Pulled Pork Totchos

  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, scrubbed left unpeeled

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • Vegetable oil, for frying

  • 1 batch of tater tots

  • 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese

  • 2 cups cooked pulled pork

  • ½ cup white onion, diced

  • ½ cup pickled jalapeno

  • ½ cup barbeque sauce

  • 1 bunch of green onions, sliced

  • Ranch for drizzle

  • Avocado for garnish

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    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
    2. Scrub potatoes and cut into large cubes. Put in a medium sized pot; fill with cold water and 1 Tbsp salt. Bring to a boil.
    3. Parboil potatoes until they are tender, drain and let them cool slightly. Grate them in a food processor and squeeze out excess liquid.
    4. Place potatoes in a large bowl and lightly mix in cornstarch, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powde
    5. Add vegetable oil to a ½ in. thick heavy bottomed skillet and set over medium heat.
    6. When oil is hot, form thumb-sized balls of the potato mixture and fry until a golden brown color is reached, about 15 sec. each side.
    7. Drain excess oil off on paper towels,and let tots cool. Place a layer on the baking sheet, transfer to the oven and bake until crispy. Able 15-20 minutes turning over once.
    8. Place tater tots ona bake proof dish deep enough to place pulled pork, bar-b-q sauce  and shredded pepper jack cheese all over and place in the oven for 5 mins until cheese has melted. Begin to layer the remainder of ingredients; white onion, pickled jalapenos, green onion, ranch and avocados.

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