Monday, August 22, 2011

Chicken Ranch Broccoli Tots

Potato chips. Truly one of my two Achilles' heels. What? I've got two legs, that means two heels...don't question. So yes...potato chips are one..big time. Especially thin, crunchy, and covered with flavor chips-like the newest Frito Lay's Regionally Inspired chips!

These new flavors were specifically designed with specific regional flavor profiles!
1. Northeastern U.S. – Lay’s Honey Mustard

     2. Midwestern U.S. – Lay’s Creamy Garden Ranch

                             3. Northwestern U.S. – Lay’s Balsamic Sweet Onion

                             4. Southwestern U.S. – Lay’s Chipotle Ranch

                              5. Southeastern U.S. – Lay’s Cajun Herb & Spice
· All of the Lay's Regional Flavored potato chips are made with all natural ingredients and cooked in healthier oils, like corn and sunflower oils, which contain 80% or more of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat - the "good fats." They also contain 0 grams of trans fats per serving!
· There’s also less sodium in them than you might think – a 1-oz serving of our Lay’s Regional Flavored potato chips contains less salt than a plain bagel!

For the record..I've tried ALL of them, with the exception of the Honey Mustard-which I just haven't found in my local grocery, or I would have!

So you might be wondering where exactly I'm going with this? Well, I got invited to submit a recipe into the Taste from Home contest being sponsored by Lay's AND...I get to do a giveaway with it as well!  And in true Suzy fashion, I waited until the day BEFORE the cutoff to bang out my recipe. What can I say? I work well under pressure!

You migh have noticed, up there #2-Midwestern..Creamy Garden Ranch. Um yes. I (in true midwestern fashion) put ranch on EVERYTHING. Carrots, broccoli, pizza, baked potatoes, chicken, crackers...so I must agree they got my region RIGHT on!
Like I said--day before submission cutoff, and I realize that I need to get this done!
 I was drawing a blank.
 I was hungry.
And all I could think of was driving to the closest drive-thru that has tater tots (great comfort food) and going to town on the salty, crispy, goodness.
Then I decided, what is a contest without some challenge? And it clicked...I had things to MAKE Tater Tots..had I ever made them before,...um..no..but I could and would do it...today.
Little Man is a tot hound, and Little Miss wanted the leftover chicken and broccoli for lunch. So I combined them. And Little Miss named them.
Not only are they amazing, but they call to the forefront the Creamy Garden Ranch Lay's I so love. The potato, ranch, and cheese are creamy. They have an awesome crunch from the panko coating. And the hint of broccoli, so you'll kinda feel like you are being healthy..oh..and a bit of chicken for protein! It's a meal in tot form..oh yeah!

 And here is how I did it!

Chicken Ranch Broccoli Tots
Tot-
2 large white baking potatoes-cooked whole, cooled, peeled, and grated on a hand grater
1 egg-beaten
1/2 cup cooked chicken and broccoli-chopped finely
1/2 cup cheddar/monterey jack shredded cheese
3 Tablespoons AP flour
1 Tablespoon ranch powder
Coating-
1/2 stick of butter-melted
3/4 cup of panko breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon ranch powder
vegetable oil for frying-just enough for about 1/4-1/2 inch in a shallow pan.
 (I'll admit, I tried baking first-but nothing can get that awesome tot crunch like frying it...so fry..don't be afraid!)
(Lined up, ready to be fried)
In a mixing bowl add your 'tot' ingredients. Now my potatoes were already cold from being in the fridge-if you take these from cooked to shred, make sure to squeeze the excess moisture out of them. Gently mix all the 'tot' ingredients together and get to rollin'. You know what a tot looks like, right? Take a tablespoons at a time and roll into little barrels-
In a shallow plate mix together the panko, additional tsp of ranch powder, and melted butter, and mix it with your fingers.
The little tot barrel you just rolled? Now, roll it in the breadcrumbs. Coat it good. Make sure to get the little top and bottom.Then set aside on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Once they are all rolled up and set aside, get your oil going. Fry in small batches until just golden,and remove to a paper towel lined plate. Give them a minute or two to cool before you dig in!
You see that creamy ranch interior? And that golden crispy crust? Yum.
I didn't even salt these lovely little tots-the addition of the ranch powder gives you that nice saltiness already. I didn't dip them in anything either...I don't think ketchup would be fitting with the chicken and broccoli...but you know what would be? Some nice cold ranch dressing.

Want to get in on the giveaway action? Want your OWN variety pack from Frito Lay? Comment answering: Out of the new regional flavors which do you like best, or would you like to try the most?

Additional entries-
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Tweet the giveaway with #FritoFlavors

Good luck and enjoy the tots!!

Disclosure: I was invited personally for the contest/ This contest and giveaway are courtesy of Frito-Lay. All impressions and reviews are my own!

141 comments:

Kara said...

Even though I'm North East, I have to say the Cajun Herb & Spice sound gooooood! And so do your tots!

Heather @ Sweet Sins said...

I am bummed I didn't get a personal invite! Booo!! These tots look awesome! But where is the West coast flavor for us Cali folks? Some chipolte ranch avocado!Ok I guess this isn't a name your own flavor deal so I will stop now! LOL I love the flavor you picked and I wish I could have come over to have these tots for lunch today!

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I would like to try the Creamy Garden Ranch. those sound tasty
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I'd most like to try the Lay's Creamy Garden Ranch chips.
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laurasloves said...

They all sound so good but I would love to try the Southwestern.

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(that recipe looks good though)

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Lay’s Cajun Herb & Spice
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I would most like to try the Lay’s Balsamic Sweet Onion.

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monte said...

those tots look so yummy

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Lay’s Cajun Herb & Spice I pick as I like things sort of tangy to eat

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I would like to try the Honey Mustard.

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tattwo said...

Lay's had a great idea with this line. I would love to try the Honey Mustard, maybe I should move to the Northeast. Not today, stay safe Northeast.

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Deb said...

I would like to try the Lay’s Creamy Garden Ranch

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Bah, the midwest got Ranch flavored? Definitely not my pick despite living in Illinois my whole life. I most want to try the Southeastern U.S. – Lay’s Cajun Herb & Spice flavor.

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I'd like to try the Cajun Herb and Spice, even though I'm a Midwesterner.

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Honey Mustard!

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BethElderton said...

I'm from the deep south and should choose the Cajun flavor (which sounds delicious, too), but I think I would enjoy the Garden Tomato and Basil

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I would love to try Chipotle Ranch.

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Timothy Sternberg said...

I have to say the Cajun Herb & Spice sound good!