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Tasteful Tater Tots

Pigs-in-blankets and mac-and-cheese cups have managed to transcend their lowbrow status—these comfort food hors d’oeuvres show up at casual and fancy affairs alike. We’re happy to announce that tater tots may be next on the A-list, thanks to Shiraz NYC’s, 212-255-7001, shiraznyc.com, latest innovation. The Manhattan catering company’s "potato lollipops" are only slightly reminiscent of the school cafeteria favorite (these are more gastronomically complex and cleverly presented). Sweet and Yukon potatoes are battered and either baked or fried (whichever you prefer), and served with a variety of dipping sauces, including sundried tomato ketchup, dill pesto and horseradish crème fraîche. "They bring back good childhood memories," says Shiraz NYC’s president, Shai Tertner, "but are much more elegant."