24 December, 2017
Ultimate Tater Tot Casserole
Tater Tot Casserole is a classic dish for busy weeknights and potluck dinners, but this recipe takes it up a big, delicious notch by using a homemade sauce.
Many of us have fond childhood memories of tater tot casserole (or as we call it, “hot dish“). Whether it reminds you of the busy weeknights when your mom needed a quick and easy dish to throw together to get dinner on the table or church potlucks that were never complete without so-and-so’s “famous” hot dish, tater tot casserole is a comforting dish that takes many of us straight back to childhood.
Really, what’s not to love about tater tot casserole? We’re talking about creamy hamburger gravy topped with gooey, melted cheese and perfectly golden and crisp tater tots, after all.
Oh yeah. There’s the fact that the star ingredient of classic tater tot casseroles (aside from the tots, of course) is canned condensed soup. And while there’s nothing wrong with taking a shortcut in the kitchen to get dinner on the table quickly, making our own sauce is super easy. And if you’re making your own sauce instead of using condensed soup, you can also make Homemade Tater Tots with our tasty recipe before building your casserole.
We can totally do this, can’t we? Yes, we absolutely can. Your family is gonna love this Ultimate Tater Tot Casserole because it tastes even better than the casserole of your childhood memories.
We’re going to do this by scratch-making a quick creamy mushroom pan sauce, which is loaded with baby portabellas, fresh herbs and garlic. It’s a seriously easy step that takes no more than 10 minutes from start to finish, but the difference in flavor that it gives to the casserole is astounding.
The mushrooms taste so much fresher and juicier than canned cream soup counterparts, and the flavor is enhanced by the hearty flavor of fresh rosemary and thyme. It sure isn’t your grandma’s hot dish, but we guarantee she’ll be obsessed with it too.