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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Recipe Alert: Tater Tot Casserole

When we have nothing else in our kitchen we usually have the ingredients to cook tater tot casserole. This is one of my comfort food {go-to} dinners that EVERYONE seems to love. A few years ago my mother-in-law taught me how to make this and it has been in our meal rotation ever since.

What do you need?

1 - 2 pounds ground hamburger meat
1 package frozen tater tots (I prefer the Publix brand)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 can cream of chicken soup (optional)
1 - 2 cups shredded cheese
Salt and Pepper

How do you make it?

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Brown the meat on your stove in a skillet, drain.

Daddy D prefers a meatier (is that even a word?) casserole, so we usually use close to 2 pounds.

Stir in the condensed soups (both), salt and pepper, and let simmer on low for 10 minutes.

Spread the mixture in the bottom of a baking dish and cover with frozen tater tots.

Most of the time it doesn't take the entire bag of tater tots so save the leftovers for another time.

Bake for 20 - 25 minutes. Make sure your tater tots look golden brown.

Cover with cheese, we choose to add more than less so I go with 2 cups.

Place back in the oven and bake an additional 5 minutes, until cheese is bubbly.

Let cool for 5 minutes, it will be steaming HOT!

Serve with ketchup, optional.

Side Note: This makes AWESOME leftovers for lunch the next day, and is a great {freezer meal} idea.

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