Whether you call them potato gems or tater tots, I think we can all agree they are one of the best snacks around. This is a slightly healthier version of the store bought ones. I use oil to shallow fry them but if you have an air frier this might be a good recipe to try out, or you can just lightly brush with oil and cook in the oven.
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Cooking Time: approx. 20-40 mins (depends how many you cook at a time)
Serves: 2 or 3
Makes: approx. 30 gems
- 3 medium organic potatoes (approx. 340g total)
- 1/3 cup quinoa flakes
- 1 tablespoon plant based milk (see notes)
- salt, pepper, spices or dried herbs (whatever you like)
- oil for cooking
- Wash potatoes and cut into cubes (leave the skins on they are good for you)
- Transfer the potatoes to a pot with water just covering them and boil until they’re soft enough to easily poke a knife into. A little on the firmer side is a much nicer texture as long as you can mash them
- Remove potatoes from stove and drain water
- Add quinoa flakes, plant based milk, and whichever herbs or spices you have chosen, mash the mixture with a potato masher until well combined
- Grab a handful of the mixture and gently roll into a log that is around 2cm in diameter. Cut the log into smaller pieces around 2.5 – 3 cm long. You don’t want to compact the mixture too much, just lightly roll. Repeat until all the mixture is used
- In a pan heat a little oil, you don’t need much you’re not deep frying just shallow pan frying. Cook the gems in small batches until golden on all sides. Alternatively, you could brush these with a little oil and cook in the oven until golden on all sides.
- Transfer cooked gems to some paper towel to absorb any excess oil, then enjoy.
Serving Suggestion: With Plant-Based sour cream (Dibble Foods is my favourite) and Nigella Seeds.
I actually use coconut water (yes water, not milk) instead of plant based milk, I always have coconut water in the house and find it works just as good in these types of recipes so just use whatever you have on hand.
Spices and Herbs:
These gems honestly taste pretty good on their own, but they are quite nice with some flavour. Dried Rosemary and Thyme work really well, and Garlic and Pepper are also really good. I usually just use whatever herbs or spices I have on hand.
I much prefer these to flour, I find they just give the gems a nice texture and the flavour is pretty subtle, so if you don’t like the taste of quinoa just add some herbs you won’t even taste it.