Tater tot casserole has got to be one of the world’s yummiest, tastiest comfort foods – ever! I love it. I crave it. I gobble it up at warp-speed! But they don’t really have tater tots in the UK, so it’s a hard dish to make.
I can hear you asking now: What? No tater tots? I thought the UK was a first-world nation?!
Yeah, well, not when it comes to pre-formed frozen potato treats. Or, at least not when it comes to tater tots, since they do have other forms of pre-formed frozen potato treats. And it seems that the low-end, discount freezer stores tend to have a variety of potato treats that – whilst not perfect – come pretty close to tater tots. At least close enough to work for tater tot casserole.
And since I stumbled upon a bag of such treats at Iceland yesterday – with bits of bacon in them, no less!—I figured it was a good excuse to have some yummy comfort food.
Oh, and if you’re from the UK and don’t know what I’m talking about – or if you’re from the States and have led a sad, sad, sheltered life – here’s a recipe for you!
Tater tot casserole
- 1 pound ground beef
- 16-ounce bag of frozen broccoli and cauliflower (or other veg to taste)
- 1 can Campbell’s condensed Cream of Mushroom soup
- 16-ounce bag of tater tots
- Johnny’s to taste
Begin cooking the tater tots as per the bags instructions. At the same time, defrost and partially heat the vegetables (drain if needed) and brown the beef.
When the tots are nearly cooked, reserve 12-20 to the side then mix all ingredients in a casserole dish. Place remaining tots on top, then return the casserole to the oven (at the same temperature as the tots) for 15-30 minutes – or until heated through.
Now, go and enjoy! And then make it again and again and enjoy it again and again!