Crispy Sage Tater Tot Stuffing

Clinton Kelly
Servings: 6 - 8
1 to 2 hr

Clinton's Tater Tot stuffing is sure to be a Thanksgiving winner!

  • Ingredients
  • step-by-step directions
Crispy Sage Tater Tot Stuffing
  • 5 tablespoons butter (divided)
  • canola oil (for frying)
  • 1 bag frozen tater tots (2 pounds)
  • 1 small onion (peeled, small dice)
  • 2 ribs celery (small dice)
  • 1 tablespoon sage (chopped)
  • 3 teaspoons thyme leaves (chopped)
  • 1 cup Pullman loaf (toasted, 1/4-inch dice)
  • 1 large egg (beaten)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • ketchup (to serve)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
Turkey gravy (to serve)
  • 2 tablespoons pan drippings from turkey (from your Thanksgiving Day turkey)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups turkey stock or chicken stock
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Grease a 9x13-inch casserole dish with 1 tablespoon of butter.
  • Preheat oil in a Dutch oven or tabletop fryer to 375ºF. Fry the frozen tater tots until golden, warm and crispy according to package directions. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • In a large saute pan, add the remaining butter and heat over medium heat. Add the onions and celery and cook until tender and lightly browned, about 7 minutes. Add the sage and thyme and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Remove to a large bowl and allow to cool slightly. Add the tater tots and bread to the bowl and toss to combine.
  • In a small bowl add the egg and milk and whisk to combine. Pour over the tater tot mixture, gently toss to combine and pour into the prepared casserole dish.
  • Bake for 10 minutes covered then another 10-15 uncovered until crispy and golden. Serve with ketchup and turkey gravy.
  • For the Turkey Gravy: In a medium saute pan add the turkey drippings and heat over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk to combine until a paste forms. While whisking, slowly add the stock, bring to a simmer and cook until thickened. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Tip: If you don't want to fry the tater tots, bake them at 425ºF on a baking sheet in a single layer until extra crispy, about 30 minutes, and allow to cool.
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