Thursday, May 22, 2008

Take THAT tator tot casserole!

Oh YEAH! The Dugger Tator Tot Casserole thought it could not be beaten. It thought it would hold its place in the "really bad for you but everyone loves it" category forever. No longer, my friends. NO LONGER!

Duggar Tator Tot Casserole With a Butt Whoopin' Christine Twist

(from this day forward to be known as Christine's Hash Brown Casserole)

1 lb ground whatever (beef, chicken or turkey) cooked and drained
1-2 lbs of potatoes, grated (that's right - just on your old cheese grater)
2 cups of milk (your favorite - I prefer unsweetened soy)
1 stick of butter
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Dish out the meat into a casserole dish, then cover it with the grated potatoes. In a pan, melt the butter and add the milk, salt and pepper. Pour everything that is in the pan over everything that is in the casserole dish. Pop it in a 350 degree oven for one hour. You might need to put a cookie sheet underneath it, as mine bubbled over a little bit toward the end.

The leaner the meat and the healthier the milk, the better this gets. You could probably substitute some Smart Balance for the butter, as well, if your diet is necessitating such a thing.

This stuff was a total hit - even with me (and I was having my doubts that I could ever make it happen). It still holds onto the heart of a Tator Tot Casserole, but you can go to sleep that night without heartburn, and wake without having to take an earth shattering dump. Comfort food without sending you straight to an early grave.

I rock.


Lawree said...

Sounds a little bit like the Romanian version of moussaka (musaca). You just need to layer it, add a few onions and some tomato sauce on top...

Mary Beth said...

Yes ma'am, you do.

lana said...

you DO rock!

Jenny said...

Sounds yummy. Can't wait to try it!

LilySea said...

You rock, indeed.

Why did they use tater tots in the first place? Potatoes aren't just healthier, they're cheaper, no?

I am trying this as soon as I get some potatoes.

LilySea said...

P.S. Any reason not to add broccoli florets and some cheese? Or then would it just become a whole new dish?

Staci at Writing and Living said...

Sounds great!