Sunday, November 23, 2008

Tater Tot Hotdish


1 lb hamburger (I use ground turkey. It's cheaper and has no fat to soak into the tater tots.)
2 lb bag tater tots (I use generic.)
onion salt (Or whatever spice you like.)
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup (Generic, of course.)

You could probably use 2 cans of ANY cream soup for a variety.

Pat burger, in an even layer, into bottom of greased 9x13 cake pan.
Sprinkle burger with onion salt.
Arrange frozen tater tots, in rows, on top of meat.
Evenly spread soups on top of tater tots.
Bake @ 375 for 30-45 minutes(or until the top is skinned over and lightly browned) on the bottom oven rack.
Cut in squares and serve.

Served with salad or vegetables, this recipe makes a quick and easy meal. This is one of the first recipes my kids learned to prepare on their own. I think Z was 5 when he cooked this the first time.

This hotdish easily feeds a family of 4. It also freezes quite well. Just wrap leftover squares in plastic wrap, freeze, and re-heat in the microwave for a quick lunch.

My cost for this meal:
turkey burger-$1.79
tater tots-$1.18
soups-$1.60

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18 Comments:

At 11/23/2008 10:38 AM, Blogger Squirl said...

Sounds very filling for a tiny price. I'll bet it's tasty, too.

:-)

 
At 11/23/2008 11:12 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Squirl, it IS! I think this is my family's favorite hotdish.

 
At 11/23/2008 11:50 AM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

OMG, that dish would easily cost three times that amount up here! Ground turkey is ridiculously expensive up here?

But, I did see wild turkeys at the dump yesterday...They would be cheap...but kinda gross...

 
At 11/23/2008 12:19 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

WC, the prices I quoted were sale prices. I don't pay full price for anything if I can avoid it. The tater tots were 50% off w/coupon!

Field dressing a turkey isn't too bad. Plucking them is a PIA though. ;)

I'm making your cornmeal biscuits for dinner tonight with our minestrone. I'll let you know how they go over.

 
At 11/23/2008 2:35 PM, Blogger Jeannie said...

Sounds good - but I would never buy tater tots - no idea why although I would use instant mashed potatoes (the ones from Costco are really good)...I would also probably just make a homemade white sauce with mushrooms or cheese or whatever instead of using cream soup (I do it in the microwave and it only takes a minute anyway and then you miss out on the additives and salt)

 
At 11/23/2008 3:30 PM, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said...

I've never had anything like that, but I like all the ingredients. Maybe I'll pick up the ingredients then next time I'm at the store. Sounds yummy!

 
At 11/23/2008 4:00 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Jeannie, why didn't I think of that white sauce idea? I make white sauce for my scalloped and au gratin potatoes all the time. Duh!

Tater tots and instant mashed are the only pre-fab potatoes I buy. I buy powdered(not flake) instant mashed potatoes, by the case, at work. Nobody I've fed them to can tell them from real mashed. I occasionally buy frozen hash browns, if the price is right.

VV, that's why I posted the recipe. I'm always on the lookout for new, inexpensive recipes. We may be poor, but we don't have to be boring. ;)

 
At 11/23/2008 8:23 PM, Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

That sounds delicious. I love potatoes - any kind - but have had to forego eating them on my low carb. :-(

Maybe I could substitute puree cauliflower for the potato? Hmmm. I'll have to think on this one.

 
At 11/23/2008 10:28 PM, Blogger Gardenia said...

THANK you - I used to make that when kids were little and had lost my recipe - grandson will love it - not to mentionn "H".

 
At 11/24/2008 7:00 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Grizz, I'm not much for pasta and bread, and I can ignore sweets if I want to, but I gotta have my spuds! ;)

Gardenia, you're welcome! Let grandson help you make it, then he can surprise Mom and step-dad by cooking dinner at home. ;)

 
At 11/24/2008 8:35 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said...

That sounds and looks very tasty. Yummm.

 
At 11/24/2008 10:52 PM, Blogger Cherie said...

My aunt introduced me to that recipe years ago when my kids were tiny. It really is easy and yes, the kids can easily whip it up and feel like they've done quite a thing.

 
At 11/25/2008 8:29 AM, Blogger Z-kid said...

Mm, a classic favorite around here. :-d

Also, to quote Mad magazine, "Cheap!"

 
At 11/25/2008 11:36 AM, Blogger tweetey30 said...

I forgot about this meal.. I might try this. I have the tator tots so all I would need is the soups.. Jeff doesnt like it though but I could try it for us girls for lunch and freeze the rest for later on in the week..

 
At 11/25/2008 9:04 PM, Blogger SME said...

Turkey burger is outrageously expensive in Canada, for some reason. Beef's much cheaper. Veggie ground round is a bit expensive, too, but since we're not buying chicken anymore it's cool.

Richard used to like this, but Tater Gems give him heartburn. ;)

 
At 11/27/2008 6:13 PM, Blogger tweetey30 said...

hey mom and dad and Z-KID Happy Thanksgiving to you guys too.....

 
At 11/29/2008 9:16 PM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Turkey burger is not only cheaper and doesn't bleed, but doesn't have a taste, which is a good and bad thing.

The local drug store of all places has some pretty good generic soups. No, not great, but for generic soups, they're not bad at all. I use them for Thai curry (especially cream of mushroom) because it's healthier than using coconut milk all the time.

Yeah, you gotta do something to survive the economy. I'm getting really good at stretching food.

 
At 11/30/2008 8:21 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

ZS, actually turkey burger does have a flavor. It's a delicate flavor that is easily covered by what we add to it.

I miss fresh coconut! 40 yrs ago they always carried it in our local stores, but not anymore. What's up with that?

Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing my recipes for leftover turkey. Economical and delicious! ;)

 

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