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I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Tater Tots beyond the Salt and Ketchup


Okay I’ll admit it; I happen to like tater tots, beyond the normal sprinkling of salt and covered in ketchup way of eating them. I also like to use them as an ingredient in other things such as this “Tater Tot Beef Bake”. Sure the kids will love it but trust me the grown-ups will too. Everything is canned, frozen and prepackaged so there is no need for a lot of prep work. Plus you can modify the ingredients to suit your taste; “change the type of veggies, or use a different meat or no meat at all”. It’s a great way to utilize those leftovers in the fridge. Be creative, you can adjust this to your hearts content.

1-1/2 lbs. ground beef
1-1/4 cups of water
2 envelopes sloppy joe sauce mix
1 can (6ounces) tomato paste
3-1/2 cups frozen green beans
1 can (4 ounces) Mushrooms stems and pieces drained
6 cups frozen tater tots (big bag)
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

In a dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in water and sauce mix. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3-5 minutes or until thickened. Add tomato paste; stir until blended. Add green beans and mushrooms.
Transfer to a greased 13-in. X 9-in. X 2-in. baking dish. Top with tater tots. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Sprinkle with cheese; bake another 5-10 minutes longer or until heated through and cheese is melted.
This will serve about 6-8 people

3 comments:

Redazione said...

Ciao... non credevo ci fossero così tanti blog che parlassero di cibo. be' una piacevole sorpresa.

Ho visto che hai un sacco di sponsor, sono redditizi? io con i google ads non faccio molti guadagni.

Buon lavoro... e se hai qualche ricetta afrodisica da segnalarmi ben venga!

Ciao!

Bon Vivant said...

This recipe is so retro! I have to make it (I'm planning on a retro food party soon).

Mimi said...

I love Tater Tots, too!

They don't exactly go with French cooking or low-carb diets, though.

But, we do buy them now and again, especially to go with steak or meatloaf during the week when time is tight.

Thank you for posting about them, Julie.