Friday, December 05, 2008

Tater Tot Hot Dish


- 400g Minced Beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2x420g cans of Campbell's cream soup - Any combination of mushroom, celery and/or chicken will work. I like one can of Cream of Chicken and one Cream of Celery. I don't like corn so never use it.
- 1/2 soup can of milk or water - if required to thin the soup
Various vegetables - I use a couple of carrots, two or three sticks of celery and a good handfull of fresh beans. Tinned vegetables would work instead of fresh. Corn would work if you wanted it.
- 1 kg pack Potato Gems - In the US these are known as “Tator Tots”. In fact, hash browns or even frozen chips would probably also work, but I haven't tried them.
- Cheddar cheese, grated

Baking pan or casserole dish - I use a large Pyex 2.8 litre rectangular dish, that's 9x13 in the old money or 15 cups.
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In a largish frying pan, brown the minced meat and onions. Into the pan put the soups, the milk/water, and the vegetables. Stir and cook until warmish/hot.
Cover the bottom of the baking pan with the potato things, pour the casserole mixture over them, and cover liberally with the grated cheese.
Bake at 180C (350F) for 45 minutes.
Let stand for 5 minutes and serve.

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