Adventures in Traegering: Bacon Wrapped Ranch Tots

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Yesterday one of those Buzzfeed Food videos was being passed around my Facebook newsfeed and, while needing slight improvement, I knew I had to try their little idea.

They made what they called ‘Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots’, or something like that.  It was pretty simple, wrap tots in bacon, cover in cheese.  The sprinkled chives or something on at the end.  This inspired me to try something very similar on my Traeger pellet grill.

I don’t know where you hail from, but in my area there is a chain of Mexican restaurants called Amigos.  It’s about the most bland Mexican food you’ll find, but for a short while they had what they called ‘Loaded Fries’.  French fries with ranch, bacon, cheese, tomatoes and green onions.  Man, oh, man was it good.  You felt like sin after you ate it, but it was delectable none the less.  This is what I would model my recipe after.

What you need
  • 1 pkg sliced bacon
  • 1 pkg Tater Tots
  • 10-12 cups Cheese
  • 1 Bottle Ranch dressing
  • green onions
  • diced tomatoes

The first step is to take a slice of bacon, cover it in cheese (I used 3 pepper cheese) and roll a tot in it.  Once the tot is completely covered in bacon, cut the bacon.  You should get 3 tots wrapped with one piece of bacon.  Then place them in a large aluminum Weber drip pan, or something similar.  Aluminum foil might even work for you.

(You may consider spraying the bottom of your pan, I had cheese and bacon sticking to the bottom of mine.  I figured the bacon grease would work it’s magic as it cooked, but… not so much.)

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One package of bacon filled my pan perfectly.

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Place pan into your pre-heated Traeger.  30 minutes at 375 should do you just fine.  It all depends on how you like your bacon though.

 

imageNow that you’ve got those cooking, it’s time to chop your green onions and tomatoes.  I used cherry tomatoes since my mother-in-law grows them and we have them coming out of our ears.

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Put your vegetables into the fridge until the tots are done.  Crisp cool vegetables will make a nice contrast to the hot gooey cheesy tots.

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Once the bacon is done to your liking, drain excess bacon grease, cover bacon tots with ranch and cheese, crank your Traeger up to high and put them back in for 5 to 10 minutes.  Just keep an eye to make sure nothing is burning.  Once the cheese is nice and melted, remove the pan from the grill.

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Let everything cool a little bit before adding your chilled, chopped vegetables.   Then, enjoy this wonderful celebration of flavors and calories.

This dish offered everything I love about food except spice.  I was hoping the 3 pepper cheese would have have some kick but it really didn’t.  I may add diced jalapenos in the future to give it the spice I enjoy.

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Happy grilling.

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