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Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots

Indulge in just one of these bacon wrapped tater tots and you’ll taste why they’re a hit with kids of all ages. They’ll go fast, so you may want double the recipe! —Joni Hilton, Rocklin, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    32 appetizers

Ingredients

  • 16 bacon strips, halved lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 32 frozen Tater Tots, thawed

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until partially cooked but not crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain; keep warm.
  • Combine syrup and pepper flakes. Dip each bacon piece in syrup mixture, then wrap around a Tater Tot. Secure with toothpicks.
  • Place on a greased rack in a foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake until bacon is crisp, 12-15 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 appetizer: 52 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 123mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • eiko64
    Feb 1, 2015

    We had lots of fun with these at New Years and again for the Super Bowl. Slightly thawed tater tots made the assembly faster and I used the microwave for the bacon as suggested in another comment. We did have to double the recipe for a crowd as these were well liked.

  • laxgoaliedad
    Jul 30, 2013

    I modified the recipe the first time I made this and it was a hit. First, instead of pan frying the bacon, I cut cut the bacon strip in half and cooked them in the microwave for half the time usually required to cook bacon thoroughly. Second, I had no problem putting a round, not flat, toothpick into a frozen tater tot.....the goal is NOT to push the toothpick through the tater tot, one only needs to sightly pierce it to hold the bacon in place. Last...I baked them for 20 minutes instead of the recommended 12-15 minutes.

  • 6chiotti
    Jun 10, 2013

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  • pncboyer
    Jan 23, 2013

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  • gwyneth86
    Jan 4, 2013

    Really?!?!?!? My review showed up 4 times?!?!? Tried to delete, but can't. Sorry folks!!

  • gwyneth86
    Jan 4, 2013

    Wish I had read the previous review before making these. While the flavor was good, the process was flawed. As the previous reviewer said, you cannot put a toothpick in a frozen tater tot. And frozen tater tots don't bake at 400 for 12-15 min. I had to bake for about 10 extra minutes and by then the bacon was burned, and the tots were soggy and just warm. I too had issue with the bacon falling apart so I just laid it on top of the tots to bake. I also lined my baking sheet with non-stick foil and that was the best thing I did...made clean up a breeze with the sticky mess. One more thing, I had way too much maple syrup/pepper flakes left over, could have done with only 1/4 cup of syrup. Not sure I would make this again. Too much trouble.

  • gwyneth86
    Jan 4, 2013

    Wish I had read the previous review before making these. While the flavor was good, the process was flawed. As the previous reviewer said, you cannot put a toothpick in a frozen tater tot. And frozen tater tots don't bake at 400 for 12-15 min. I had to bake for about 10 extra minutes and by then the bacon was burned, and the tots were soggy and just warm. I too had issue with the bacon falling apart so I just laid it on top of the tots to bake. I also lined my baking sheet with non-stick foil and that was the best thing I did...made clean up a breeze with the sticky mess. One more thing, I had way too much maple syrup/pepper flakes left over, could have done with only 1/4 cup of syrup. Not sure I would make this again. Too much trouble.

  • gwyneth86
    Jan 4, 2013

    Wish I had read the previous review before making these. While the flavor was good, the process was flawed. As the previous reviewer said, you cannot put a toothpick in a frozen tater tot. And frozen tater tots don't bake at 400 for 12-15 min. I had to bake for about 10 extra minutes and by then the bacon was burned, and the tots were soggy and just warm. I too had issue with the bacon falling apart so I just layed it on top of the tots to bake. I also lined my baking sheet with non-stick foil and that was the best thing I did...made clean up a breeze with the sticky mess. One more thing, I had way too much maple syrup/pepper flakes left over, could have done with only 1/4 cup of syrup. Not sure I would make this again. Too much trouble.

  • gwyneth86
    Jan 4, 2013

    Wish I had read the previous review before making these. While the flavor was good, the process was flawed. As the previous reviewer said, you cannot put a toothpick in a frozen tater tot. And frozen tater tots don't cook at 400 for 12-15 min. I had to bake for about 10 extra minutes and by then the bacon was burned, and the tots were soggy and just warm. I too had issue with the bacon falling apart so I just layed it on top of the tots to bake. I also lined my baking sheet with non-stick foil and that was the best thing I did...made clean up a breeze with the sticky mess. One more thing, I had way too much maple syrup/pepper flakes left over, could have done with only 1/4 cup of syrup. Not sure I would make this again. Too much trouble.

  • BobbysChicagoBAbe
    Nov 7, 2012

    First, the tater tots can't be frozen, because you can't put the toothpick thru the tater tot frozen. Second, the bacon, even cooked ahead of time by half, really shrinks and it all falls apart. Lastly, the syrup gets really stringy after you pull them out. Good thing I tested this recipe before the holidays!