Allright, yawl. Dr. Ding has been menaced lo these many days hence by the grippe. The ague. The catarrh. The only things left in the attic are toys and mucus. So, let me share with you something that always makes my spirits brighter. Tater Tot Casserole.
Tater Tot Casserole a la Ding
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 to 1.5 lbs ground beef
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 2 cans green beans, drained (can substitute corn)
- 1 bag Ore-Ida Tater Tots (can use generic)
- Optional: 2 c. shredded cheddar, American, or Velveeta cheese
Saute the onion, garlic and ground beef. Drain. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add soup in, stir. Pour mixture into 13×9 in. pan, spread green beans evenly atop. With a flourish, dump Tots on top. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes at 350, or until Tots start to turn a rich, golden brown. Stare lovingly at what you’ve wrought. Add cheese and bake for another 10-15 minutes until cheese bubbles delectably. Remove from oven, allow to sit for 2-3 minutes before tearing into it like a wild, starving animal.