The original recipe can be found here, and the explanation. If you're like me, you associate 'tots' with the movie Napoleon Dynamite, hence the name of the recipe. The leftover 'tots' form a nest/crust for the egg, and add so much flavor. And grease. Mmm, grease.
I adapted the recipe to what I had in my refrigerator, but you could honestly add anything you wanted- hot peppers, pepper jack cheese, bacon, green onions, the list goes on.
- 6-10 tater tots, cooked and crumbled
- 1 tsp butter
- 1 Tbsp bell pepper, finely diced
- 1 Tbsp onion, diced
- 1 small clove garlic, diced
- 1/8 cup cheese, shredded (mont jack, cheddar, mozza, etc.)
- 1 egg
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350. Preheat a small skillet over medium high heat.
- Melt butter in the skillet and add the onion and pepper, cook 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until starting to soften.
- Add the garlic and cook another minute, stirring occasionally.
- Spray a small ramekin dish with non-stick spray
- Stir the tots into the onion, pepper and garlic mixture, and pack into the ramekin
- Top with cheese.
- Crack an egg into the ramekin. Season with salt and pepper.
- Bake in the oven on the middle rack for 5 minutes.
- Broil on high for 5-6 minutes or until the eggs are set.
I throw a slice of porkroll into the same skillet while the egg is in the oven and enjoy with a cup of coffee. I can't believe I am admitting this, but this was the first time I've ever used a broiler. I've always been slightly afraid of it, afraid to burn the food, etc. But it was delicious and a necessary step. The first time I made this I just kept adding time to the timer while it baked, which worked, but the yolk hardened. I don't know about you, but I love runny egg yolk! The boiler set the egg whites and cooked the egg to perfection.
I highly recommend this recipe!