I’m sure you know by now, that dang critter saw his shadow. Yup…SIX, count ’em…six more weeks of this bizarro Winter! Boo!!! I kind of had a feeling it wasn’t done with us yet. So looks like we’ll have to hunker down for just a bit longer. This Tater Tot Casserole is the perfect comfort food to help you get through it.
I’m not even going to try to pretend this casserole is healthy or good for you in any way. I’m quite sure it is not. But let me tell you…it is oh so good. Gooey, creamy, savoury, cheesey, tater-tot-y bliss! Just the thing to warm you up and soothe those nerves on one of these frigid winter nights.
And one of the truly awesome things about this casserole is that it freezes fantastically well. So once you are going to all the trouble to make it (uh…it is really not very much trouble…) you can make an extra pan of it and just pop it in the freezer. You will be so happy that you did because the next time you have one of those days…you know the kind…made even worse by the icy roads, frozen pipes and kids being home from school for the second week straight…all you’ll have to do is pull that bad boy out of the freezer and place directly in the oven. There you have it…comfort food therapy on the way! And while the family thinks you’re busy “preparing” dinner, you can have a moment or two to yourself. All alone…Well, alone except for that glass (or should I say bottle) of wine… Just kidding! I know you wouldn’t do that. I’m sure it is obvious to everyone that a tall, frosty beer (or say six…one for every extra week of Winter) would be a much better pairing with this dish! Hope everyone enjoys their extended weeks of Winter!
Tater Tot Casserole
recipe adapted from: craving comfort
yield: 4 servings
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1/2 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tablespoon tomato puree
- handful fresh thyme leaves
- 10 ounce can of condensed cream of chicken or mushroom soup
- 8 ounces sour cream
- 16 oz. package of frozen tater tots
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Brown ground beef seasoned with salt and pepper. Remove beef from pan, leaving as much of grease in pan as possible and set aside.
Saute chopped onion and garlic in reserved grease. Cook until tender. Add ground beef back to pan and add Worcestershire sauce and tomato puree. Stir until combined. Add thyme leaves to mixture.
In large bowl, combine sour cream and cream of chicken soup. Add beef mixture and stir to combine.
Place soup/beef mixture in 8×8″ pan. Top with tater tots.
Bake uncovered for 30 – 40 minutes until bubbly and tater tots are golden brown.
Sprinkle one cup of cheese over tater tots and return to oven until cheese in melted.
This casserole freezes well. Put it together and freeze until ready to bake. If you would like to feed a crowd, consider doubling it and baking in a 9×13″ pan.