Monday, December 5, 2011

TaterTot Casserole

This is another down home Southern classic.  Really there is nothing we won't do with frozen potato products in the South.  We also fry everything.  I swear I would eat fried dirt.  This recipe can be served at a breakfast, brunch or as a side at dinner.  We served it as a side for the meat eaters and as a main dish for the Veggie Dad. 

Now, I am not going to lie to you.  This is not a low calorie meal, however if could be worse.  I guess?  Anyway, I will include the caloric information at the end of the recipe.  As always, I use for the calculation of my calories and the calculation is based on the specific ingredients that I used.  If you put something drastically different in your dish you will need to re-calculate the calories. is free to join and use.  I highly recommend it for anyone wishing to track their caloric intake for whatever reason. 



3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
2 cups shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
14 ounces vegan ground sausage
2 pounds frozen tater tots

Melt the butter in a saucepan.  While the butter melts, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

Add the onion powder, the salt and the ground pepper to the melted butter.

Cook until the seasoning is slightly browned

Add the Cream of Mushroom soup, stir until well combined and the soup is warmed through.

Place the frozen tater tots in a large bowl

Add the soup mixture to the frozen tater tots

Stir until well combined

Vegan ground sausage tends to be a bit sticky, so you'll want to brown it a bit before using it.  This will alleviate the stickiness.

Add the shredded cheese and stir to combine

Once the vegan ground sausage is browned, add it to the tater tot mixture and stir until well combined.

Press the tater tot casserole into a 9x13 in baking dish and bake for 30 to 35 minutes at 350 degrees or until the casserole is a golden brown.

Serves 8 ample portions. 
Calories: 411


  1. I laughed out loud when I saw this 'cause I just went there last night. Hadn't made it for years (can't even tell you the last time I bough a "cream of..." soup)but needed some comfort food. I did the meat variety--1/2 lb. grass-fed ground beef and a package of frozen mixed veggies with half a diced onion and soup with 3/4 c. milk. Then I top with the all-too-delicious taters and bake 'til golden. Great minds think alike :-)

  2. Here in Minnesota, it's called "hot dish". I had no idea what that was until we moved here. Aparantly, it's a BIG thing here. At least one person will bring one to every pot luck you go to. I still have never tried it because I don't get invited to pot lucks :( .

    I tried serving tater tots to the kids last week and only half of them liked it (the 9 month old doesn't count though ;) so I don't think I'll be making "hot dish" anytime soon. How did your kids like it? It seems like mine should love it, but I'm scared to make something that I won't want to eat the leftovers when they poo-poo it.


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