Napoleon Dynamite: No, go find your own.
Randy: Come on, give me some of your tots.
Napoleon Dynamite: No, I'm freakin' starving! I didn't get to eat anything today.
Randy: [kicks the tots]
Napoleon Dynamite: Ugh! Gross! Freakin' idiot!
This is what I hear in my head now, every time I am cooking anything to do with tater-tots, which is pretty much "tater-tot casserole". But NOT JUST TATER TOT CASSEROLE! This one made it to the top of my list! THIS is what a good casserole should taste like in my book! THESE are left-overs we were fighting over! Serving size: not enough! THIS RIGHT HERE is possibly the best "casserole" I have ever made, and it was a simple Tater-tot casserole! So good-- and would you believe it contained broccoli. :) (I am desperately searching for a substitute-- not because I don't like it- you would think that I could remember that I am totally allergic. I was so sick that night, and I couldn't figure out why until the next morning when I remembered. :) But let me tell you, it was well worth it!!! (And that is saying something!) Don't you go subbing ANYTHING! This was pure goodness! I beg you to "Go find your own," whether you are "freakin' starving" or not!
Beef & Tater Bake (Simple and Delicious)
4 cups frozen Tater Tots
1 lb. ground beef (I used ground turnkey with a sauted chopped onion in it.)
1 pkg. (16 oz.) frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) condensed cream of broccoli soup, undiluted (I used cream of chicken)
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 can 2.8 oz.) french-fried onions, divided
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Colby-jack cheese, divided
1/3 cup milk
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. pepper
Place Tater Tots in an ungreased 13x9 baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 400 for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in broccoli, soup, tomato, 3/4 cup French-fried onions, 1/2 cup cheese, milk, garlic powder and pepper; heat through. Pour over tater tots.
Cover and bake for 20 minutes, uncover; sprinkle with remaining onions and cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. (12 servings)