This classic Tater Tot Hotdish is the perfect comfort food. Whether it’s the main dish or a side, everyone at the table will be satisfied. This Midwestern staple is easy to make and fills everyone up. Great for your Thanksgiving table or any time of the year!
Are you ready for the Super Bowl? What are your plans? As always, we are making WAY too much food for just a few people. I have smokies and brownies to finish, but in the meantime let's talk about ugly food. There could not be an uglier food than Tater Tot Hotdish. Or Tater Tot Casserole, if that's more up your alley. Here in Minnesota we go with Hotdish. Or more accurately, hahhhht-dish.
This classic hotdish is often served at Thanksgiving, but it is perfect on any dinner table any time of the year. It is packed with comfort, with beef and potatoes and veggies all in a single bite.
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HOW TO MAKE EASY TATER TOT HOTDISH
Prep for this Tater Tot Hotdish is minimal. There is no need to pre-cook veggies or tater tots. Easy peasy! This classic comfort food is going to make your house smell good and fill everyone up!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until tender and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Drain grease from pan and add salt and pepper to onions and beef.
Add green beans, cream of mushroom soup, corn, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce to the skillet. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes and pour in an even layer into prepared casserole dish.
Once the meat has been completely topped with tater tots (do this in a single layer), sprinkle the cheese over top. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until tater tots are golden brown and the cheddar cheese is melted.
RECIPE TIPS: MAKE THIS THE BEST DISH AT THE TABLE!
To add a bit of spice to the dish, add 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper to the beef onion mixture.
Cream of chicken or cream of celery soup can replace cream of mushroom, if desired!
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder would be a great addition to the beef mixture.
Ground turkey or sausage would be excellent replacement options for ground beef or skip the meat altogether to make it a meatless dish!
WHAT IS HOTDISH?
Maybe you’re not from Minnesota (lovingly referred to as Minnesnowta!) and the word hotdish is confusing. But casserole is more familiar. Either way, it’s a one-pot meal packed with your protein, a potato or some sort of starch, your veggies and some sort of gravy or sauce.
WHY IS HOTDISH SO POPULAR?
Hotdish is a great option because it’s very affordable. You can use frozen, canned or fresh veggies. You layer the meat, potatoes and veggies so you don’t spend a lot on any layer. You also pack a lot of food into one pot. Also, it’s great for having leftovers or enough to feed a great big group!
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO FREEZE CASSEROLES
This hotdish will stay fresh in the fridge store in an air-tight container for 5 days. If you want to freeze for later enjoyment, you have a couple options:
Freeze unbaked - Assemble the layers as directed in an aluminum baking pan and wrap tightly in foil. Place into resealable freezer bags and freeze for 3-4 months. When you are ready to enjoy the casserole, let it thaw completely (preferably in the fridge overnight) and bake as directed on the recipe.
Freeze baked - Assemble the layers and bake as directed in an aluminum baking pan. Let the casserole cool completely and wrap tightly in foil. Place into resealable freezer bags and freeze for 3-4 months. When you are ready to enjoy the casserole, let it thaw completely (preferably in the fridge overnight). Reheat in a 250 degree F oven uncovered for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.
DO I NEED TO COVER A CASSEROLE IN THE OVEN?
There is no hard and fast rule for whether or not a casserole should be covered with foil during baking. All recipes differ, but here are some things to consider when deciding whether or not to cover your baking dish.
Covering a dish during the baking process traps in moisture and keeps ingredients from getting crispy or burnt. If the dish contains exposed noodles or bread or something that may burn or dry out easily, then it should be covered for a majority of the cook time. Also, if the recipe contains uncooked rice, pasta or grains, it is important to cover the pan in order to trap steam inside which help it to cook more quickly and evenly.
Leaving a dish uncovered during baking will ensure that the top layer gets browned and it also aids in reducing liquids inside the dish. If all of the ingredients in the dish are pre-cooked, baking uncovered is recommended.
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