Anne Michael's Signature Midwestern Hotdish
Check out this incredibly tasty recipe from our resident mid-westerner: Anne Michael (AKA Panda Anne)!
Who’s ready for some good ol’ midwestern tater tot hotdish? This is a classic recipe, known to anyone who’s grown up or lived near the land you betchas and don’t ya knows...lookin’ at you, Minnesotans! I grew up in a suburb of the Twin Cities. Although my family didn’t make hotdish every night (despite what my colleagues think), hotdish is definitely a crowd favorite at potlucks, family dinners, and other functions. I mean, what adult doesn’t love embracing their inner child with some hot tater tots! There are a million different ways you can make it.
This recipe is tweaked slightly from Visit Minnesota website.
Ingredients (Serves 8):
- 1 pound ground beef (this time around we tried it with plant based meat crumbles instead)
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 10 3/4 ounce can cream of mushroom soup
- 1 10 3/4 ounce can cream of chicken soup (we didn’t have a can of cream of chicken soup, so we mixed together some chicken bouillon + heavy cream...yay experimenting!)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 16 oz. package frozen mixed vegetables
- 1 16 oz. package frozen tater tots
- 1 1/2 cups cheddar jack cheese
- Optional spices to add to meat: garlic powder, garlic onion
- Optional Toppings: Sour cream, more cheese, hot sauce, jalapenos, or your own favorite topping!
- Chop onion
- Brown the ground beef or plant based crumbles with the onion; drain off any fat.
- Stir in the soups, milk, and the vegetables.
- Transfer the mixture to a 9 x 13" baking dish. Arrange the tater tots on top.
- Bake in a preheated 350° oven for about 30 minutes, or until the mixture is bubbly and the tater tots are brown and crisp.
- Sprinkle the cheese over the tater tots, return the dish to the oven, and bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
In the unlikely event that you have leftovers, I highly recommend scrambling it up with some eggs in the morning to make a breakfast hash!
Great stuff! Like a Shephard pie but with cans and tater tots. Most excellent shelter-in-place comfort food.On April 14, 2020