I’m not too sure what the exact definition of a “tot” is, but in my view it’s a bite sized ball of potato/sweet potato/butternut squash deliciousness that’s slightly crisp on the outside and tender on the inside.
Most of the tots I’ve ever tried have either been deep-fried or pan-fried to help get that crispy outside shell. I wanted to try to avoid oil and frying for this recipe to keep the tots healthy and light without sacrificing any of the texture.
I am so happy with how these Butternut Squash Tots turned out. They are full of rich spicy flavour from the addition of paprika, cayenne and cumin with bits of grated carrot and onion to add texture to the butternut squash puree. The mixture is rolled into balls and baked in the oven for 25 minutes to get a nicely crisp shell. The tots hold together well when baked, just be sure to use a spatula when turning them during cooking so that they do not stick to the tray.
I was amazed at how well these tots lasted as leftover in the fridge and was still snacking on them 3 days later. To really maximize the enjoyment, bake any leftovers in the oven for a few minutes to crisp up before eating.
- 2 cups cubed butternut squash
- 1 tsp olive oil
- ½ cup grated carrot
- ¼ cup grated onion
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- ½ tbsp cumin
- ¼ cup almond flour
- ¼ tsp cayenne
- pinch of salt
- Preheat the oven to 175 degrees celsius (350 Fahrenheit) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Place the butternut squash cubes on the baking sheet, the should be approximately ½ an inch or smaller in size. Drizzle with the olive oil and bake in the oven for approximately 25 minutes until tender and lightly browned in colour
- Place the cooked butternut squash in a bowl and mash with a fork until a puree is formed and there are no large chunks, the smoother the better
- Add to the puree the grated carrot, onion, parsley, paprika, cumin, almond flour, cayenne and salt and stir until well combined.
- Roll the batter into bite sized balls and place them on the baking sheet which you may want to lightly grease it to prevent sticking.
- Bake the balls in the oven for approximately 25-30 minutes, checking and turning every 10 minutes or so to ensure that each side cooks evenly and doesn't burn.
- Serve the balls warm with your favourite dipping sauce