Every month, some friends of mine host a game night and there's always a theme for the potluck foods we bring. Today the theme was "American As Apple Pie," so I knew immediately that I would be making and bringing that American classic that no one from another country would touch with a ten-metre pole: Tater Tot Casserole.
I did not grow up with tater tot casserole, although I was raised on plenty of dishes that called for canned soups. My first exposure to it was at a job where where my co-workers and I took turns bringing in meals. One evening a co-worker introduced me to the glorious concoction of consumer packaged goods that is tater tot casserole. She gave me her recipe and the rest is history.
Without further ado, here's how to make one for yourself.
Tater Tot Casserole
2 lbs. ground beef
1/2 onion, diced
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
12 oz. frozen corn
32 oz. frozen tater tots
16 oz. American cheese slices
Garlic powder and black pepper to taste
Heat oven to 400°F. Brown ground beef in a large skillet, add diced onion and cook until onion is translucent. Meanwhile, put frozen corn in a small saucepan with enough water to cover and heat until water is boiling. Drain and add to cooked ground beef. Mix in both cans of soup and any desired spices.
Spread ground beef mixture into a large casserole dish (13" x 9" or similar). Top with cheese slices, then arrange tater tots on top to cover.
Bake for 30 minutes or until tater tots are browned on top.