Want to make the most traditional Minnesota dish that guarantees you will be saying “Uff Da” before you know it?
Well.. . look no further than this dish.
Ground beef mixed with cream of mushroom soup, add in veggies and top with as many tater tots as you can fit on top. Rich and creamy with the cream of mushroom ‘sauce’ and perfect with the addition of crunch, slightly salty tater tots on top. Perfect served with gobs of ketchup. (As most hot dishes are!)
And no – this is not a casserole – if you are from MN – then this is a hot dish!
And it is really so so so easy to make.
1 lb ground beef
1 large onion – diced
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 –3 cans of veggies
1 bag of tater tots
Start with 1 lb ground beef and diced onion. Sauté over medium heat until onions are translucent and soft and ground beef is cooked through.
Remove from heat. Add can of cream of mushroom soup. (Cream of mushroom soup is the most traditional – but you can really use any cream soup.)
Be careful using your awesome pink spatula to get the soup out of the can, because the sharp edges will cut the spatula and make you sad.
Then, move on, because you know if you complain to your sister about it, you might get a new one at Christmas.
Drain the veggies.
Add to the mix of ground beef, onion and soup. *Tip – you can use any amount of veggies you want. . . at least 1 can, but you can use up to 3 cans if you like your veggies. You can also use fresh or frozen veggies too.
Mix all together and put in 9×13 pan.
And it’s ok to take out some of the mixture before you add other veggies, in case you only like corn in yours. . .
Perfect to make and take to a neighbors house for a new baby or after an accident. I took this pan over to our next door neighbors house after the Dad had a bad car accident.
But of course, kept some for us for dinner too.
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Top with a layer of tater tots. (you probably won’t use a whole bag)
And cook for about 30 minutes or until the tots are golden brown.
And enjoy! With lots of ketchup because that it the Minnesota way.
Do you call them hot dishes or casseroles?