Review by Lyndee:
If you’ve ever watched Man versus Food or visited the capitol city, Des Moines, Iowa, you may have heard of the High Life Lounge. If you’ve been witness to the shag carpet, 70’s throwback beer décor and Tanger bomb shots, it’s very likely you’ve seen their bacon and jalapeno wrapped tater tots. This appetizer is just a tad on the side of ridiculously awesome. I mean, who doesn’t love tater tots? Then load them down with bacon, jalapenos, cheese and some ranch dressing? My inner fat girl is doing cartwheels at the thought of it. Because I don’t wanna be fat, I had to come up with a variation of these that would be easier than the deep fried version on my metabolism and my wallet.
Bacon, RAW, cut into pieces
First we tried these on the grill but they got a bit of a mush factor to them. For best results, make these fab nuggets of goodness in the oven.
Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Spray with non-stick cooking spray. Place a layer of tater tots on the foil. NOTE-do not spread these out like you normally would when baking tots or fries. You want a single layer of tots but they should be touching in a bunch. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Spread on the uncooked bacon pieces and jalapenos. I used the peppers for flavor but if you want some real bite to your tots, be more generous. Bake for 20 minutes at 425 degrees. Remove from oven and add shredded cheese. I used a Colby Jack combo but cheddar would work great too. Put under the broiler in the oven for a few minutes, until the bacon is crisp and the cheese is melting.
Remove and serve! Some people dip these in ranch or ketchup but they are seriously perfect on their own.