Tater Tot Hot Dish is widely known where I come from. Seems as though the whole idea of the "hot dish" is a total Northern thing (Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, etc). In Montana, I grew up on Cowboy Hot Dish, Tater Tot Hot Dish, Hamburger Hot Dish, etc. Toss a bunch of stuff together, bake it up, and call it a hot dish!
Tater Tot Hot Dish was one of the meals I prepared ahead of time when I was pregnant for post baby. When my sister and her family came into town a couple weeks after birth, I took the hot dish out of freezer, let it thaw in the fridge, and popped it in the oven to bake. It was easy peasy. And delicious.
Tater Tot Hot Dish was one of my faves growing up. Everyone's Mother and Granny had their own twist on it, but they all held the same main ingredients. Here's how I like mine.
(Picture when I get back to Florida in a month or so. It is on my computer there.)
Tater Tot Hot Dish
-2 lbs ground hamburger
-2 cup diced onion
-1 cup diced celery
-1 tsp garlic powder
-1 tsp seasoning salt
-Fresh ground black pepper to taste
-2 can green beans drained
-1 can sweet corn drained
-2 cans cream of mushroom soup
-2 cups of sour cream
-3-4 cups of shredded cheese (cheddar, colby jack, or mexican blend)
-32 oz bag of frozen tater tots
-Brown hamburger on stove. When it is almost done browning, add the onion, celery, garlic powder, seasoning salt, and black pepper. Continue to cook until onion and celery are tender and meat is done.
-Pour the meat mixture into the bottom of a 9x13 pan.
-In a bowl mix the two cans of undiluted soup, and the 2 cups of sour cream.
-Glob the soup/sour cream mixture, in different places, all over the surface of the meat mixture. Use a rubber spatula or back of spoon to spread it evenly over the meat.
-Next, evenly scatter the drained beans and corn over the top of the soup mixture.
-Now sprinkle the cheese over the surface of the veggies.
-Lastly, use the frozen tater tots to cover the surface.
-Bake in a 425 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until the tater tots are nice and browned, and the sides are bubbling.
*Can easily 1/2 this recipe for a smaller dish.
*Also can add any other veggies you like (frozen peas?)
*Tater Tot Hot Dish is a good freezer meal too.
*Can keep in the fridge, covered, for a day or so before baking if you choose.