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Tater Tot Casserole


Let’s face it:  a good meal in a hurry is a good thing, especially if it can cook while you’re spending some time with the family.  Then you can feed your hungry bunch with something better than fast food or delivery.  Not only do you save on the family budget, but you get that “comfort” food that you really want.  This is great recipe for one of those times.

(Thank you, Virginia Le Master!  http://www.justapinch.com/recipe/virginia-lemaster/tatertot-casserole/quick-easy-healthy-beef-for-kids#.T42zUzGRPMQ.pinterest)

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. of ground beef.  You can also use venison, elk, buffalo or even ground turkey.
  • 1 pkt. of dry Onion Soup.  (I used Lipton’s, but Virginia also mentions Mrs. Grass.)
  • 1 can of Campbell’s Golden Mushroom Soup.  (I don’t know of another brand that makes that.)
  • 1 ¼ cups of shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 bag of Tater Tots (I found that the brand really is a matter of preference.)

Directions:

Brown the meat and drain off any fat.  Add the dry onion soup mix and the soup, but don’t add any water.  Place the tater tots in a greased casserole dish.  Top them with the beef mixture and top it off with the shredded cheddar cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  This recipe serves 4-6 people.

Variations and Tips:

(The variations and tips are my own, and not associated with the original author.)

I have made this more than a few times, trying some of my own ideas:

  • Since I didn’t have the Golden Mushroom Soup, I tried the Cheddar Cheese Soup.  It gave it a cheesier taste.
  • In another version, I added a small can of drained mushrooms (you can use fresh cut mushrooms as well) and used Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese.
  • You can also add some diced, drained tomatoes for extra flavor, but add an additional cup of shredded cheese to the tater tots to thicken the mixture as it cooks.
  • If you like it spicy, sprinkle a few dashes of Tabasco sauce on the top of the casserole.
  • You can also make this for breakfast using ground sausage and pouring four to six whipped eggs over the potatoes.  You should increase the cooking time by about 10 to15 minutes or until the eggs are set.  I added a cup of cheese with the eggs (just because I love cheese!).
  • To make cleanup a bit easier, line your pan with foil and then grease the foil.  Cooking spray works well.  After the meal, simply peel out the foil and toss it.  How easy is that?

If you have other suggestions for this recipe, please share them here!  I’m still trying different variations, including a quick camping recipe.  Believe me, there are a lot of them!

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