Monday, July 30, 2012

Tots On Top

When my kids were young we made this casserole for dinner at least once each month.  It never really had a name until one day my youngest daughter who was 3 at the time told me she wanted "Tots On Top" for dinner.  The name just stuck.

I've seen similar recipes, but none exactly the same.  This is quick, easy, and healthy.  I'm a believer in using fresh produce and avoiding processed foods.  It can't be done all the time, but fresh veggies are a no-brainer.

1 lb ground beef
1 small white onion (chopped)
1 can (10 3/4 oz) Golden Mushroom soup
1/4 cup milk
2 medium carrots (sliced or diced)
1/2 lb fresh green beans (ends snipped and cut into 1" pieces)
3 ears of corn on the cob
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 lb frozen Tater Tots

Wash, peel and slice carrots.  Wash, snip and slice green beans.  Remove the husk and wash the corn.  Use the Pampered Chef Kernel Cutter to remove the kernels from the ears of corn.  Place the Pampered Chef Steamer Basket in a 4 quart saucepan and add enough water in the pan to just reach the bottom of the steamer basket.  Add the veggies to the pan and salt well.  Place pan over high heat and steam for 6 minutes.  Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Brown the ground beef with the onion in a skillet.  Drain well once cooked.  Be sure to season the ground beef to your taste.

Place ground beef into 8" square baking dish.  Combine the soup and milk and whisk together.  Pour over the ground beef.  Top with the steamed veggies.  Sprinkle with the Cheddar cheese and then top with the Tater Tots.

Bake 45 minutes or until the Tater Tots are golden brown.

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