As Tater Tots® Hit the Big 60, The Idaho Potato Commission Celebrates Six Decades of Tot-Inspired Menu Creativity

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Eagle ID (August 2014) — When Tater Tots® began arriving in grocery stores in 1954, they quickly caught on as a snack food, a side dish and the foundation for casseroles at dinner tables across America. Across the next sixty years, foodservice operators capitalized on tot popularity, enthusiastically integrated them into menus ranging from quick service to white tablecloth. As these bite-sized potato croquettes officially move into middle age, the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) salutes the tot as both an inspired potato product and a springboard for potato creativity.

potato tots_croppedThe IPC boasts a collection of innovative tot recipes and variations on the theme. For signature housemade tots, operators will add aromatics (truffles), herbs (parsley, rosemary, sage), and proteins (crumbled bacon, shredded crab) to the mix before frying. Other operators raise the bar by stuffing the tots with elaborate fillings like Parmesan or blue cheese, braised pork and curried chicken. Still others use the classic Tater Tots® as a base for loaded tots, poutine, nachos, chili, and breakfast scrambles.

In honor of the Tater Tot® 60th birthday, the Idaho Potato Commission urges operators to fire up a potato tot special (it’s bound to be popular!). To research tot recipes or for help with All Things Potatoes, visit foodservice.idahopotato.com. While on the site, check out the IPC’s comprehensive recipe database, refer to a helpful size guide and Idaho® potato preparation tips, and find answers and solutions to operational and culinary FAQs. For more information, visit foodservice.idahopotato.com.

Tater Tots are a registered trademark of Ore-Ida (a division of the H.J. Heinz Company).

About the Idaho Potato Commission

Established in 1937, the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) is a state agency that is responsible for promoting and protecting the famous “Grown in Idaho®” seal, a federally registered certification mark that assures consumers they are purchasing genuine, top-quality Idaho® potatoes. Idaho's growing season of warm days and cool nights, ample mountain-fed irrigation and rich volcanic soil, give Idaho Potatoes their unique texture, taste and dependable performance, that differentiates Idaho® potatoes from potatoes grown in other states.

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