The Beauty of a Cowboy Tater Casserole

Today is National Pina Colada Day. As everyone knows, Pina Coladas are a sweet, rum-based cocktail that includes Cream of Coconut and Pineapple Juice. If you are expecting a recipe, think again. While I do like Malibu Rum (coconut rum) in a tall glass with Pineapple Juice, that’s about as close as we come to a Pina Colada in our house.

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Tater Tot Breakfast Pizza

Hubby loves his tater tots. He likes them with just about anything, and will eat them just about any time of the day. Just the tots, with a sprinkling of salt. Pile them alongside a burger or grilled dog. Serve them in the morning instead of Breakfast Potatoes. He doesn’t care, so long as he has his tots.

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It’s Minnesota Day!

The first of March gave us plenty of National Days to pick from. Dadgum That’s Good Day, Fruit Compote Day, Peanut Butter Lover’s Day and National Pig Day just to name a few. Although I think it would have been in poor taste to roast a pig on a day set aside to honor the intelligence of the pig.

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A Day of Reflection with a Casserole

Today is the Feast Day of The Holy Innocents. For those unfamiliar with this Holy Day, it was originally a day of great mourning and fasting within the Christian communities, a day of remembrance for the Slaughter of Innocence. Although the date is unknown, on December 28 the church mourned the children who were said to be massacred in Bethlehem by King Herod the Great in his attempt to kill the infant Jesus.

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Corn Chip Taco Tater-Tot Casserole

My phone chirped – I had a text. It was coming up on five and I guessed Hubby was letting me know he was on his way home. I was right, it was Hubby. I was mistaken about the message. He was going to be late. No worries. My casserole wouldn’t take long. Planning ahead for late evenings is something I take pride in. And besides, it’s summer. There is something perfectly acceptable about eating dinner at seven in the summer. Eat at seven in the winter and you feel like it’s midnight. Why is that?

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Super Easy Tater Tot Casserole

One afternoon I was watching Worst Cooks in America Celebrity Edition. The celebrities were asked to name their signature dish. One gal said she was from the mid-west, a real meat and potatoes part of the country, and hers was a Tater Tot Casserole. Tater what? Sounded crazy to me. But then, I’ve never understood tater tots in the first place. When I mentioned this to Hubby, he said that sounded about right. I filed the idea away and forgot all about the idea. That is until a few night ago. For whatever reason, I thought what the heck. My guys like ground beef. My guys like tater tots.

Tater Tot Casserole
1/2 Cup Chopped Onion
1 pound ground beef
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3 cups frozen fried potato nuggets

Heat oven to 425 degrees.

Chop onions into bite-size pieced. Set aside.

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Crumble beef into a large skillet over medium-high heat.Cook the beef until nicely browned, breaking up any chunks as it cooks. Drain off excess grease.

Add onions to beef and continue to cook about 5 minutes or until onions are tender and translucent.

 

Stir the soup, ketchup and Worcestershire in the skillet.  Continue to cook until heated through.

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Spoon the beef mixture into a 2-quart shallow baking dish. Arrange the potatoes around the inside edge of the baking dish.

 

Bake for 25 minutes or until the potatoes are golden brown.

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Serve with a nice salad and enjoy.

 

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