Tater Tot Hot Dish

By Kay Steiger

In my very first post on the IFA, I promised to put up my recipe for a classic Midwestern dish (okay, Minnesotan dish) known as Tater Tot Hot Dish. If the word “hot dish” is just too much for you, simply do a mental replace all with the word “casserole.” This dish is something of a staple where I’m from and it’s so easy to make.

1 package Tater tots (obviously)
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 onion, sliced
fresh button mushrooms, sliced
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of celery soup
1/2 package frozen peas
Salt and pepper
Worcestershire sauce
soy sauce

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sauté the mushrooms and onion in pan over medium heat using a neutral oil, like canola or vegetable. Remove onions and mushrooms from the pan when they begin to get soft. Brown the hamburger until it is no longer pink (drain the fat, if necessary), and season with salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and a splash of soy sauce to taste. Return mushrooms and onions to the pan. Cook until well mixed.

2. Remove hamburger mixture from heat and place in a medium bowl. Add cans of cream soups and mix. Add frozen peas and mix. The mixture will look kind of gross, but trust me, it’s good.

3. Put mixture into a casserole dish, most likely an 8 1/2 by 12-inch or a similar size. You can also use a round deep casserole dish if you desire. Place frozen tater tots on top of the dish. Bake in oven for about an hour, or until it smells delicious. Dig in!

8 responses to “Tater Tot Hot Dish

  1. I know I’m nominally Midwestern because I looked at the disgusting concoction and thought “Fuck. Yes.” Will try this out this week.

  2. Some dishes may taste good, but should not be allotted food porn. This is one of those dishes.

  3. I think this dish needs more porn. And cheese!

  4. That is the most disgusting picture I’ve seen all day, and my job requires me to examine pictures of feet allegedly infected with fungi from salon pedicures. It’s made that much worse by the fact that it’s right below a gorgeous pic of chocolate nut clusters, and positioned so that I can’t see the candy without seeing this gross thing.

  5. I can attest that it was delicious

  6. That actually sounds pretty tempting, in a processed food sort of way. A poor man’s sheppards’ pie. Wait, isn’t that redundant.

  7. Do you follow this “hot dish” with some “bars?”

  8. UGH. Seeing this brought me back to 1998. I was in gradeschool, and the teacher had to check our plates to see if we ate our food. They tried to make me eat this disgusting concoction every other month when it was on the menu… Seeing it makes me sick all over again -.-

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