Friday, May 31, 2013

Easy Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole

I don't know about you, but I like easy. The less work I have to do, the better. 
Take this casserole for example. 
You take a few basic ingredients, stir them together, throw them in the oven, and you're done. 
Just like that. 
You can make this up the night before, keep it covered in the fridge, and simply bake it when you are ready to eat it. Perfect for when company is over, taking to potlucks, or for holiday breakfasts (Christmas morning just got easier!)
You can also play with the ingredients and add your favorites to customize it. 
And, have I mentioned how amazing this tastes?
It tastes amazing. 
Like, when-no-one-is-looking-you-might-just-lick-the-dish amazing. 

Easy Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole

1 bag (1kg/2lb) frozen tater tots
1/2 lb Italian sausage meat, browned
1 can (10 oz) cream of cheddar cheese soup
1 can (10 oz) cream of cheddar and broccoli soup
1 cup sour cream
1/2 a medium onion, diced
1/2 a red pepper, diced
1/2 cup + 1/2 cup aged cheddar, shredded
1 can French's fried onions

Spray a 9 X 13 baking pan with cooking spray, set aside.
In a large bowl, gently stir together the frozen tater tots, cooked sausage meat, soups, sour cream, onion, red pepper, and 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese. Stir until well combined.
Spread evenly into prepared dish.

Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and the can of French's fried onions.

Cover and refrigerate until ready to use - up to overnight.
When ready to bake - preheat oven to 350. (I like to let the casserole sit at room temp while the oven preheats.)
Bake at 350 until casserole is bubbly and heated through, about 45 - 55 minutes.

Soooo good. So cheesy. So ridiculously easy.
You can see from the recipe how easy this would be to customize. Ie: You could use 2 cans of pretty much any cream-of soup. You could add more veggies if you wanted. You could probably use hash browns if you couldn't find tater tots - but tater tots are my favorite! You could use your favorite cheeses.
However you make it, you have to admit, it does NOT get much easier than this.
FYI - You can cook it right away if you want to. You don't have to refrigerate it after your make it if you want to eat it right away. 

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  1. That just looks delicious! Yummy, thanks for sharing this recipe =o)

  2. I love to try a new recipe.....your Easy cheesy Tater Tot Casserole looks mouth watering. I will have to try this one for sure. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  3. I made this yesterday for the first time. I used the little square hash browns (Ore-Ida), as my husband isn't fond of Tater Tots. I made it, then baked it immediately. I browned some little sausage patties, crumbled, and added to the mixture, since hot sausage is too hot for me. We ate this for dinner, with plenty leftover for tonight's meal. Really good. Husband ate it with enthusiasm. Thanks! This recipe is a keeper!