Working Mom to Homemaker

Embracing The Change

Parmesan Truffle Tater Tots


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Ok, here’s the deal with this recipe. I found it on Pinterest and thought it sounded perfect because we like tater tots around here, and if there’s a way to spice them up, I’m all for it. The only issue I had with this original recipe was that I couldn’t find Truffle oil in my local grocery store. We do have other higher end stores around town that I didn’t check out, because I was crunched for time, so I did with out it. I thought good old EVOO would work just fine, until doing a little research and realizing Truffle oil has a special unique taste to it.

I hopped on Google to see if there was a substitute for Truffle oil. Everything I came across, I either didn’t have all the ingredients for, or stated that you just can’t “remake” truffle oil. But I did stumble upon one post that listed a close substitute and included ingredients I had. TRUFFLE OIL SUBSTITUTE. I have to admit, It turned out amazing!!! I still don’t know what actual Truffle Oil tastes like, but I may just use this “substitute” recipe from now on.

How I made the substitute:

 I did this before I baked the tater tots so the ingredients had time to infuse (I don’t know how necessary that is, or if it even made a difference, to be honest)

1. Recipe calls for 4tsp truffle oil, so I poured 3tsp olive oil in a small bowl

2. Pour 1 – 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce into the small bowl

3. Add several whole cloves to the mixture and whisk until blended well (I mixed it several times while waiting on the tater tots)

4. I strained out the whole cloves and gave the mixture another good whisk, then went on with the original directions


1. 4 cups tater tots, frozen
2. 4 tsp truffle oil
3. 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
4. 3 tsp dried parsley
5. Pinch of salt


1. Place tater tots on a large baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and bake according to package directions.

2. While still hot, combine the cooked tater tots with the truffle oil, Parmesan cheese and dried parsley in a large bowl.

3. Gently toss to evenly coat the tater tots. Add salt to taste and serve immediately.


September 15, 2013 - Posted by | Soups, Salads & Sides

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