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zucchini tater tots

Desciption

these tots are a healthy twist on classic tater tots. classic tots are deep fried and made with potatoes, but these guys are baked and feature zucchini. zucchini packs a nutritional punch! it's high in fiber and several vitamins and minerals including vitamin c, vitamin k, b vitamins, potassium and manganese. one medium zucchini supplies more than half of your daily vitamin c needs! to make the tots, i mix shredded zucchini with some minced shallot and dried spices and bind it all together with an egg, breadcrumbs and yummy cheese. i like to use italian spices and a mixture of mozzarella and parmesan cheese and serve the tots with marinara sauce for dipping. but what i love about this recipe is that it's a blank slate and you can use whatever types of seasoning and cheese you like. they would also be delicious with cheddar or monterey jack cheese, dipped in a healthy ranch style sauce. just be sure to wring out as much water from the zucchini as you can. zucchini has a high water content so this step is important to prevent the tots from getting soggy. after forming the mixture into tater tot shapes, simply spray them with olive oil and pop them in the oven. after about 20 minutes, they'll be puffed up and ready to be devoured!

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Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 400f
  2. Place the grated zucchini in cheesecloth or a kitchen towel and wring all of the excess water out
  3. Place the zucchini in a bowl along with all of the other ingredients except the olive oil
  4. Mix until combined
  5. If the mixture seems too wet
  6. Add a little more breadcrumbs
  7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  8. Take a tablespoon of the mixture and form it into an oval shape
  9. Repeat with the remaining mixture
  10. Arrange the tots on a single layer on the baking sheet and spray or brush the tops lightly with olive oil
  11. Bake until puffed up and cooked through
  12. About 20 minutes
  13. Flip halfway through cooking
  14. Serve with marinara sauce or other dipping sauce

Step 12

Total Time in Minute 50

Ingredients Count 11

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Ingredients

Zucchini

Shallots

Mozzarella cheese

Parmesan cheese

Whole wheat panko

Egg

Dried italian seasoning

Garlic powder

Kosher salt

Olive oil

Marinara sauce

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