Before I embark on more Christmas cookie recipes, I want to take a break from the sweet. This Cheesy Thai Yellow Curry Tater Tot Bake is perfect for those of you craving some savory, spicy, cheesy goodness.
I know for anniversaries, people tend to celebrate with elaborate cakes. And maybe if I had actually planned a post around an anniversary, that’s what you’d be getting now. It’s only now that the first major holiday has passed that I’ve remembered: this is my fourth anniversary of getting sick and being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.
It’s not exactly something to celebrate. About two weeks before Thanksgiving in 2013, I started to feel really ill. It took a while to figure out what was going on but since that time, I’ve always marked my ulcerative colitis years by the holidays. I’m always sick during them. All these Christmas cookie recipes I’ve been posting (Ritz Cracker Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies, Ritz Cracker Peppermint Cookies)? Yeah, I took those pictures in-between rushing to the bathroom every 15 to 20 minutes, groaning and crying through pain last year. Which is why they are being posted this year. I was just too sick to work.
But this holiday season, I don’t have ulcerative colitis: I’m sans ulcerative colitis, sans colon, and sans illness. And that IS something to celebrate. And I have been, trust me. I’ve been experiencing the holiday food and drinks that I haven’t been able to enjoy in years and also trying to simultaneously not over do it. But it’s hard.
And it’s the sweets that are hardest to resist because in an ulcerative colitis flare, sweets for me were always a big NO. But now that I can have them, I need a little break. I need some salt. I need some cheese. And I need some spice. And that’s why this Cheesy Thai Yellow Curry Tater Tot Bake is my jam right now.
Cheesy Thai Yellow Curry Tater Tot Bake
I love the crunchy and crispy bottom, the parts of the tater tots that have adhered to the bottom of the pan.
I love the slight warm spice from the Thai yellow curry and the slightly smoky spice from the jalapeño marinated goat cheese.
I love the stringy bits of cheese that stretch out as you serve yourself up a portion.
I love how the runny yolk bleeds into the tater tots.
I’d say it’s a pretty awesome dish to celebrate not being sick.
I make my own Thai yellow curry paste from scratch because I haven’t found a store-bought one that I like. I made a huge batch last time, which has lasted me more than a year. You can find the recipe here or just use a pre-made Thai yellow curry paste that you like.
I hope all your Thanksgivings were amazing and that you are taking some time for yourself. I know I always need some calm after Thanksgiving.
Make Your Own Curry Paste
Okay, I know I said you could buy the curry paste but trust me, making it from scratch is:
- Not really that hard
- Provides BIG flavor even in little doses (like in this recipe)
- Allows you to control the flavor
- Saves you time and money
- Inspires you to get creative
Convinced? Go and make it!
Cheesy Thai Yellow Curry Tater Tot Bake
- 1/2 package Ore-Ida Tater Tots half of one 16 ounce/1 pound package
- 2 to 3 tablespoons Thai yellow curry paste
- 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- 2 slices Laura Chenel's Marinated Goat Cheese, Spicy Cabecou with Jalapeno OIl
- 2 to 4 eggs
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Spread the tater tots on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.
- Pour the tater tots into a bowl and mix with the curry paste until well coated. It's okay if some of the tater tots break apart.
- Pour coated tater tots into a small oven proof skillet (I used an 8-inch cast iron skillet).
- Sprinkle the shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese on top of the tater tots and break up the marinated goat cheese on top of everything.
- Bake 10 minutes.
- Create wells and crack the eggs into them. Cook 10 to 15 minutes, until the eggs are done how you like them. Serve with Greek yogurt.
What an absolutely wonderful idea! tater tots are always a great way to celebrate 🙂 Cheese, tater tots and curry – how can you go wrong? I can’t wait to give this one a try!
Right?! Glad you agree with me ?
I’m so glad you’re feeling better Meg! I’m sure in some ways its bittersweet, but I’m glad you can now enjoy some of the foods you were missing out on!. Let’s raise a glass to you feeling better and to the doctors who will someday find a cure.
Also totally loving the fusion vibe you have going! Never would have thought to put thai yellow curry together with cheese, but this sounds awesome!
Thank you so much Kitty and cheers to a cure! And Thai yellow curry and cheese are my new favorite combo now!
Hey girly! I just found your site and have been purusing through it for hours, it’s amazing! I love your pictures and can’t wait to make some of this amazing looking food! Do you have an instagram, because I would love to follow!
Thanks so much Nichole, that means a lot to hear! And I do have an Instagram-my handle is megiswell. So nice to hear from you!
The flavors here are to-die-for!
Wow, congratulations on being well!!! That is definitely something worth celebrating.
When you said, “This Cheesy Thai Yellow Curry Tater Tot Bake is perfect for those of you craving some savory, spicy, cheesy goodness.” I was like *raises hand* — I could seriously go for some savory, spicy, cheesy goodness right about now!! And those crispy bits stuck to the bottom of the pan? *swoon* So hungry!
Happy holidays to you, and while I hope you can not overdo all the tasty foods, I also hope you can continue to enjoy them without any pain or illness. 🙂
Thanks so much Willow! And those crispy bits stuck on the bottom of the pan are my favorite. I seriously had to take the pictures quick before I picked the bottom of the skillet clean!
First off, sorry to hear the holidays have always been marked by illness for you, but glad you are feeling better this year (and finally able to overindulge in the cookie sugar coma that gets the rest of us!). Secondly, you had me at tater tots. You could put basically ANYTHING on a pile of tater tots, and I’d dig in. This sounds great!
Thanks Julie-I’m pretty glad I get to experience the cookie sugar coma again! And I agree with you completely-anything on tater tots has me reaching for a fork to dig in.
This sounds so yummy..Anything with cheese and tater tot has to be good 🙂
What do you mean “sans colon”? That sounds radical. Your tater tot bake, on the other hand, looks amazing!
I had my colon removed in May as a last ditch resort to cure my struggles with ulcerative colitis. And thanks so much Lisa!
Potatoes and eggs, perfect late breakfast. and Quick too!! I love the addition of yellow curry. Thai flavors for morning, perfect!
yummm.. I’ll take salty over sweet any day! This sounds goopy and delicious 😀
I’m equal opportunity salty/sweet and if I can have them in one thing that’s perfect. But I really needed some salty after all the Thanksgiving sweets!