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Jerky Tots Recipe

Total Time:  40 minutes
Yield:  50 tots


  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled
  • 4 ounces hamburger jerky, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 cups canola oil, for frying


  • Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil then simmer for 6 minutes. Drain and let cool.
  • Shred potatoes on the large holes of a box grater. Use a dish towel or paper towels to drain as much water from the potatoes as possible.
  • Transfer shredded potatoes to a large bowl. Stir in jerky, cornstarch, and salt. Measure 1 tablespoon of the potato mixture and roll into a short cylinder about 1 ½ inches long and ¾ inch wide. Place on a greased baking sheet and repeat with the remaining potato mixture.
  • Heat oil to 350°F in a deep fryer or heavy pot fitted with a thermometer.
  • Fry tots, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Season immediately with salt. Serve hot with mustard.
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