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Vegan Cheesy Tater Tots

Crispy cheesy tater tots made with dairy-free cheddar cheese and minced chives are full of flavor. They're perfect as an appetizer or side dish.
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 160kcal
Author: Linda & Alex


  • food processor
  • box grater
  • Oven
  • stove


  • 5 large russet potatoes peeled
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 egg equivalent of Bob’s Redmill egg replacer prepare as directed on the container.
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ cup minced chives
  • ½ cup vegan cheddar shreds
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil if baking
  • 2 cups canola oil if frying


  • If Baking: Preheat oven to 425˚F (218˚C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Boil the potatoes for 8 minutes, drain and cool. Shred the potatoes with a food processor or a box grater.
  • With a clean towel (make sure it doesn’t smell like detergent or fabric softener) or paper towels, press out the excess water.
  • Put the shredded potato in a large bowl and mix in the 2 tablespoon of flour, egg replacer, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, ¼ cup minced chives, ½ cup vegan cheddar shreds, and salt and pepper to taste, and stir until completely combined.
  • Form the potato mixture into 1 ½ inch tots. You can make them as large or as small as you like. Adjust the cooking time for the size of the tots.
  • Baking Option
  • Gently toss the potatoes in the 2 tablespoon of vegetable oil, or spray them, and bake for approximately 8 minutes and flip and bake another 8 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy on the outside.
  • Frying Option
  • Put the 2 cups of vegetable oil in a heavy fry pan and heat the oil on high. When the oil is hot (test by adding a small piece of the potato to the oil, if it sizzles, it’s ready) carefully add, in batches, the tots to the pan and fry approximately 2 minutes per side, or until they’re golden brown and crispy.
  • Remove them from the oil and set on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
  • Serve hot.


Serving: 75g | Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 73IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
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