We loved this appetizer - very easy to make and just so darn cute! I do not own a mini muffin pan, so I just gently flattened and then shaped the tater tots into a uniform size and baked on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. I cooled them slighty before serving in order for them to hold their shape. Made for Spring 2012 My 3 Chefs.
Love this. Can't beat this classic flavor combo, and it makes a perfect finger food - too cute. I managed to underestimate the time it would take them to thaw, so my quick fix on the fly was to follow the baking instructions on the bag - turned the oven up to 425 and pulled them out at the halfway mark (10 min). Then flattened them with the back of a spoon in the mini muffin pan and returned to the oven for 10 min. I pulled them out, sprinkled with cheese, and returned to the oven for a couple of minutes for it to melt. Good to go! This was a big hit. Thanks for sharing!
These are absolutely delicious! To make the recipe easier, use Ore Ida Crispy Crowns. They are small round tater tots. You do not have to thaw them out, or press them into a mini muffin pan. Just put them on a sheet pan and follow the recipe. I bake them at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, add the cheese and return to the oven for 3-4 minutes.