What Is Tater Tot Casserole?


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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.

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What Is Tater Tot Casserole?
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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.

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