Tater Tot Breakfast Fry-Up

Tater Tot Breakfast Fry-Up


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Tater tots can be a great alternative to hash browns in a breakfast scramble! Combined with sausage, cheese sauce, and a fried egg, this indulgent breakfast is perfect for a Sunday morning stay-at-home brunch, or a little pick-me-up on weekdays where you need a little boost to get going!

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Chicago, IL

Time needed

5 min preparation + 30 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

2 servings


  • 1 cup tater tots
  • 4 sausage links or 2 sausage patties
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • Ketchup or hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Preheat your oven per the instructions on your package of tater tots. Bake according to those instructions and set aside.
While the tots are baking, get started on the cheese sauce! Start by making a roux—melt one tablespoon of butter in a skillet before adding the tablespoon of flour, stirring continuously until completely combined.
Slowly pour in the milk over medium heat, still stirring to make sure the roux and the milk combine. Keep stirring over medium heat until the sauce thickens.
Add the cheese a little at a time, letting it melt and incorporate with the sauce while you stir. Once all the cheese has melted, turn the heat on low and season with salt and pepper.
In a skillet, heat one tablespoon of butter over a medium low heat.
Once the pan has heated up, add the sausage links or patties, leaving space between them to allow for even cooking.
When the sausage has browned on one side, turn them over using a spatula or tongs. Cook on medium-low heat until completely cooked through, then drain on paper towel.
In that same skillet, you’re going to cook your egg. Crack the egg into a small bowl before carefully pouring it onto the skillet, trying to keep the yolk and the white all in the center of the skillet. Take either the lid for a pot or a plate and cover the egg—this will trap the steam and make sure that the top of the fried egg cooks all the way through while remaining white and leaving the yolk a little runny.
After cooking for 3-5 minutes, carefully remove the cover. You can tell if the egg is done by taking a butter knife and gently scraping it across the top of the egg—if it is firm, then the egg is completely cooked. If it is still wet on top, cover and cook for another minute. Season with salt and pepper.
Once all the elements are cooked, assemble your plate! Start with a bed of tater tots, then place the sausage before pouring your cheese sauce over it. Top off with your fried egg and a drizzle of ketchup or hot sauce, and enjoy it while it’s hot!

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