2 tsp white wine vinegar
2 tsp lime juice
Salt

How to: SEE VIDEO (so much easier)
Aioli is a water in oil emulsion....what that means is that water needs to be combined in oil to make a creamy texture. 
Combine egg yolk with water, mustard and garlic. Whisk whisk......whisk
While whisking begin slowly adding the oil (olive and sunflower)
Continue to whisk, After you have added about 1/2 cup of oil add all the spices, salt, vinegar and lime juice. Whisk whisk....whisk
Continue adding the oil slowly until it is gone.
DO NOT break it....see video! really, you should watch it. 
but if you do.....start in a new bowl with 1 egg yolk, 1 tsp mustard and 1 tsp of water. Whisk thoroughly and add the broken aioli very slowly while whisking. 



Basically I want to spread this aioli on everything. It's creamy goodness with a kick of fire erupts my senses. You can actually use all kinds of different ingredients to create the perfect aioli for any dish. We have made roasted red pepper aioli for sliders but this spicy version would also be a perfect topping for hamburgers or fish and chips.

The best tot-choes
So there you have it...In the time it takes to bake tater tots you can create a tot-meal. 

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