Tater Tot Casserole

There is not much to say that can be bad about any combination including cheese and potatoes. This tater tot casserole was awesome! It was very easy to make, had great flavor and reheated even better the second day as leftovers.

Since grocery shopping was at Trader Joes this week and they do not always carry certain items like cream of chicken soup, there is a very simple way to make this dish or add an extra step that is a little on the healthier side. (Who says that about tater tots?!?!)

Here is the ingredient list:

  1. 1 bag Tater Tots
  2. 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese
  3. 1 Can Cream of chicken soup (substitute chicken stock thickened with cornstarch)
  4. 1 Cup Sour Cream
  5. Pepper
  6. Seasoning salt or garlic salt (could even add a ranch seasoning packet)
The pictures in this post represent the recipe in the Hot Logic mini but the ingredients list represents the 9x13.
If you choose not to use cream of chicken soup and replace it with chicken stock, warm 2 cups of chicken stock in a pan to a light boil. Mix about a 1/2 cup of water with 2 tbsp of cornstarch. Mix the water and cornstarch until there is no stick from the cornstarch in the water. Slowly pour the mixture in the boiling stock, turn off the heat and stir until thick.
Since this is Hot Logic lets keep it simple as always. Pour the tater tots in the dish and season them with the garlic salt and pepper. Then add the cheese, sour cream and stock or soup in and mix well. Once everything is mixed well, spread some cheese on the top.
To make this a dinner since the tater tots were made in the 6 cup Pyrex pan, I took some chicken tenderloins, rolled them in some BBQ sauce and cooked both dishes in the 9x13. 
Both of these cooked for about 4 hours while we went to a cider mill and enjoyed the beautiful fall weather. This is what my dishes looked like coming out!
Just remember, the 9x13 is a great option to cook a whole meal in two separate dishes. Hot Logic is so simple it can be easy to overcomplicate it at times and there is no need to do that.
I would highly recommend this tater tot dish as a holiday dish to pass. It made at least 4 decent servings in the mini and could serve more in the 9x13. 
Happy cooking everyone and thanks for stopping by! Have fun and feel free to add some fun things to your dish like bacon with chives on the top.