Tator-Tot Casserole

We have a rule in our house that my boys are very familiar with “Eat your food, or go to bed”.  We don’t force them to eat everything on their plate, but they are required to take at least one or two bites of everything I make or they are sent to bed.  If we can get them to eat at least one bite then they usually decide they like it and eat more.  If they really don’t like it then we’ll let them eat some other leftover in the fridge, but we don’t cater very many of our dinners to the boys’ tastes.  I figure the more foods I introduce to them now the easier they will be able to feed later.  Anyway, with that said we were realizing that I hadn’t made anything for a few weeks that the boys really loved so my hubby suggested making Tator-Tot Casserole, so they would be a little more happy about dinner.  I don’t make this very often, but it’s a kid pleaser.  If you haven’t made it before, it kind of tastes like french fries and cheese burgers combined into a creamy (and slightly crunchy) casserole.  The best part is I only dirty three dishes in the whole process of making this.  So, get out a frying pan, heat-safe spoon or spatula, and a 9×13 pan and enjoy!


Tator-Tot Casserole

 1.5 lbs. hamburger

onion flakes

2 cans cream of. . . *

1 can milk (it’s not really canned milk, I just use one of the empty cans of cream of. . . and fill it with milk)

1 can of corn, drained

Frozen Tator Tots

2 handfuls of cheddar cheese

 *I used cream of chicken and cream of asparagus, but I know a lot of people that prefer cream of mushroom.

Turn oven to 350 degrees.  

In a skillet brown the meet and then add onion flakes and stir.  Pour into a 9×13 inch pan.  Pour on top of that the two cans of cream of. . . , (fill one of those empty cans with milk)add the milk,  and corn.  Stir it together in the pan so it’s all combined.  Pour the frozen Tater Tots over the creamy meat mixture.  I kind of poke them in a little bit, so that some sink into the creaminess, but the majority are covering the top. Bake for 40 minutes.  Remove from the oven, top with cheese, and bake for 10 more minutes. Done!

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