Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cheesy Tater-Tot Casserole Recipe

I will never forget the first time that my husband cooked for me.

The finished tater tot casserole with the title in the bottom right right hand corner.

We hadn't been married all that long and we were living in a little basement apartment.  He told me he was going to make something called "Tater-Tot Casserole" and I will confess to you I was a little concerned.  I have told y'all that I did not grow up eating casseroles so when I saw the traditional ground beef, cream of mushroom soup, and tater-tots, it was scary.  But, as with any new bride, I was a good sport about the whole thing and I will humbly admit that it was DELICIOUS!!  Over the years I have tweaked the recipe a little and did away with the canned soups, but this recipe is equally delightful and I know you are going to love it!

Let's get started!

Tater-Tot Casserole:
*Prep Time: 20 min *Cook Time: 20 min *Difficulty:  Easy  *Servings: 6-8


The ingredients needed to make the cheesy tater tot casserole.

  • 1 lb. of Ground Beef
  • 1 32 oz. bag of Tater-Tots
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 8 oz. Cheese, grated
  • 4 oz. Cream Cheese
  • 2 c. Milk
  • 2 tbsp. Flour
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
To begin, preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

Frozen tater tots on a baking sheet.

This next step is something I do simply because I think it gives your tater-tots a better texture in the casserole.  It is not necessary.

Place the tater-tots onto a baking sheet.

Tater tots cooking in the oven.

Put them into the preheated oven and cook for 20 minutes.

A skillet on the stove with a little oil in it.

While the tater-tots are baking, place a skillet over a medium/high heat and add a little oil.

Raw ground beef cooking in the skillet.

Once the skillet is hot, add the ground beef.

The ground beef seasoned with salt and pepper.

Season the meat with salt and pepper.

Garlic and onion being added to the ground beef.

Add the onion and garlic and cook until meat is browned and is no longer pink.

Flour being added to the cooked ground beef and onions.

Once the meat is fully cooked add the flour.

The flour being stirred into the ground beef.

Mix together until the meat is coated and cook for 1-2 minutes.

Milk being added to the meat and flour mixture.

Add the milk.

Cream cheese being added to the sauce.

Bring to a simmer and let thicken.

Add the cream cheese.

The cream cheese melting into the sauce.

Whisk together until the cream cheese is melted and smooth.

Salt going into the  sauce.

Taste for seasoning and add any salt and...

Pepper going into the sauce.

Pepper you think it needs.

The cooked tater tots in a greased baking dish.

Now it is time to assemble.
Place half of the tater-tots on the bottom of a greased baking dish.

The stroganoff sauce poured over the tater tots.

Add the sauce.

More tater tots placed over the layer over the sauce.

Then add the other half of the tots.

The Cheesy Tater Tot casserole with the sprinkled cheese on top.

Cover with the shredded cheese.

The cheese tater tot casserole in the oven.

Then place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

The finished casserole on a plate.

Look at that YUMMY plate.  It is crunchy, creamy, cheesy, and oh-so-good.  This is truly comfort food to the MAX.  The best part is that, while this is not a light dish, you don't have to worry about all of the salt and preservatives that come from the canned soup because you made this yourself.

A bite of the Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole.

Pardon me while I take a little bite...
Oh yeah, it's sooooo good!

So hop on the casserole bandwagon tonight and make this GREAT dish!  Serve it up with some steamed broccoli, green beans, or even a nice salad.  Your entire family is going to LOVE it!

And as always...

Happy Reading, Happy Eating, Happy Living,
~The Kitchen Wife~


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