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These Glorious Pizza Tots Are Literally Everything

Pizza or tots? Now you never have to choose!

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If you’ve ever wondered what perfection looks like, look no further than the PIZZA TOT.

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Pizza tots are essentially the pinnacle of all snack food. Here’s how to make them.

Start by making a basic Tater Tot mixture out of uncooked hash browns, Italian seasoning, salt, garlic powder, and an egg.

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Adam Bianchi / BuzzFeed

 

Flatten out some of the potato mixture, then add a piece of pepperoni and a piece of mozzarella. Shape the whole thing into a tot.

Adam Bianchi / BuzzFeed

Adam Bianchi / BuzzFeed

 

Once all of your tots are formed, freeze them on a sheet tray. After they’ve firmed up in the freezer, they’re ready to fry!

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Adam Bianchi / BuzzFeed

 

Serve the tots immediately.

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As IF you were going to wait.

Dip ‘em in marinara for that last pizza touch.

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PIzza Tots

Servings: 9–12 large tots

Recipe by Adam Bianchi for BuzzFeed Tasty

INGREDIENTS
1 small block low-moisture mozzarella
12 slices pepperoni
3½ cups hash browns
1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
1 Tbsp. salt
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 egg, beaten
Oil for frying
Marinara sauce for dipping

PREPARATION

1. Cut block of mozzarella into small cubes, about a ½ inch (1½ cm).
2. Cut pepperoni in half.
3. In a mixing bowl, combine hash browns, Italian seasoning, salt, garlic powder, and egg. Mix well.
4. Grab a small handful of the hash brown mixture and flatten out in the palm of your hand.
5. Place 1 or 2 slices of pepperoni and a cube of cheese on top.
6. Fold the hash brown mixture around the cheese and pepperoni. Squeeze and compress until the mixture completely covers the filling and stays in a cylindrical form. Repeat until all of the mixture is used.
7. Freeze tots for 20+ minutes.
8. In a large saucepan, heat oil to 350˚F (180˚C). Fry tots in batches, three at a time, until golden brown. Drain on paper towel.
9. Serve immediately with marinara sauce.

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Can’t get enough ‘za? Here are 7 more easy pizza snacks to try.

1. Pepperoni Pizza Quesadilla

Recipe here.

2. Pizza Cones

Watch the video here.

3. Pizza Grilled Cheese

Watch the video here.

5. Five-Minute Pita Pizzas

Recipe here.

6. Simple Baked Pizza Fries

Recipe here.

7. Pizza-Stuffed Crescent Rolls

Recipe here.

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