Tot Cups, The Love Child of Hash Browns and Omelets

Tater Tot Cups

If you have never had tater tot cups, then you are missing out big time! These little babies are UH-MAZE-ING! They are simple and quick and great for picky eaters.

What is a Tot Cup???

Tater tot cups, tot cups as we call them in my house, are basically like an omelet and hash brown had a baby. I mean, who doesn’t like omelets and hash browns?! I have some of the pickiest eaters on the planet and I can get them to devour these in a flash.

Let’s Get Started!

Take a muffin pan, mini or regular size, doesn’t matter. My youngest like the mini because they can fit the whole thing in their mouths but my oldest like the regular size because there’s more there. So I usually make both. Spray your muffin cups liberally…and then spray them again. You don’t want these babies to stick! I had that issue the first time despite spraying the muffin cups what I thought was an outrageous amount. So just spray those suckers like crazy.

Now you’re going to need tater tots (of course), eggs, milk, and whatever kind of stuff you like in your omelets. We like various things but the most common are ham and cheese for the kids and the hubby, occasionally some onion or peppers, and everything for me…ham, cheese, onion, peppers, carrot, celery, and mushroom. I’m getting hungry just talking about this!

For our family I used 2 regular sized muffin tins and 1 mini which made 24 regular sized tot cups and 24 mini tot cups. And at the end of dinner we had a total of 4 regular sized and 6 mini sized left. THAT’S HOW FREAKING AWESOME THESE THINGS ARE!!!

Mix It Up

So for the 6 of us that have teeth and can eat these (Mr. Colton doesn’t have teeth yet but he’s working on getting them in.) I used 18 large eggs. I whisk those suckers up, add a good-sized splash of milk (I’d say about ½ cup- ¾ cup), and salt and pepper. You must season everything you cook; just in case nobody has ever told you that.

Get The Kids Involved

The kids can help with the next part. Get them involved starting young and they won’t become picky eaters. If they’re helping create what they eat, then they are more likely to try it and other new things. Plus, it’s just fun to have your kids in the kitchen making a mess and helping.

Toss 3 tater tots in each regular cup and 1 in each mini. Bake them for 10 minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Waiting…

Cue jeopardy music….do do do do do do do, do do do do, do, do do do do do, do do do do do do do, do do do do. I have no idea if that’s enough “do”s or not. Anyway…back to your regularly scheduled program.

And Continue

Take the muffin tins out of the oven. Be careful, they’re hot. (My mom always told me when something was hot even when it was obvious. And then I still touched it anyway.) Smash the tots in the regular cups down with the bottom of a glass. Now it took me forever to figure out how to smash the tots in the mini cups down. I tried a spoon, which works but takes forever. I searched for any kind of container that was small enough to fit in that mini slot and had no luck.

Then my 3-year-old walked in coughing and asked for medicine. DING DING DING!!! A medicine cup! A medicine cup fits perfectly in the mini cups, so smash those down too. Toss them back in the oven for another 5 minutes. This helps to make them super crispy and set up nice to be a short of crust. Reduce the oven to 350 degrees after the second baking of the tater tots.

Now let the kids back in to help. Have them toss any kind of topping they want into each cup. Just make sure not to overfill them. Then carefully pour your egg/milk mixture into each cup, it will settle all the way down to the smashed tots and surround all those yummy toppings. I like to put the shredded cheese on last and on the very top, but that’s just a personal preference, add it in with the toppings if you want to.

Almost Done

Now stick them back in the oven for 20 minutes or until you can see that the eggs are no longer jiggly and/or are set. Pull them out and let them cool for about 5 minutes, trust me even 5 minutes and they’ll still be like molten lava.

Pop them out. And hopefully yours pop right out without sticking, unlike mine the very first time. If they don’t just pop out you may need to slide a knife around the edges or give up like I did and just spoon them out which ended in about half the tots being left in the bottom of the muffin cups. (This is why I said SPRAY SPRAY SPRAY those muffin cups like crazy.)

Time to Eat!

And that’s it. Pretty simple, quick, fun, and absolutely delicious. They have a ton of protein from the eggs and if you can get your kids to add some veggies to them then they are even healthier.

I hope you try this…like tonight. You’re going to love them. And now that I’ve talked about them and how delicious they are…I’m heading to the kitchen to whip some up for lunch!

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