Fry-Day Fun! Recipes You'll Love That Go Beyond Boring Potatoes - House of Frolic and Mirth Blog at - 313874

House of Frolic and Mirth

FRY-day FUN! Recipes you'll love that go beyond boring potatoes 
Oct. 28, 2013 10:38 am 
Updated: Oct. 30, 2013 9:50 am

I'm sharing with you today from my recent blog post:<


Moms notoriously face the challenge of the answer to the question, "WHAT'S FOR DINNER, MOM?"  While not every day can be Fry-Day in my house, we do indulge occasionally.  Ore-Ida products make it easy to bring fun to dinner!

Here are a few ideas to spice up boring potatoes for your next meal or party--hope you enjoy them.



Tiny Tot Skewers--so easy and simple, your own tiny tots will love them.  For these, simply thread a mini hamburger patty (use your favorite recipe), Ore-Ida tater tots on each side, and top with a mini kosher dill pickle.  Serve warm with ketchup and mustard, and your favorite vegetable. 
*Important tip--use wooden coffee stirrers for kids under 10 instead of regular skewers or toothpicks.  They are much safer and don't have sharp pointed ends.

Another fun way to spice up the potatoes you serve is to give your family something unexpected--like my Southwestern Hash Brown Waffles.  Put that waffle maker to good use throughout the day, and not just at breakfast!  Here's how to do it:


Ingredients (per waffle, 3-4 servings each):


1 1/2 cups Ore-Ida frozen hash browns

1 large egg

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp garlic powder

3 chopped green onions, white & green parts

Salt & pepper, to taste


Sour cream & more chopped green onions for serving




1.  Preheat your waffle iron to medium high heat.

2.  Carefully combine the first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Spray your waffle iron with olive oil spray (I use pure olive oil in my Misto sprayer).

3.  Distribute the entire hash brown mixture onto the waffle iron evenly.  Close the lid, and press down a little to help even everything out.

4.  Cook for 8-10 minutes, or until the waffle is golden brown and can be removed easily from the waffle maker.

5.  Cut into 3 or four pieces, top with sour cream and more green onions.


You can vary the spices to your liking.  These are great served with salsa chicken! 



Lastly, you HAVE to try these!  Who says kids get to have all the fun?  These maple-glazed bacon tater tots give a grown-up spin on your kid's favorite side, and I guarantee they'll be a hit at your next party! 

Rosemary, Maple, & Bacon Party Tater Tots

This recipe makes 24, but I suggest doubling because they are delicious!


24 Ore-Ida frozen tater tots, cooked until golden per package directions

12 slices of bacon, cooked until crisp but slightly flexible (use ready to eat for quick preparation)

1/4 cup pure maple syrup (no substitutions)

1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary




1.  Bring syrup and rosemary to a boil in a small saucepan until warm and bubbling, about 5 minutes.  Set aside to cool slightly.

2.  Cut bacon slices in half.  Using a silicone kitchen brush, paint a little maple syrup glaze on one half, roll around a tater tot and secure with a toothpick.  Set on a plate.  Continue until all 24 tots are wrapped with bacon.

3.  Dot more syrup glaze on the outside of each bacon-wrapped tater tot, set on your serving platter.   Watch your friends go wild!





I've had fun coming up with neat and interesting ways to use Ore-Ida hash browns and tater tots, and I hope this inspires you to think outside the box when it comes to your normal everyday sides or appetizers. 

I'd love to hear what you think, or if you have additional ideas for your own fun FRY-days! 
Tiny Tot Skewers
Photo Detail
AMAZING! Rosemary, Maple, & Bacon Party Tater Tots
Photo Detail
Oct. 28, 2013 10:45 am
Hi Jennifer! Your recipes are so creative! I love the tatertots with bacon! Beautiful photos!
Oct. 28, 2013 11:17 am
Thanks so much Lela! I had fun coming up with these, and they are yummy!
Oct. 28, 2013 11:46 am
Hi, your photos are lovely, and you are very creative.
Oct. 28, 2013 12:29 pm
Awesome! Just think how many are missing out on delicious recipes. Love those Tiny Tot Skewers.
Oct. 28, 2013 12:36 pm
So creative! I love it!
Oct. 28, 2013 12:49 pm
The southwestern Hash browns sound right up my alley. I hope I still have a waffle maker somewhere around here. :-P
Deb C 
Oct. 28, 2013 3:12 pm
I tried the waffle iron and now I'm going to give Rosemary, Maple, & Bacon Party Tater Tots a whirl. Your fabulous pictures are always enticing! Thanks for sharing!
Oct. 28, 2013 9:42 pm
Great blog, jrbaker! Wish I could shoot as well as you do.
Oct. 29, 2013 1:27 am
Thanks so much, these were fun and my kiddos loved them.
Oct. 30, 2013 9:50 am
The tater tot skewers look really good. Anything with bacon and maple has GOT to be good! Nice recipe. I'll try it!
Click to Change your Profile Picture

Member Since
May 2001

Cooking Level

Cooking Interests
Baking, Stir Frying, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet

Gardening, Photography, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work

Go Pro!

In Season

Leftover Central
Leftover Central

The hard work's over, now celebrate the leftovers.

Best Party Recipes
Best Party Recipes

Essential eats, sips, and tips for your next gathering.

Special Holiday Offer!
Special Holiday Offer!

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $5!

About Me
I LOVE ALLRECIPES! Cooking is one of my passions, and the way I express appreciation and love for my family & friends. They all know me as "the cook" in our circle--if anyone needs a recipe, I'm the one they ask. I've traveled all over the country and love sampling regional foods. I tend to stay away from chain restaurants in favor of local ones, and enjoy the delicious variety each part of the country offers. Food photography is another favorite hobby of mine. I have 2 beautiful girls who like being in the kitchen with their Mama. Please find more of me and what I'm about on my blog:
My favorite things to cook
My absolute favorite recipes are clones from restaurants--it's so much fun to have people ask "did you really make this?" I also enjoy pastas, vegetable dishes, and creating lower fat, healthier recipes from those that aren't so healthy. Packing my two girls' lunchboxes every day is also a fun challenge--we like healthy and fun meals that focus on nutrition.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every year for my daughters' birthdays, they get their favorite cake or cupcakes (it changes every year). We almost always have their parties at home. At Christmas, I love baking biscotti for gifts and myself; ).
My cooking triumphs
Each Christmas I host dinner for my family, and it's the one time during the year that I get to cook everything for them! I plan the menu for weeks-having a successful meal is the highlight of my year. Also, almost every New Year's Eve, I host a dinner for friends, and they get so excited about being invited--it's great to know that I can cook something they enjoy so much. Lastly, I have coworkers and a boss who LOVE to sample my latest creations! (They'll eat anything......)
My cooking tragedies
I can't make a good gravy. And I'm Southern! Also, I once froze bagged salad that was buy one get one free. I was only 20, and not very savvy about lettuce storage! I learned very quickly that you can't freeze lettuce.......
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States