Tater tot casserole is a meal in a dish that features tater tots, the crispy little fried cylinders made of grated potatoes. CookingChannelTV.com provides a traditional recipe using ground beef, corn, green beans and cream of mushroom soup. The blogger at PlainChicken.com offers a version using bacon pieces, cheddar cheese, sour cream and Ranch dressing mix.
Cooking Channel TV says its recipe, called "Hot Dish" and pronounced "Hoddish," is popular at large gatherings in Minnesota. Making the casserole starts with sauteing a finely-chopped medium onion in oil over medium heat, then adding a pound of ground beef and stirring until the beef is cooked. After seasoning this with salt and pepper, the mix goes into a 13-inch by 9-inch baking dish. The cook layers the 1 3/4 cups frozen corn and 2 cups frozen green beans on top, pours two 10-ounce cans of cream of mushroom soup evenly over the dish and tops the whole thing with a pound of frozen tater tots. After baking in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for one hour, the casserole is ready to eat.
"'Cracked Out' Tater Tot Casserole, " which the Plain Chicken blog calls "cracked" because of the flavor blend of cheddar cheese, bacon and ranch dressing, also uses a 13-inch by 9-inch baking pan and a pre-heated 350 degree oven. The blog advises spraying the baking pan with cooking spray. The cook mixes 16 ounces of sour cream, a can of Cream of Chicken soup, a 1-ounce packet of ranch dressing mix, a 3-ounce bag of real bacon pieces and 2 cups cheddar cheese in a large bowl, then folds in 2 pounds of frozen tater tots. After transferring the mixture to the baking pan, she cooks it for 40 to 45 minutes, until it is bubbly.